|A - Soper's Hole, Tortola B - Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, C - Cooper Island, |
D - Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda, E - Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda
|Picture perfect Caribbean!|
|Methodist Church on Jost Van Dyke after Palm |
Palm Sunday we went to Jost Van Dyke's Great Harbor....the home of Foxy's. Took the dingy into "town". On the beach side of the packed sand road, hammocks are strung between the palm trees. The other side of the road is a series of small restaurants, shops and FOXY'S. I'm not sure how any of the other businesses manage to survive. Everyone that visits wants to see the famous Foxy's. The bar/restaurant is named after it's founder Foxy Callwood, a singer, entrepreneur and 5th generation son on Jost.
|The hammock side of the road.|
|Main street in Jost.|
|We visited between the lunch and dinner crowds.|
|Did I forget to mention -- Jost has a beautiful bay?|
|Arriving at Cooper Island.|
Cooper Island has a pristine bay that is remarkable even among the best. And, to make it even a more desirable their restaurant is phenomenal. Recently, they rebuilt the facilities. The cute Caribbean colored cottages are gone. Instead everything is groomed and landscaped and the buildings are a sand beige. We liked the former style, but the water and food are still among the best in the BVI.
|Lush new landscaping and new rental units.|
This is one of those places I could easily spend a week just relaxing....with or without a boat.
|Small tables in the water for real beachfront dining.|
|The nights are as beautiful as the days.|
|This is as close as we got to the rich and famous.|
Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson's private
island. The 10 bedroom villa can be rented for
$38,000/day. Should I inquire about dates for
any of you?
Twenty-three mile/hour winds with gusts to 35 arrived Wednesday (16) night and started dying down on Sunday (20). We were originally going to leave on Saturday, but the winds were still blowing like crazy. Then another glitch, the customs office closed on Good Friday at noon and wouldn't open until Monday. The BVI requires check out 12 - 24 hours before departure. So, our departure day is Tuesday. It's OK, we will have a smoother (11 hour) trip to Anguilla.
In order to be secure during the big blow we attached to a mooring ball in Gorda Sound on Wednesday morning after a night in Leverick Bay. Gorda Sound is home to The Bitter End Yacht Club -- a huge resort. To boater's the bitter end means the end of the free line. In this case it means the last stop before heading out to sea.
Here's a new one for us -- The night before Easter there was a big fireworks display. It was beautiful and seemed very appropriate....He has risen!
This visit to the BVI has really been a walk down memory lane. We have revisited some favorite places that were introduced to us about 15 years ago, when we chartered a sailboat with three other couples. Those were wilder days! We had some great times especially memorable were Cooper Island and the Bitter End. While enjoying dinner at the Bitter End we were told that if we didn't quiet down we would have to leave! We had always thought that the Bitter End was one of those places where anything goes. Through the years we have come to consider it a badge of honor to be reprimanded in such a legendary location!
|Off the dingy and on land!|
|Strollin' the grounds like we belong.|
|Lunch at The Fat Virgin Cafe, |
a Biras Creek Resort outpost.
Gotta smile -- we're lovin the ride!