Caribbean Sailing Chapter One

 

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This time of year my thoughts turn to the Caribbean. Enough of the cold wind, snow, ice, and winter misery. I have decided it’s time to take a trip south and I’m taking you with me! So, get your sunglasses, swim suit, and suntan lotion and let’s go. 

First stop – www.travelguy.info for the latest travel advice, money-saving tips, and purchase our airline tickets, check our passports, obtain travel insurance, and make our hotel reservations.

 

We will be visiting St. Thomas, USVI, Tortola, BVI, Virgin Gorda BVI, Jost Van Dyke, BVI, Norman Island, BVI, Peter Island, BVI and Saba Rock, BVI. These islands are east of Puerto Rico, the red dot on the map below.

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We will start on the island of Virgin Gorda (the Fat Virgin) in the British West Indies (BVI). We purchase our airline tickets for St. Thomas in the USVI and, from there, we buy airline tickets aboard a single engine prop plane to Virgin Gorda, that’s where the adventure gets exciting!

 The airport in Virgin Gorda is right on the water and as we begin our descent, over the water, there isn’t any land below us, but you see the water coming closer and closer. Then, at the last moment, we feel the impact and we see a dirt runway as the tires hit the ground. Welcome to Virgin Gorda.

 

Saba Rock and Virgin Gorda 2The customs and immigration area consist of a small building that will accommodate, maybe, ten to twelve people at a time. Once our passports are stamped we proceed outside to obtain transportation to the dock at Baker’s Bay, Gun Creek Landing. If we are lucky, there will be a pickup or two waiting for passengers, if not, we wait until a local needing some cash arrives in his car or pickup. As far as I know, there aren’t any “real” taxis. Keep telling yourselves “this is an adventure”.

We then proceed to Gun Creek Landing (about 20-30 minutes from the airport) down a winding, bumpy road. Once arriving at the landing we phone Saba Rock, our first destination, and request the ferry. Saba Rock is a tiny island off the coast of Virgin Gorda and has only one hotel. The island is only large enough our hotel.

Free shuttle boat from Gun Creek to Saba Rock - Picture of Saba Rock, Virgin GordaPhotos of Saba Rock Resort, Virgin Gorda

We will spend a day or two here. Saba Rock is a quaint little hotel used mostly by small yacht owners who want to get off the boat awhile before sailing off to another exotic location. We have dinner there our first evening and the next morning we have coffee and watch the boats as they prepare for another excursion in the Caribbean. After coffee, we catch the ferry to the Bitter End Yacht Club (just across the channel from Saba Rock, 5 min.) to enjoy a day of relaxing and soaking up the warm Caribbean sun.

 

After returning to Saba Rock and getting dressed for the evening (long pants and a casual shirt) we once again catch the ferry bound for Biras Creek Resort (pronounced “beer us”). We arrive before sundown and have a drink on their large outdoor patio overlooking the bay. There are hundreds of small sailing yachts in the bay with their bright white masts standing tall in the late afternoon sun. As the sun begins its descent into the sea, we witness the bay turning many shades of red, gold, purple and orange, beautiful)…then a 5 star dinner and return to Saba Rock for a nightcap, hammock, and the glorious Caribbean moon overhead. It is a gorgeous full moon (more on the “full moon” later in the trip!)

 

The next day our captain arrives with his 40′ Beneteau sailing yacht. This yacht is equipped with two queen size staterooms with their own head (bathroom to the landlubbers), galley, and two dining areas! Our captain is with his First Mate (his wife) who will, over the next several days, prepare the most delicious, eye-pleasing gourmet meals!

We load our gear, mostly swimsuit, t-shirts, flip-flops, and a toothbrush and off we sail on our Caribbean adventure. An adventure that will take us to unoccupied, warm, white sand beaches, beach bars made from driftwood, water activities, and a nightlife you might not expect!

Check back next week for Chapter Two of our adventure.

 

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About Gene Hess

Hi, My name is Gene. I started this site to share with you my travel experiences and to provide tips I have learned to make your travel more exciting, keep you from some of the "pitfalls" I have encountered when traveling, and share with you some of the websites I have found very helpful to make your travels...Carefree! I have walked on the Great Wall of China, been on safari in South Africa, walked the sands of North Africa, and floated leisurely down the canals of Venice. I have learned a lot about traveling and I want to share it with you. I hope you find it informative and profitable when it is time for your "great adventure"!
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