Suggestions for Sailing the BVI

Sailing the BVI is restful and invigorating at the same time. The 60+ islands that comprise the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are full of tranquil bays, natural wonders, astounding sealife, and a rich man-made history. Whether you steer your own sailing vacation with our bareboat catamaran charters or indulge in an affordable, but luxurious crewed catamaran charter, we know you will want to come back to the BVI again and again.

The suggested BVI sailing itinerary below highlights must-see morsels of these enchanting islands.

Virgin Gorda

From your start on Tortola from our Maya Cove base, sail across to The Baths on Virgin Gorda to explore its unique geological formations of volcanic granite boulders, some more than 40 feet in diameter. You can trek through this protected park’s unique caverns as shown in the video at right to be rewarded with enjoyment of a picturesque beach that often shows up on top ten lists of the best beaches in the world.

Then a quick sail Virgin Gorda Sound for the evening. Enjoy the Leverick Bay Restaurant  and a more casual atmosphere at Jumbie’s Beach Bar until 9:00 p.m.

Saba Rock is worth a dinghy landing to explore the tiny island or watch kite-surfers…or take a go at it yourself. You are sure to find a place to perch with a Painkiller and to feed the tarpon.

Further up Virgin Gorda, there are the standard Bitter End restaurants, but you may want to pass them by and try Sugarcane‘s happy hour for a sundowner about 4:30 p.m.

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Tortola

Then sail downwind across the top of Tortola toward Cane Garden Bay. There are several possible stops:

  • Scrub Island has lots of new development to enjoy.
  • Pusser’s Marina Cay has something for everyone in the family from snorkeling to relaxing to sampling delicious rum cake (and tropical drinks).
  • Trellis Bay offers a few beach Roti type restaurants, and if your timing is right, you might catch a Full Moon Party.

As you continue across the top of Tortola, you’ll pass by incomparable White Bay on the private resort, Guana Island, note that visiting the beach is reserved exclusively for resort guests, but you will enjoy the view.  Stop at Monkey Point, one of the top 5 snorkeling spots in the BVI for enjoying arrays of colorful fish and interesting creatures such as squid called cuttlefish.

Upon arrival in Cane Garden Bay, you will enjoy fine seafood and Caribbean cuisine while dining in the gazebo at Myett’s.

Jost Van Dyke

sandy spit bviHop over to Jost van Dyke. Stop at Sandy Spit on the east side of Little Jost van Dyke on the way there if it fits in your schedule for a snorkel, dive, or just to walk the 360-degree beach.

On Jost, drink and dine your way through with these suggestions:

  • Start in White Bay with Soggy Dollar Bar.
  • Don’t miss Hendo’s Hideout, the bar to the right of Soggy on the other side of the thatch fence.
  • Then around Dog Hole Point in Great Harbor, hit the next world famous BVI hangout, Foxy’s Tamarind Bar.
  • Another limin’ place is Corsairs right down the block from Foxy’s.

As you get back to Tortola, continuing counterclockwise back into Drake’s Channel and round the West End, try Pusser’s Landing in Sopers Hole for a Painkiller and dining. You’ll find easy moorings and plenty of dock space, even for a catamaran.

Sailing south to Norman Island stop in Pirates Bight where there is a full-service dive shop as well as plenty of cocktail and dining opportunities. A new restaurant in the area Norman Island is The Club that offers Mediterranean and Jamaican cuisine with an amazing tropical drink menu.

And, of course, no trip to Norman Island is complete without a stop at Willy-T.

Finish at Cooper Island. It has several restaurants and even a coffee lounge. Get there before the crowd, both for the moorings and the dinner tables.

An early morning departure will put you back at your charter base at Maya Cove just in time for the gas docks to open if you are bareboating.

Perhaps you’ve noted that these BVI suggestions will take more than a week. So our final suggestion is to either extend your stay or plan on a return visit soon!

Norman Island

Sailing south to Norman Island stop in Pirates Bight where there is a full-service dive shop as well as plenty of cocktail and dining opportunities. A new restaurant in the area Norman Island is The Club that offers Mediterranean and Jamaican cuisine with an amazing tropical drink menu.

And, of course, no trip to Norman Island is complete without a stop at Willy-T.

Cooper Island

Finish at Cooper Island. It has several restaurants and even a coffee lounge. Get there before the crowd, both for the moorings and the dinner tables.

An early morning departure will put you back at your charter base at Maya Cove just in time for the gas docks to open if you are bareboating.

Perhaps you’ve noted that these BVI suggestions will take more than a week. So our final suggestion is to either extend your stay or plan on a return visit soon!

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