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Caribbean islands in March: please give advice on the route!

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Hi everybody,

I'd love to go sailing round Caribbean islands with a group of friends in March. Will appreciate any recommendations on the route! I've got some experience, but not plenty, and would love to practice in a beautiful place like that. 

Is that a good idea?

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12 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

All you need to know right here.

Image result for womens eat sleep sail repeat shirt

Might want to get that tee shirt off occasionally as well.

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Eat

Sleep

Sail

Skinny Dip

Eat

Fool around

Repeat

 

Like this Gissie?

10 minutes ago, Gissie said:

Might want to get that tee shirt off occasionally as well.

Repeat

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14 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

Eat

Sleep

Sail

Skinny Dip

Eat

Fool around

Repeat

 

Like this Gissie?

Repeat

Theres rum drinking to be done.........think that slips in before fool around.

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16 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

Eat

Sleep

Sail

Skinny Dip

Eat

Fool around

Repeat

 

Like this Gissie?

Repeat

Much better.

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1 hour ago, Gissie said:

Much better.

Getting closer? Maybe the fool around part could be printed on the bottom of the cup... 

Image result for eat sail drink sleep

Would put new meaning into the term 'BOTTOMS UP'

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On 2/20/2020 at 4:01 AM, Katana said:

Hi everybody,

I'd love to go sailing round Caribbean islands with a group of friends in March. Will appreciate any recommendations on the route! I've got some experience, but not plenty, and would love to practice in a beautiful place like that. 

Is that a good idea?

Depends where you want to go, what you want to spend. How much time you want to sail versus park & play.

In the BVIs it hard to work up a route more than a couple of hours long, which can be a good thing if your aim is to hit the beaches, bars and water sports.

Further south, places like St. Vincent & the Grenadines have some great spots (like the Tobago Cays), but are a little more spread out from end to end. Also slightly less charter boat friendly than the BVIs, as there are fewer moorings, charter bases, etc.

It's a broad question, but if it's your first time, as someone else said, the BVIs are very user friendly.

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On 2/19/2020 at 6:29 PM, kent_island_sailor said:

Are you sailing to there or chartering a boat once there?

Chartering a boat. I'm in Croatia, don't feel that confident to go all the way from here)

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It's my backyard... and a bit more diverse than many visitors experience, although homogenization and Disneyfication to feed the mass tourism beast are rapidly driving out the subtle nuances. Agree that the BVI's are the easiest, and a decent introduction. If you're a fan of French food/culture/sailing, Martinique is ground zero. I like the Grenadines. Sorry, I'm not saying what my personal favorite is. I get asked all the time "What island(s) should I visit?" to which I typically respond, "Close your eyes and visualize a fantastic few island days, and write that story down." Then read the cruising guides, and try to match up where you can best meet your needs. Short sails and then beach bars and restaurants? Full days/overnights of sporty sailing? Marinas, a mooring in a crowded harbor, or a deserted anchorage (not too many of those left anymore). Casinos, fine dining, discos and dancing, or conch shack and beach bar? Museums. old forts, trudging around quaint old colonial towns, or walking the beach and snorkeling? 

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BVI's and using The Moorings is easy, not cheap, but dependable and the boats are outfitted well. 

We went for a Fall Regatta and ended up cutting out of the last couple of days because we wanted to casually sail and get to a mooring field early.  Also ended up spending much more time IN the water diving and snorkeling,...because the water is warm, and the dive's are pretty cool.

I wouldn't miss Anegada for the snorkeling and it's 10 miles or so from BEYC.

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58 minutes ago, proOC said:

and it's 10 miles or so from BEYC.

Which, sadly, is irrelevant given that Bitter End Yacht Club resort was wiped out by Hurricane Irma and (vague sales talk notwithstanding) shows no real signs of being rebuilt.

Much like YCCS’ Virgin Gorda clubhouse and marina, which although less severely damaged remain “closed until further notice”. :(

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1 hour ago, Svanen said:

Which, sadly, is irrelevant given that Bitter End Yacht Club resort was wiped out by Hurricane Irma and (vague sales talk notwithstanding) shows no real signs of being rebuilt.

