Journey to a place where the legends of pirates linger on the shores, white sand beaches wrap around ports, and laid-back towns forgo the rush of life. Power cruising in the British Virgin Islands gives you the chance to find your own definition of the phrase “paradise lost.”
Take your luxury powercat through the extensive scattering of destination options that span from Tortola to Cooper Island to Virgin Gorda. Short passages mean you will have more time to explore the various isles and the surrounding shores. While an entire trip could be spent simply lounging on the different beaches, you will find it well worth it to hit the waves on a kayak, stand up paddleboard or fitted with goggles. Take advantage of what lies further inland as well where you will find charismatic bars and shops filled with keepsakes so you can always remember your time in the BVI.
Because of the excellent line-of-sight navigation and sheltered waters, the BVI has become one of the top destinations for a powerboat yacht charter. Easily anchor or pick up a quick mooring for an overnight stay in and around Tortola where you will find the service a stress-free experience. After taking a rest at The Moorings Power base in Road Tow walk through the streets and take in the sights of welcoming locals and peaceful vistas. For those new to the powerboating scene, the BVI is an excellent starting point for hands-on experience without sacrificing a single view. Here you can leave behind any lingering winter chills and lose yourself in the balmy weather that mixes with the trade winds and makes cruising an opportune moment.
It could be the dazzling blue waters around Virgin Gorda or the diverse onshore attractions on Tortola but the BVI has continued to lure in travelers again and again. Here you will find yourself cruising into sheltered waters while down below a rainbow of colors fill the sea with playful fish, delicate coral, and glistening waves. While traveling on your powerboat you can simply find a quiet spot, drop anchor and dive in to do some snorkeling or scuba diving. Your boat provides is more than a mode of transportation but an at-shore home for dining, sunbathing and taking in the views of the BVI. See for yourself what has made the British Virgin Islands so popular among sailors throughout the years.
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.