Save money by cooking in your suite’s kitchen at the tucked-away Sugarapple Inn (from $110), located a few minutes’ walk away from a white-sand beach on the island’s southeast coast. To stock up on food and liquor, head to Doris Fresh Foods (784-458-3625) a specialty grocery in the main hub of Port Elizabeth.
Sleep on Port Elizabeth’s waterfront at the West Indian–style Frangipani Hotel, where you can choose a bargain-priced room in an old sea captain’s house with a shared bathroom (from $75), or trade up to a hillside suite (from $285) for a balcony and views over Admiralty Bay. At cocktail hour, drop by the bar, popular with yachters, to order the signature Frangi Fever cocktail ($4) made with rum, orange juice, ginger ale, and cinnamon.
Splurge on a rustic but elegant room at the Firefly Bequia (from $395), a luxury hotel that stands on a working 30-acre fruit plantation on the island’s more remote northeast end. The property’s four rooms and two-bedroom cottage (from $795) come with Italian linens, outdoor showers, ocean-view balconies, and no televisions. Unwind with a game of tennis or a swim in the pool, followed by afternoon tea with homemade bread and jam made with ingredients grown on the plantation.