Everything you need to know about Tropical Hideaway and the island of Bequia. Although this guide book is primarily aimed at guests staying at Tropical Hideaway, it contains such a wealth of information about Bequia that it is invaluable for anyone who is thinking about visiting this beautiful Caribbean island.
From left to right, starting at the top 1) Rainbow Spirit as we leave Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. November 1996. 2) Rainbow Spirit wall painting. The artists, Dani, Corrie and Samie 3) Ocean sailing has many surprises and these wonderful dolphins were no exception. As seen off the port bow of Rainbow Spirit. 4) Rainbow Spirit with her "rainbow" multi coloured spinnaker flying. 5) Sometimes the weather can get rough. 40 knot winds and rough sea's make for an exhilarating but stressful few days. 6) We usually caught fish within a few hours of setting our line. This Mahi Mahi, also called Dorado or Dolphin fish (no relation to flipper) was nearly 4' long and kept us fed for several days. 7) Ocean sailing is a 24 hour responsibility and long, night time watches, can lead to extreme fatigue after several days. We operated a rotating watch system of 3 hours on and 6 hours off. 8) Ocean sailing is a roller coast ride of emotions. Fear and anxiety, fatigue and excitement make for an exhilarating but sometimes frightening journey. 9) After nineteen long days & nights and after travelling nearly 3000 miles across an ocean, making landfall was always a spectacular sight and an exciting time. We arrived in the Caribbean in 1996 after competing in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) . We made landfall in St Lucia a f ew days before Christmas, after spending 19 days and nights at sea onboard our Oyster 45' sailing yacht Rainbow Spirit. We cruised the Caribbean for two years, sailing from Antigua to Trinidad and finally succumbed to buying a piece of land in Bequia in 1998 and this where our building adventure begins.