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Well, I hardly know where to begin. There is so much to know and learn about the British Virgin Islands! I'll Tell you what: I will get you there and let you discover the rest. I will tell you the stuff you really need to know in order to make the trip down easier and your stay more comfortable. You can discover all the wonderful places once you get there.
Someone once told me to take out a $20.00 bill and write a "5" in each of the 4 corners with a magic marker and that will give you an idea as to the cost of goods. Yes it is an exaggeration but not by much.
No matter where you are leaving from, always fly to St.Thomas. Sure you can fly to Puerto Rico and get a connecting flight or you can fly directly into Tortola .....In both cases it will be more expensive and take more time. St.Thomas is always your best bet. Once there, a short cab ride to the ferry dock in Red Hook and you are on your way to Tortola via Smith's Ferry service. The cost will be approx $36.00 per person for the ferry, round trip and take about 40 minutes each way. Upon arrival in Tortola, you will get off the ferry in either the "west end " also known as "Sopers Hole" or continue on a bit further and depart the ferry in Road Town. We always get off at the West End. .....Here you will clear customs. Once you make it to the west end, I will be there to pick you up and bring you to our own little island of Virgin Gorda.
Please keep in mind that we have the villas from Saturday, January 8th and will check out on Saturday, January 15th. Because this is a vacation and it is a shame to have to hurry, we have always found it most enjoyable to arrive a day or two ahead of schedule and stay a day or two after our villa or boat charter. If you have the time, the added cost will run about $150.00 a day per couple and is well worth it. If you wish to do this please let me know and I can provide you with a list of acceptable places to stay.
Upon arrival on Virgin Gorda, you will check into your Villa. You are free to do whatever you want. You may stay in bed for the week or lie on the beach and not move. You will be missing a great deal if you do this as there is so much to see and do on Virgin Gorda that there is not enough time in a week to see it all.
I will be taking you all out sailing each day if you wish or you can go out fishing or snorkeling in the Boston whaler. Our sailboat is a huge boat, and is very capable of sailing across the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans alone. One of the safest boats ever built, she is a stable yacht and sails like a dream. If you are concerned with sea sickness, I will provide you with a band aid that you will place behind your ear and this is 100 % effective against sea sickness!!!!!!! You can view pictures of the yacht elsewhere on my web site.
We will be taking some day trips to snorkel and swim inside some caves and we will visit a very interesting rock formation known as "The Indians" which is a rock formation that juts out of the ocean and when viewed from a distance, looks like an Indian head dress. Please keep in mind that in the entire British Virgin Islands there is nothing in the water that can kill you. It is a very safe place to swim. You will want to learn a few tricks to avoid any sharp or prickly items, but even if you should come in contact with a jelly fish [something I have only done once in 5 weeks of sailing] you can cure the burn with Adolf's meat tenderizer sprinkled on the burn. Lots of easy tricks!
The Villas: The cost for the Villas will be $952.50 per person plus tax. You will have a private bedroom with air conditioning, a huge living room and gourmet kitchen, between 4 and 5 bathrooms and all Villas are beach front. Plus, each has a fresh water swimming pool! You can see all the villas elsewhere on my web site.
We will probably decide to eat out at a few of the restaurants on the island and you may make your own decisions as you wish.
I still have two cabins available for sleeping on the yacht. You would save a bit of money if you sleep aboard the boat instead of the villa . The Cost for a cabin on the yacht is $750.00 per person and each cabin has a queen size bed. The boat also has two bathrooms and showers, as well as a full kitchen and a huge dining room that measures 16 feet wide. The yacht will be tied up to a dock each night, not on a mooring . We will also have a 14 foot dingy with a 15 horsepower outboard to get about with.
I am planning to take a Big fishing boat out for a day [46 foot Hateras] to fish for blue marlin which can often grow to enormous size and often weigh up to 400 pounds! The cost of the boat will be divided by those going and the boat costs $1200.00 per day, so you would be looking at somewhere in the area of $300.00 to $400.00 for a days fishing... its up to you.
I suggest that we rent a few jeeps to have at the villas so that you may explore on your own or with another couple or two. The rates are very reasonable.
Well, that's it for now. I will update this site as time moves along.....