Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. We had a brown Christmas this year due to the lack of snow in the Midwest.  It was a nice change after the record snow and cold last winter.

Our family agreed that we would take a trip this year rather than buy presents.  The idea of no presents took my kids a while to get use to but after we arrived in the islands they agreed we made the right decision.

We were able to escape our cold northern winter for a few weeks to some more southern latitudes.  Jimmy Buffet's song Changes in Latitude Changes in Attitude couldn't be more true. Exchanging our winter boots for flip flops is a real treat.

My brother got married in Florida on December 22nd so we spent a few days there taking in the 80 degree weather and the ceremony.  We then boarded a plane for the British Virgin Islands.  We landed at the Beef Island airport on Tortola and spent the next ten days checking out all the beaches and neighboring islands. The BVIs are one of the best places to bareboat charter in the world.  The BVIs are closely grouped and easily navigated with a simple chart. I did use my Navionics Caribbean app for a little navigation while day sailing between islands.  Anchorages are numerous and the beach bars and restaurants are there to serve your every need.

Some of the highlights of the BVIs are Long Bay, Roadtown, The Baths of Virgin Gorda, Foxy's and White Bay with the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van  Dyke.

Foxy's Bar Jost Van Dyke

Large yacht in Great Harbor

Large sailing yacht

Cane Garden Bay Tortola

The Baths on Virgin Gorda

White Bay Jost Van Dyke

Long Bay Tortola

It was a fun two weeks of playing in paradise. We hope to return soon!

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