Things like “best ever…”, “can’t wait to do it again…”, “at last we found paradise…” are just a few of the comments that have become synonymous with a sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Surprisingly… many people don’t know that such vacations are possible and many that are aware that such vacations are possible… well… think that such a vacation is financially out of reach. The truth is that they are very affordable and a LOT of fun… in fact they are exactly what you want them to be.
Whether you are looking for a total break from reality and simply drifting around on a boat with a book and a few cocktails or… getting that adrenaline pumping through a variety of waters ports, hiking, visiting a number of happy beach bars and tasting the rum and eating like kings and queens… tanning, laughing and more… then this is a vacation you should consider.
The British Virgin Islands are simply breathtaking. The water is crystal clear and people are hospitable and friendly.
To some, the word “sailing” conjures up thoughts of crusty old sea dogs, confined spaces, dingy sleeping arrangements and lot’s of seasick feelings. That may have been the scenario many years ago. Today, the crews are professionals who come from all walks of life to ensure that you have the best possible experience. The boats of choice are catamarans, because they offer lot’s of space and comfort. As for feeling seasick… it is very uncommon, as these catamarans are very stable. On the odd occasion, we have seen some not feeling well, but that has been as a result of partaking in a little too much rum the night before.
What can you expect on such a vacation? Well… for starters, the scenery will blow you away. The luxury surroundings and features on these boats offer almost all the trappings one has back home. The food is prepared by gourmet chefs and the menus are designed according to your specific food requirements. As for the rest… this is where the fun starts.
Sailing is a peaceful, relaxing experience for families, groups of friends, honeymoon couples or just about anyone for that matter. Just hearing the water lapping across the bow as you head to the next secluded bay is good for the soul. There is so much to do at the various stops, from paddle boarding to wake-boarding and skiing, snorkeling, diving, beach games, board games, you name it. One can even try your hand at fly boarding, kite boarding, wind surfing or Hobie cat sailing.
Cocktails at sundown, relaxing on the water, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive “green flash” is another part of the day that everyone enjoys. A time to reflect on the days happenings and the highlights and go over plans for the next day. It’s also a good time to post your days pics on social media and make all your friends jealous. Most of the charter boats have internet 24/7, so even though you are in paradise, you are not totally isolated, unless you decide to leave all the electronic toys at home.
Often, one sees pictures of holiday venues and they are nothing like that when you get there… and you feel a little depressed. Well… when we were busy getting our visa’s a few years ago, the gentleman that did our interview said something that I would like to quote here. He said, “You have obviously see all the amazing pictures of the British Virgin Islands?” “Absolutely” we said. He continued and said, “well… none of them do it justice… in reality… it’s MUCH nicer!!” We are pleased to advise that his words were true and we now hear this all the time.
Why don’t you think of the British Virgin Islands as a possibility for your next holiday of a lifetime – enjoy the local hospitality and beautiful surroundings. More importantly… enjoy it from the luxury of your own private sailing catamaran.