I don’t know if there is any place on earth more gorgeous, tranquil than the British Virgin Islands. Christmas night I returned to PR for a quick turnaround to Tortola the next day. For the second year in a row I stepped out of reality, turned off the cell phone and returned to the calm, simplistic ways of the British Virgin Islands. Last year, my friend & I got a hotel on Cane Garden Bay and laid on the 1/4 mile beach for 4 straight days. This year, me and six friends rented a Catamaran and sailed the islands…. my jobs (1) Dinghy Captain and (2) Starboard tacker. I should have paid attention more when Dad motored us around growing up cause darn if I know how to drive a dinghy!
Day 1 — step back in-time to Cane Garden Bay for some quality time with friends I’d met last year. I’ve reaffirmed my love for CGB, the Elm’s hammock swings, Myett’s happy hour w/ Capeye on the guitar & Quito’s Reggae.
Day 2 — We’re on Varekai…. a romanesque word for “does not matter the place” and man let me tell you when you’re on a boat with six of the greatest friends in the middle of no-where BVIs it doesn’t matter which island comes next! Norman Island, Willy T’s, check!
Day 3 — Snorkeling the caves at Nroman Island followed by a lil sailing! Norman to Copper Island. Does anything else really matter?
Day 4 — The baths at Virgin Gorda, amazing rock formations, a lil snorkel, a lil hiking, a lil synchronized swimming and more tranquil living. End the night at Last Resort in Trellis Bay, slow service but great times!
Day 5 — 30th of Dec, we’re off to find a mooring ball Jost (fingers crossed!) We find a mooring in Little Harbor and decide to Dinghy over to White Bay to see if there’s better mooring there. We fina a better spot … and then it starts to rain. Hilarious, two bodies shivering cold in a dinghy, tied to a scarce mooring with sheets and sheets of rain coming down. Jost & White Bay are just as gorgeous as i remember — painkillers at Soggy Dollar are fantastic! And then a little walk over the hill to check out Foxy’s (locale for following evenings debauchery). Have i mentioned how much i love the BVIs?
Day 6 — We’re at the 4th, or is it 2nd or if you talk to the locals perhaps it’s THE most sought after NYE party in the world. Foxy’s Old Years Night party. But first let’s spend the day lazying around the white sandy beach, crystal blue waters bar hopping & enjoying reggae along the way. Did Ivan’s for dinner (place that “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service” was filmed) and met some real whack job girl and her husband (38-years her senior).
Day 7 — Happy Hangover Day! And we’re back in Cane Garden Bay. Have I mentioned how much I love this place?
Day 8 — Last day on the boat 😦 Then back to Cane Garden for the night (yes, you’re seeing a trend).
I love this place, I love the people I meet, I love the simplicity it provides and the way that everything becomes just a little bit clearer, what’s important in life a little bit brighter the moment i step foot on-island. All and all a great vacation; i learned to drive a dinghy, there’s something freeing about not wearing shoes for 7 days (yes, only on NYE did i put on even sandals :), we learned to sail a 50′ catamaran! and the only disappointment was the removal of brushetta from Myett’s menu!!
Farewell for now BVIs… See you next year!!!