Day 1: Norman Island
The setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island, Norman Island is also known for its buried treasure and pirate antics. Norman Island is the BVI’s largest uninhabited landmass and lures boaters with its fun beach bars and spectacular sunsets. You can pick up a mooring ball at the Bight for a night or head to the floating restaurant and bar The Willy T (a converted schooner) where you may have to walk the plank, matey.
Day 2: Soper’s Hole
Soper’s Hole is the quintessential Caribbean island with brightly colored island architecture and beautiful tropical vegetation. There is plenty of shopping, dining and sightseeing on this island. Don’t miss Pusser’s Landing for lunch and Scaramouche for dinner.
Day 3: Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke was named for a former pirate and Dutch settler. It has less than 300 inhabitants and some of the areas best beach bars. Don’t miss the action at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar where you can enjoy a Sly Fox and rent a see-through kayak. Then you’ll want to get yourself over to White Bay and the other world-famous bar on the island – The Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the original Painkiller cocktail. You’ll need to eat and there is no shortage of tasty options on this island – barbecue, West Indian rotis, flying fish sandwiches, and fresh lobster are just a few. The East End boasts a naturally-formed sea Jacuzzi and you can explore the ruins of an old sugar mill.
Day 4: Marina Cay
Sail over to Guana Island for a bit of snorkeling and a great view for lunch and then head to Marina Cay for the night. This 8-acre island is the inspiration and actual location for author Robb White’s novel Two on the Isle. He and his wife Rodie bought Marina Cay in 1937 and proceeded to build their dream home at the top of the island. Their original home is now a reading lounge and book-swap for the Pusser’s Hotel guests on the island.
Day 5: Bitter End
Anchor at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. The club sits on a long, gently curved beach and is a protected, deep-water harbor. The picture perfect baths are just 11km away. The Bitter End is regularly hailed as one of the top full service resorts in the world – enjoy dinner and drinks on the island and then head back to the boat for a breathtaking view of the stars.
Day 6: Virgin Gorda
Sail down to the world-famous Baths and Spanish Town. This geological wonder is formed by granite boulders that create sheltered sea pools along the beach edge. You can reach Devil’s bay by climbing a series of ladders on the boulders. This area is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Spanish Town is home to The Copper Mine and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour as well as some delectable dining options – you’ll want to check out Mermaid’s Dockside Bar and Grill and Coconut Junction.
Day 7: Tortola by Noon!
Your Barecat vacation is ending way too soon – there was so much more to see and do! On your way back to the base start planning your next! We will see you at noon for your debriefing and departure to the airport.