Much like YCCS’ Virgin Gorda clubhouse and marina, which although less severely damaged remain “closed until further notice”. :(

Which we sailed past and tied up and Lemerick Marina.  We all knew that it was destroyed, and what a beautiful place it was.   Only mentioned it for logistics.  There are plenty of local places that offer food and beverages.  Willy T's is back at Norman.  Everyone I talk to says it's been relocated to Peter Island...ahhhh NO.  The owners' (DeVos') didn't want that element around...go figure....

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17 hours ago, B.J. Porter said:

Depends where you want to go, what you want to spend. How much time you want to sail versus park & play.

In the BVIs it hard to work up a route more than a couple of hours long, which can be a good thing if your aim is to hit the beaches, bars and water sports.

Further south, places like St. Vincent & the Grenadines have some great spots (like the Tobago Cays), but are a little more spread out from end to end. Also slightly less charter boat friendly than the BVIs, as there are fewer moorings, charter bases, etc.

It's a broad question, but if it's your first time, as someone else said, the BVIs are very user friendly.

There are tons of charter operations and one should not be put off of the Grenadines versus  BVIs. Just a few more hours daysail typically. But yes for a first timer and ease ,  or less emphasis on sailing it is BVIS.   
 

Starting in St. Lucia 

 https://www.moorings.com/destinations/caribbean/st-lucia-yacht-charters/itinerary

https://www.sunsail.com/yacht-charter/caribbean/st-lucia/sailing-route

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On 2/25/2020 at 11:28 AM, Cristoforo said:

There are tons of charter operations and one should not be put off of the Grenadines versus  BVIs. Just a few more hours daysail typically. But yes for a first timer and ease ,  or less emphasis on sailing it is BVIS.   
 

Starting in St. Lucia 

 https://www.moorings.com/destinations/caribbean/st-lucia-yacht-charters/itinerary

https://www.sunsail.com/yacht-charter/caribbean/st-lucia/sailing-route

It appears that air fare is half the battle to some of these destinations. St Lucia or Martinique add on another $1K for a couple, as well as another travel day, compared to St. Martin for example from the US east coast. Unless there is some secret not found by expedia.

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1 hour ago, Israel Hands said:

It appears that air fare is half the battle to some of these destinations. St Lucia or Martinique add on another $1K for a couple, as well as another travel day, compared to St. Martin for example from the US east coast. Unless there is some secret not found by expedia.

St Lucia and Martinique have non stops from the east coast but the problem in St Lucia is the 3 hour drive from the airport to Rodney Bay. (Main charter base)  Grenadines are best with a 10 day itinerary.  

St Martin sure very easy to get tot but you are limited to a fewer islands to hop unless you are up for longer and exposed sails. 

As mentioned if you are on a tighter schedule and want to pack in more destinations  and shorter and more protected  sails the BVIs are the easiest. Change flights in Prico Or USVIs, (or ferry) but a bit more crowded and touristy.  All the prices will drop after Easter / Spring Break if you can wait. Now  you are looking at Prime season,

if it’s your first time doing this which it sounds like you would probably be happiest in BVIs 

Bahamas are an option as well but wouldn’t recommend for first time. 

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17 hours ago, Cristoforo said:

St Lucia and Martinique have non stops from the east coast but the problem in St Lucia is the 3 hour drive from the airport to Rodney Bay. (Main charter base)  Grenadines are best with a 10 day itinerary.  

St Martin sure very easy to get tot but you are limited to a fewer islands to hop unless you are up for longer and exposed sails. 

As mentioned if you are on a tighter schedule and want to pack in more destinations  and shorter and more protected  sails the BVIs are the easiest. Change flights in Prico Or USVIs, (or ferry) but a bit more crowded and touristy.  All the prices will drop after Easter / Spring Break if you can wait. Now  you are looking at Prime season,

if it’s your first time doing this which it sounds like you would probably be happiest in BVIs 

Bahamas are an option as well but wouldn’t recommend for first time. 

Would be first time...was planning to do this in Croatia in late May, but re-weighing options with the possibility that coronavirus starts disrupting US-European travel.

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If you do decide on chartering in the BVI's make sure to stop by and check out Oil Nut Bay and our new Marina! I know the North Sound feels a little dead right now with BEYC being closed and Saba Rock still rebuilding, but there is a great new spot just around the corner and we would love to host you! We have 11 mooring balls which are first come, first serve as well as overnight dock space which can be reserved in advance. You can view everything Marina Village here: https://www.oilnutbay.com/marina-village

I have attached an Approach Map here for anyone who is interested!

ONB Approach Map 2020.pdf

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