December 2015 | Festiva Sailing Vacations Sample Itinerary: British Virgin Islands

Festiva Sailing Vacations Sample Itinerary: British Virgin Islands

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Highlights

  • Exploring the Baths of Virgin Gorda
  • The Soggy Dollar Bar, Foxy’s and The Willie T
  • The Wreck of the Rhone
  • The art galleries of Trellis Bay
  • Anegada’s pristine beaches

Overview

You’ll start at Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. It is the most developed yet it remains charmingly reminiscent of the West Indies’ past: a quiet, colonial atmosphere. Virgin Gorda, the second largest island, is famous for “The Baths,” characterized by huge boulders and crystal blue water with a sparkling white-sand beach. Other island stops include Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Peter Island and Norman Island.

Guests can fly into Beef Island on Tortola or the more popular Charlotte Amalie airport in St. Thomas and hop aboard the ferry for a scenic ride over to Tortola. Your catamaran “home” will be Hodges Creek Marina, just a taxi ride away from the ferry dock. Guests who arrive early can stroll around Road Town, where you can visit the local shops or enjoy a bite at one of the restaurants. Upon boarding, you’ll enjoy cocktails while watching your first Caribbean sunset followed by a delicious dinner prepared by the yacht’s chef.

Anse MarcelCruising Day 1:

Snorkel The Caves on Norman Island among colorful fish and then motor into “The Bight” on Norman Island.  This is the home of the famous “William Thornton,” a floating bar and restaurant known to many as the “Willy T.”

Cruising Day 2:

Begin your second day with a sail to Salt Island in protected and calm waters. Snorkel over the shipwrecked R.M.S. Rhone or take a walk around the shoreline in search of buried treasure. Next, sail to The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Enjoy lunch back on the boat and then sail up the spectacular coast to The Bitter End Yacht Club. Go ashore after dinner and take in a typical BVI evening.

Cruising Day 3:

Today all the sails are hoisted for a two hour cruise to the flat coral-sand island of Anegada. It is the perfect day to relax on the beaches and enjoy great sites and fantastic snorkeling. Tonight is your first night dining ashore. Choose your lobster and watch it sizzle on the beach BBQ in front of the Anegada Reef Hotel or select a meal from the specials of the evening.

69060479Cruising Day 4:

After a super sail back to Mountain Point on Virgin Gorda you’ll stop for lunch and fantastic snorkeling among the granite boulders. From here, you’ll sail through the Dog Islands to Marina Cay, a private island resort off the East side of Tortola. Dinner on board and a good night’s rest in this calm anchorage will prepare you for the exciting day ahead.

Cruising Day 5:

After coffee, the boat moves to Monkey Point on Guana Island for breakfast followed by a snorkel. Lunch is at a unique little islet off the island of Jost van Dyke. With a good coverage of shade and a few palm trees, walk around this island in just five minutes and snorkel the surrounding coral reef. It’s nearly time for happy hour at the world famous Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke.

Cruising Day 6:

WEB1White Bay, just around the corner from Foxy’s, is a spectacular strip of white sand fringed with coconut palms. Put your dollars into your pocket and swim ashore to the Soggy Dollar Bar. You’ll spend a leisurely day here before returning to Tortola, checking in at the famous Soper’s Hole. This is the last night where you will dine ashore and enjoy late evening entertainment.

Cruising Day 7:

After breakfast, a short cruise brings you back to the boat’s base. With joyful memories and newly made friends, you’ll wish everyone farewell until the next cruise with Festiva Sailing Vacations.

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