We have been remiss in posting updates lately, partially because we have been busy running the boat, partially because we have had limited access to internet, and mostly because we have been enjoying the company of friends & family that have flown in to visit us.
Prior to departing the mainland of Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity and pleasure of travelling inland to visit El Yunque National Rain Forest where we spent the day hiking and swimming.
El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System and was well worth the day long exploration.
When the next appropriate weather window presented itself, we set a coarse east stopping first in Ensenada Honda, Culebra, in The Spanish Virgin Islands; next in Francis Bay, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands; and then on to Sopper’s Hole where we cleared immigration and customs in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Having bareboat chartered in the BVI on two previous occasions, we experienced yet another surreal moment after clearing in to the BVIs in our own boat. Familiar with the islands from prior visits we immediately set off for some of our favored destinations.
Trellis Bay, Beef Island was our next stop as it is a 5 minute easy access walk from the airport for visiting guests. Of couse no stop in Trellis Bay would be complete without visiting The Last Resort on Bellamy Cay in the middle of the Bay.
Next we crossed the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Great Harbor, Peter Island. Great Harbor is less frequented by charter boats and we enjoyed a quiet evening at Ocean’s Seven restaurant ashore, and the solitude of only a few other boats moored around us.
No trip to the BVI for visiting guests would be complete without stopping at The Bight at Norman Cay. From there, we snorkeled the Indians and the caves at Treasure Point, and also visited Pirates and the infamous William Thorton’s (a.k.a. Willy T’s).
We are currently tucked in at Nanny Cay Marina which is headquarters to several large charter companies. As such, it is a full service marina with a hotel and resort-style amenities on premises, making it another good spot for meeting visiting guests. It’s mid-island location on the south side of Tortola also makes it an ideal location for island hopping.
We still have much more of the BVI to explore and are looking forward to sharing additional updates on our journey as time and internet access allows.