Why a Sailboat Journey Is the Best Way to Explore the British Virgin Islands
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Please refresh the page and retry. T he British Virgin Islands , a scattering of a hundred islands — volcanic colossi, palm-fringed outcrops and sandbars that disappear at high tide — are widely touted as the finest sailing grounds in the Caribbean. The islands are not far apart, with easy runs between isolated strands and well-protected overnight anchorages. And they probably have more beach bars per square mile than anywhere in the world. But in September , the BVI took a direct hit from Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, which caused immense destruction there were stories of houses losing their roof, for it to be replaced by a catamaran. So are they ready for business again? The results of the storms are still visible in some areas: yachts are strewn around certain lagoons and bays — any government money has justifiably been spent on islanders rather than a clear-up.
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It was the first morning of my five-day trip aboard a catamaran cruising the British Virgin Islands. Just as I settled into the cockpit with a cup of coffee and a book, a double rainbow appeared above the lush hills of Cooper Island. Then a turtle surfaced with a splash several feet away, looking in my direction before submerging again. For the next hour, it played hide-and-seek with the boat, while pelicans dive-bombed for breakfast and returned to the rocks to eat their catch.