Stretching throughout the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are a kaleidoscope of aquamarine waters, sun-soaked harbors, and white-sand beaches. Distinct ports of call can be found among the more than 25 pristine islands that make up the BVI. Throw away the to-do list and leave your day to chance, where you can search for turtles off the shores and find yourself gazing across the sea from a hilltop bar. Fill all your senses with spectacular scenery, delectable cuisine, and soft-sand beaches. The coral atoll of Anegada is the resting point of many a sunken ship and offers amazing underwater views for diving. From sprawling beaches to small villages you’re sure find your own reason to sail back on another return voyage.
Travel windward through the British Virgin Islands and catch the steady trade winds as they carry you to nearby destinations. Navigation is a breeze between islands lined with protected bays and sounds formed for easy anchoring. Throughout the islands you will find any of your requirements just a short trip away, from onboard provisions to onshore restaurants and a night out. With The Moorings’ base in Road Town, Tortola, you are assured of receiving the support you need to make your trip, from beginning to end, a smooth sailing experience. Those new to the sailing scene will find the tranquil seas and easily plotted courses of the BVI a perfect place to build upon their experience. And whether you are at the helm or resting on the sundeck you will find there is nothing quite like island hopping from the deck of your own yacht.
Location may not be everything but in the British Virgin Islands it’s what makes cruising so pleasurable. With its stretch of islands in the northeastern part of the Caribbean sailors can expect beautiful blue waters flowing into shaded caves and onto soft-sand beaches. Coral reefs surround the coast in an array of colors and are home to just as colorful marine life. Further inland bars, shops and restaurants spill through the winding streets and timeless villages are filled with the famous laid-back island ambiance.
The sights and sounds of Cane Garden Bay don’t just invite, they pull you in. Here beaches stretch into the green landscape and island shops make for an ideal stopover. The bay is an easy-access point at the northern side of Tortola and presents some of the area’s best views around. Adventure junkies have been known to linger here where prime windsurfing and kayaking conditions abound and the ocean welcomes many a diver.
Days at sea are balanced out by evenings on land where restaurants and bars line the coast and light up the shore. Try something new, like pumpkin fritters or conch, at Quito’s Gazebo, famous for its rum-based Bushwacker. Sink into your chair as the owner, Quito Rymer, entertains the crowds with his singing and guitar playing. You can even hop from place to place to take in the different sounds of calypso, fungi, and reggae that fill the bay.
Words such as unforgettable, breathtaking, and tranquil come to mind when visiting The Bight on Norman Island. From Road Town travel south to anchor among the sheltered coasts that lead to the famous Treasure Point with its four flooded caves. Enter the shallow stream of the northernmost cave that extends 70 feet into the rock and opens into a naturally formed cavern. Don a mask and flippers to follow the trail of your flashlight under the cool water. Above, the deep colors of the overhanging walls arch into darkness and form an intriguing entrance for passing travelers. Swim into the sun-filled ocean as you journey north to Pelican Island and the towering pinnacles of the Indians. Dive below and find yourself surrounded by an abundance of marine life from star coral to sea sponges to the bright fish that are just as curious as their swimsuit-clad visitors.
Find quiet in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda when you round Mosquito Island and chance upon this hushed retreat. The area is home to a number of peaceful beaches, luxury resorts, and gourmet dining. Places such as Leverick Bay, Vixen Point, and Saba Rock each provide their own shoreside attractions to stay busy for days. Authentic nautical ambience is found in and around John O’Point where The Bitter End Yacht Club gives sailors a place to rest and relax after days out on the sea. Or rejuvenate yourself at Saba Rock’s Caribbean resort with its personal feel and views across the sound between Prickly Island and Virgin Gorda.
From a distance the low-lying land of Anegada doesn’t rise from the ocean but rather reaches out amid a sea of blue. Here you can walk by salt ponds on the west side of the island and find yourself among pink Caribbean flamingos that have made this piece of the Caribbean their home for more than a decade. The aroma of wild orchids, pines and palm trees is carried on the breeze and across this isle formed of coral and limestone. A favorable southeasterly wind will help carry you from Virgin Gorda making for a pleasant passage to the northern island.
At Loblolly Bay you’ll discover one of the world’s best beaches where the scenery is just as beautiful above water as it is below. Or jump into a lagoon before drying off and sitting down to freshly caught lobster at Neptune’s Treasure or Anegada Reef Hotel.