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Sailing with Siblings in the BVI

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A July 2006 trip to British Virgin Islands by mplunkert

A beautiful day anchorage in the BVI Photo, More Photos
Quote: Wide, white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, water sports galore, incredible sunsets, unique dining opportunities—the British Virgin Islands has it all, and more.

Sailing with Siblings in the BVI

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Overview

A beautiful day anchorage in the BVI Photo,
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When my husband’s three siblings and their spouses announced that they’d like to join us on our annual sailing trip, I immediately decided that the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) would be our sailing territory this year. I wanted to be sure that we were never far from land, and, having sailed the area a couple of times in the past, I knew all would enjoy the seemingly endless array of white sand beaches that flank the clear turquoise waters, the phenomenal snorkeling opportunities, the incredible sunsets, and the exceptional dining experiences that the B.V.I. offers. The British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) is a chain of over 40 islands, islets, and cays (pronounced “keys”) in the West Indies t...Read More

Pirates Bight Beach Bar and Grill

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Restaurant | "Pirates Bight"

Pirates Bight Beach Bar and Grill Photo, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
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Having sailed to Norman Island and spent a couple of hours snorkeling the Caves, which are just around the corner of the Bight anchorage, the crew voted to go ashore for dinner. We elected to make reservations at Pirates Bight, which is right off the beach at the Bight. It is not as well-known as the Willie T’s (aka the William Thornton), the other restaurant at the Bight. Having visited Willie T’s (a floating restaurant and definitely worth a visit if you have not been there) on four previous visits, we chose to dine at Pirates Bight this time around, attracted by the West Indian cuisine menu. Overlooking the bay, Pirates Bight offers a romantic ambience, quite the counter to Willie T’s party atm...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2006

Pirates Bight Beach Bar and Grill
Norman Island
British Virgin Islands
(284) 496-7827

Rhymer's Beach Bar

Restaurant

Rhymer's Beach Bar Photo, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
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Rhymer’s Beach Bar is located right on the beach at Cane Garden Bay. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and four of our crew elected to have dinner here, (the rest of the crew remained on the boat, too tired from our long sail that day.) There is no street address for the restaurant —only a P.O. box— but it’s hard to miss. It’s the only big pink building overlooking the bay. (The phone number is 809-495-4639 should you want to call for directions.) Appearance-wise, it didn’t look like much, but we weren’t looking for "elegant" on this occasion. As it turned out, we got much more than we expected. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the prices were v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2006

Rhymer's Beach Bar
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
(809) 495-4639

Brandywine Bay Restaurant

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Restaurant

Brandywine Bay Restaurant Photo,
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I wanted our final dinner at the end of our 2-week cruise to be extra special. Based on some research I had done, I selected the Brandywine Bay Restaurant for this last meal. It is definitely a DON’T MISS! The elegant Caribbean ambience, the 5-star service, and the uniquely prepared, delicious food combined to make this a wonderfully memorable experience for all of us. Everyone still raves about the food and the experience when we talk on the phone. Although it was the most expensive place at which we dined, all believe it was also the “best value” overall. The Brandywine Bay Restaurant is located just 3 miles east of Road Town on Tortola. Perched atop a hill overlooking Brandywine Bay ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2006

Brandywine Bay Restaurant
Brandywine Bay
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
(284) 495-2301

Callwood Distillery

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Attraction

Callwood Distillery Photo, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
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The Callwood Rum Distillery had been on our list of “to-dos” on previous sails around the BVI, but we had always run into a time constraint. This year we were able to tour this 406-year-old establishment, located at Cane Garden Bay on Tortola. It doesn’t appear to have a “formal” address, but you can ask any islander for directions, and he will be able to give them to you. For those of you who are sailors, it is a relatively short walk from the dinghy dock—take a left on the main road paralleling the beach and keep walking until you see the sign.I was a bit surprised by the size (small) and appearance (dilapidated) of the distillery. Our first sight was of children playing stickball imme...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2006

Callwood Distillery
Cane Garden Bay
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Snorkeling

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Attraction

Snorkeling Photo, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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There are numerous snorkeling opportunities in the British Virgin Islands. Some, however, are better than others. And—as I discovered on this trip—things change. I have often raved about the snorkeling off Loblolly Bay, Anegada. I had described it as an underwater wonderland after my experiences nine and ten years ago. Thus, I was especially looking forward to revisiting it this time around. I was incredibly disappointed. It appears that a lot of the coral has died, and the fish are not nearly as abundant. Still, it was good in comparison to other snorkeling locations in the eastern Caribbean Islands. We obviously did not visit every snorkeling spot during our 2-week cruise, and the limits of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2006

Snorkeling
Tortola Beach
Tortola, British Virgin Islands