As the island is small, many places are accessible on foot from Port Elizabeth. Everything else is a quick trip by bus, taxi or other motorized transportation.
Opposite the waterfront in Port Elizabeth, Handy Andy’s (458-3722) rents out mountain bikes (per day US$20), motor scooters (US$25), Honda 250cc motorcycles (US$55) and Jeep Wranglers (US$75). Vehicles can also be rented from Sunset Rentals and Island Tours (458-3782; Port Elizabeth).
Port Elizabeth is full of ‘dollar vans, ’ shared minibuses that will take you to most main-road destinations on the island for EC$1 to EC$4 per trip. For route information, have a chat to the driver or drop into the tourist office in Port Elizabeth. It can sometimes get crowded, so isn’t the best option if you’re carrying luggage.
Taxis on Bequia are great fun; the open-air pickup trucks have bench seating in the back and wind-generated air-conditioning. The fees are set and should be agreed upon prior to departure. The drivers are friendly and can act as good tour guides (EC$65 per hour) if you’re keen to see the island.
From Port Elizabeth it costs EC$20 to Lower Bay or Friendship Bay, and EC$30 to the airport. Taxis meet flights at the airport and there is a glut of them near the docks in Port Elizabeth.