Written by Missy Johnston
British Virgin Islands
Join your yacht in the British Virgin Islands in Tortola. Set sail for an easy The Bight on Norman Island. Enjoy your first lunch aboard then tender over to the caves for a snorkel. Enjoy an evening cocktail at the Pirate’s Bight Restaurant. Overnight.
Peter Island Resort
Wake early and leave for “The Indians” for your early morning swim or snorkel. Or head straight for “Dead Man’s Bay“, Peter Island, for lunch on board. Perhaps before lunch enjoy a hike on the island to the abandoned villa and cigar factory. After lunch cruise to Salt Island. For those who enjoy diving, Salt Island is home to the “Wreck of the Rhone“, lost in a hurricane in 1867. Visit the Cooper Island Beach Club for cocktails or dinner.
After breakfast, head towards “The Baths“, on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. Huge boulders mass together along the shoreline, creating fantastic scenery. The whole area around the baths is lined with soft sandy beaches and crystal clear azure water. Sail up to the North Sound at the northern end of the island – the home of the Bitter End Yacht Club. It’s a short dingy ride out to Eustatia Reef for a snorkel – the seabed here is littered with old cannons and anchors from galleons wrecked on the reef in centuries past.
Cane Garden Bay
In the morning, cruise to Great Camanoe Island. The snorkeling here is excellent. Take the tender to Monkey Point on Guana Island for another snorkel or just to relax on one of the two fine white sandy beaches. Head for the evening anchorage in Cane Garden Bay on the northern side of Tortola. At night, this beach comes alive with activity including live music in the bar/restaurants along the shoreline.
Jost Van Dyke
After breakfast sail over to Green Cay. This is a tiny, tropical, deserted sandy island – a great location for a beach picnic! Head to Jost van Dyke in the afternoon and anchor in Great Harbor, home of Foxy’s Bar, and “downtown” Jost Van Dyke. Join in to sing and dance until the sun comes up.
Pusser’s Company Store
White Bay is located just around the corner for a swim and snorkel. After, cruise to West End Tortola. Here there are great boutiques and craft shops and the locally made Pusser’s Rum Landing Restaurant and Company Store.
Time to disembark. Leave by ferry from Soper’s Hole if flying out of St. Thomas. If flying out of Tortola, cruise on board to Roadtown for a taxi to Beef Island airport.