Posted by: rosyroadsadventures | November 6, 2011

The Virgins

N 18° 23.86′   W 64° 38.18′

Nanny Cay, BVI’s

We arrived at Nanny Cay today and are ready for our boatyard experience.  As soon as we are done here we will be looking for good weather to make the passage to St. Martin. It is exciting to move on, but we know we are leaving one of the best cruising grounds in the world. The British, Spanish & US Virgin Islands provide easy and pleasant boating for those of us who enjoy short hops, lots of anchorage choices and relatively protected waters.

Being here during the hurricane season was a calculated risk, and we did it so that we wouldn’t have to rush south of hurricane territory, where many Eastern Caribbean cruisers spend the summer months. If we had left earlier – say December instead of April – we could have easily gotten to Grenada with time to enjoy the many stops along the way, but that departure time-frame did not work for us.  

Given our experience here this year we would have to think carefully before doing it again. You really do feel like you are in the bull’s eye when those tropical waves are zooming around. We were rewarded with having our choice of beautiful anchorages with few tourists here. We are glad we had the chance to get acquainted with the Spanish & US VI’s besides spending time in our old favorite, the BVI’s.

 

Sandcastle Resort & Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, BVI's

 
 

BVI’s:  The British Virgins are a boater’s paradise. Numerous anchorages in close proximity to each other, pretty beaches, great snorkeling, protected cruising waters, and many opportunities for food and fun ashore can be found in this beautiful country made up of 4 larger islands and numerous smaller islands and cays. Typical BV Islanders are a reserved people and welcoming to both charter boaters,  cruisers and land visitors as their primary industry 

Self service mooring pay station, Leinster Bay, St. John

St. John:  Two thirds of St. John is park land generously donated by Laurance Rockefeller. There is no airport here and the island can be accessed only by ferries or private boats. There are numerous regulations to protect this beautiful island and its pristine seas and coral preserves. The boating rules are tricky and some harbors are off-limits or crowded with local boats and private moorings. It’s a nice place to cruise once you know your way around. 

Hull Bay, St. Thomas

St. Thomas:  This cruise ship destination has the expected big town atmosphere with a busy port, shopping and marina facilities. There are beautiful and peaceful places here if you search for them, and the people are very friendly. We found St. Thomas to be a pleasant surprise despite it’s crime rate.

Sunrise at Dakity anchorage, Culebra

Spanish Virgins:  Vieques, Culebra and the several smaller cays that make up the Spanish Virgin Islands are one of the best kept destination secrets – by sea and by land – offering tranquility, world class beaches, comfortable anchorages (if you choose carefully) and a quaint Spanish island flavor. We were surprised that many of the Puerto Rican folks we met had never visited the SVI’s even though they are accessible by inexpensive ferries.

Tonight we are at the Nanny Cay marina and hope to be hauled first thing in the morning. The winds are calm and it is looking like this is going to be a HOT, HOT, HOT week. With any luck we will get all of the work done quickly and be “splashed”, as they say, on Friday and on our way.

It may be awhile before the next post. Keep your fingers crossed for speedy painters and wish us luck!!!

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  1. Elaine and Bob – all I can say is WOW!!! I want to grow up and be you. What a wonderful idea – congrats! It looks simply wonderful…


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