Just back from Bequia, it is a wonderful place with great people who invite you into their lives. Just one glaring flaw, but an easy one to steer clear of. Avoid the Bequia Vegetable Market, aka The Rasta Market. It is a blue building, part of a complex between the Ferry dock and Coco’s, on the seaside of the street. Instead of shopping there, buy your fruits and vegetables from real Bequians; they have stalls along Frontstreet, Backstreet and everywhere else. Stores like Doris’ and Knights on Backstreet are great. There are good stores on Frontstreet near the ferry as well. Gourmet grocers near Cocos and the Port of Entry pier have great food as well. Simply put, you have lots of choice among these and other vendors closer to your beach.
I had a couple bad experiences in the Bequia Vegetable Market: there is a sign on the wall telling you how the vendors are supposed to behave, but they still swarmed my wife and I, handing us prefilled bags and demanding a fortune, becoming insulting when we would not pay. This was not the simple bartering that happened when we bought produce at every other fruit stand. One guy tried to put fruit in my mouth, another tried substituting bad fruit for the pieces I had picked out. Deal with the women at the back, they are more reasonable. If you do shop there, keep you wits about you and know that these guys are not representative of the fine Bequian people.
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