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Re: BVI Charter
You will have a great, great, great time.
Having a local Captain comes with local knowledge. You won't run out of ideas. Anegada has been mentioned, and I've found the local guys really like to go out there. The nearby stuff probably gets boring for them. However, I would definitely skip it on my first BVI cruise. There is so much to see and do, I wouldn't take the time to go all the way to Anegada.
Soggy Dollar and Foxy's on Jost are the kind of places that everyone you ever run into that has been to the BVIs will ask if you've been. They are both rebuilt (I was there last winter) and clearly adult frat parties. Fun, not uncomfortable. Expensive too, everything there is. A big hike is available on Jost. Read up on the Manchioneel tree (poisonous apple). It's very poisonous, you don't even want it on your skin. There are signs that warn you of it, don't even use one for shade or refuge from a rain squal. Easy to avoid, unless you think those cute little apples look tempting. They'll kill you.
You also have to see the Baths. I've been enough that I don't really care if I ever see them again, but I do love bringing guests. I hear Saba Rock in North Sounds on Virgin Gorda is being rebuilt. It's so unique, it's really worth seeing. It would also be surreal to see the hurricane erased Bitter End Yacht Club across the anchorage from it. Norman has a nice protected anchorage and the Indian are right outside for snorkeling. Cooper Island Resort is nice too. I get a kick out of Willy T's, a barge that's been converted to a bar/restaurant. It was at Peter Island last winter, but I read that it was going to relocate back to it's original home/anchorage on Norman. Most of these places we visit for lunch or early cocktails/dinner. We're usually back aboard, before the late night younger crowd arrives. It's a thing. They all play play popular party music you'd recall from 70s. 80s, until late night, when it moves to younger stuff. I have occasionally stayed late, it's still fun. The next morning is not fun.
I'm leaving off a ton of other ideas. I triple the recommendation for Maho on St John. Cruz Bay is touristy, but I nice place to grab a bit more civilization, after an extended time in BVI. If you're returning to St Thomas, the best place to layup the night before turn in, is Christmas Cove on little St James island. There is some snorkeling, but the big attractions is the pizza boat. It was started by a young couple from metro NYC. The recently sold it, but it was still pretty good last winter. Pricey, but a treat on the last night, then a short hop home in the morning. St James has the notoriety of being the island owned by the late Jeff Epstein. The anchorage is federal and you're not permitted ashore. Everyone down that hates/hated him.
Have a great time.
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