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British Virgin Isles - Info needed!

We are bare-boating a 45' cat in January. We are looking for suggestions for great anchorages, great food, caution spots, etc. We love to party, but we also enjoy basking in the sun at beautiful locales. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!!
Thanks,
Mike

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Comment by Mike on October 26, 2008 at 10:27am
Ahoy all,
This is some great stuff! I'm glad I joined. I'd love to hook up on the water if that chance ever happens. It would be great to have a "Pain-Killer" or two! Thanks for the info, I'll certainly hit as many suggestions as possible. Let me know if I be of any help for west coast sailing.
See ya soon and keep the info and tide flowing. Enjoy!
Comment by Dave on October 22, 2008 at 11:07pm
I've sailed the BVI maybe 10 or 15 times. JVD is a big hit with most people - - Foxy's is one of the best known beach bars / places to eat in the world. The Soggy Dollar Bar [where Pain Killers were invented] is nothing like it used to be. New owner doesn't even use the original formula. My favorite place is Cooper Island Beach Club - - it's not a club. It's small and sits right on the water. Sit at your table and watch the sun set between Tortola and St Thomas/St John. Take your dingy or boat to Salt Island and see the salt ponds where the British Navy got its salt for generations. I don't know if anybody lives there anymore. You can find the graves of victims of the mail boat that sank in the hurricane and another group of former residents. Don't miss the Baths - - there is nothing else in world like them. North Sound is a beautiful place but I think the Bitter End Yacht Club is expensive. I usually get a mooring ball near the "Light House". Norman Island is a fun place[climb to the top]. By all means go to Anageda and be sure to follow the channel markers in - - the best lobster dinner in the world. The "Last Resort" at Beef Island is not what it used to be. Marina Key is nice but really just another Pussers. All in all, you're going to love it wherever you go. I wouldn't even think about going to the St Thomas for any reason.
Comment by Joe A on October 22, 2008 at 11:08am
If you get a chance, and like snorkelling, grab a day use mooring at The Indians. These are a small set of steep islands near the bight at Norman Island. Snorkelling up and down the steep wall we saw a very diverse assortment of fish and coral.
Comment by Dean W. Martin on October 21, 2008 at 10:57pm
Have only chartered the BVI twice, so no expert but do have some suggestions. first Great Harbour very fun, anchor early it gets crowded and the hold can be tenuous. the baths are a must, careful the swells can be dangerous. snorkeling spots to consider, Norman Island caves, the reef outside Sabo Island, the area near Cooper Island that has a dinghy tie up ( ). Night spots, dicks last resort behind Beef Island, Foxys, Bitter End Yacht Club to name a few. Also consider doing the Pussers quest, drinking a PainKiller at three of Pussers clubs and having them certified gets you a pennant certificate (and something to talk about when you get home) we drank one of ours at 9 AM on Marina Cay. It has been a few years since we were last there, if I can jog my memory i will write more later. dwm
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Comment by David Tatom on October 5, 2008 at 11:23am
You need to anchor at Jost Van Dyke in Great Harbour. On Friday and Saturday nights one of the local bars, and resturants, Foxy's, have a BBQ. It is great food and fun. You need to get there early and get you name on the list for dinner. Of course, we think Foxy's is fun anytime you go.

David

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