Thursday, November 7, 2019

Day 3665 - The British Virgin Islands

Have you been to the Caribbean?


As you know I've been having a very big Festival of Fifty which took us to the Caribbean recently. I've promised to write about the British Virgin Islands and give it the attention it deserves.  As I sit here madly blogging on the morn of my 21st wedding anniversary with wringing wet hair and some peak hour traffic to tackle in the next half an hour, I'm still not sure I'm giving the BVI's the attention I had hoped, but at least I can give you a photo album of turquoise splender.



Firstly, where are the British Virgin Islands?

Well, they are a British territory in the Caribbean not far from Puerto Rico and right next to the US Virgin Islands. Of course Mr British Virgin himself owns an island there (Richard Branson).

How do you get there?

We travelled to Miami and flew to the US Virgin Island of St Thomas where we caught a ferry to Tortola to meet our boat.

What's the best way to get around the BVI's?

There are Caribbean cruises that take you around many of the Caribbean islands with day trip stop-overs so you can explore. We have a friend who owns a luxury yacht moored at Nanny Cay in Tortola so we were privileged to explore the BVI's on our own terms.

Are they really as beautiful as the pictures show?

The Caribbean really is beautiful.  We mustn't forget though that it does get hammered quite a bit by hurricanes and the locals do face the challenges of having to rebuild. Without banking systems in place on many islands they can't apply for loans which means anything that is destroyed is often left destroyed until cash can be found to rebuild. So while the Caribbean is beautiful, there is a reality that exists in regards to the wonderful people who live there. Our tourist dollars matter.

How long were we there for?

We were on Tim's boat from a Saturday to a Saturday.  7 glorious days and nights.

Which islands did we visit?

Due to storms in the area and a possible hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm, we had to be careful when to sail, so there were nights spent moored in harbour.  That being the case we only managed three islands on this trip. Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke (which are the main islands).  There are around 50 or so islands in total most of which are very small.  About 16 of the islands are inhabited.

Favourite parts?

That's really hard. But I would have to say

  1. The boat itself and the friends on board
  2. Exploring the beach side caves and turquoise waters of Virgin Gorda
  3. Anchoring off shore at Jost Van Dyke where we would swim in each day to the Soggy Dollar Bar (because everyone had to swim in so your money would get hung out to dry when you bought your cocktails). 
  4. Diving off the boat into the turquoise waters
  5. Sitting at the front of the boat as it sailed around the islands feeling as though we had not a care in the world


The Photo Album

Bestie

Looking for mermaids

Snorkelling

Ready to dive in and swim to the Soggy Dollar Bar

Cocktail hour is every hour

Remember to be environmentally kind

Free range (wild?) chickens everywhere

the most amazing sunsets

Life on a boat

Embracing the 50 year old me

Enjoying the colour the locals like to add to each island

Not a care in the world

Making big kids out of all of us

Valuable time spent with friends

Captain Tim 

Which colour umbrella goes best with my swimsuit?

Mother daughter island celebrations

Exploring 

Mixing with the locals

Seeing husband fully relaxed



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13 comments :

  1. Looks so lovely and to have friends share their boat with you and the family sure made the trip even more special I imagine.

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  2. The glamour! What an experience, Leanne! Thanks for sharing these sun filled, happy photos!

    SSG xxx

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  3. Love the turquoise water colour. What a fabulous way to celebrate your birthday with family and friends!

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  4. It truly looks like paradise found....What an amazing experience...thanks for sharing it.

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  5. Fabulous photos! Lucky people - looks gorgeous over there and what a wonderful way to welcome in your 50's. #TeamLovinLife

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  7. oh my goodness!!! such gorgeous photos and such a beautiful way to celebrate with family and friends!! It makes me want to go!!!

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  8. What a fantastic place to visit!! These are such awesome photos, I know you had a great time :)


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  9. What a wonderful place. Very sweet. I loved the Cayman Islands. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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  10. It looks idyllic Leanne! I would really love to do a Caribbean cruise :-)

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