The traveltalk online suggestion is a good one as there are many experienced charterers there who love to give good suggestions.
8 days is a good trip length, enough to let you stay in a place should you really like it, and to travel to Anegada
if that is the type of destination
you want as well (and if your charter
company allows it). The BVI is a "piece of cake" destination
compared to the other Greater and Lesser Antilles islands. Anchorages are usually well-protected and most will allow you to choose between $30 per night mooring
balls or to anchor
. There are a couple of exceptions to that, "The Bight" at Norman is so full of mooring
balls that it is difficult to find a place to anchor
unless you have enough chain for 50 feet of water
; and the holding at Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke is so unreliable that it is worth the $30 for peace of mind.
Most anchorages have at least one eating and drinking establishment ashore, so you needn't provision the way you would in some of the other islands where cooking
aboard is commonplace.
The most common advice is to bring half the amount of clothing
and double the amount of money
. While that applies, I would also recommend not overplanning your itinerary since such things as the weather
and hangovers have a serious impact on your plans.
This message comes to you while I'm anchored off Prickly Pear island in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. It has been raining since the early hours of the morning and I've washed the salt
off the decks twice but am eagerly awaiting the sun to come out again... my hard-earned tan is fading rapidly. But in 3 hours I'll head
over to Saba
Rock and get some happy-hour drinks from Josie behind the bar. This is one of my favorite locations, the wind
has been gusting to above 25 knots but all I get are ripples on the water
and the deep sand next to the island gives me great holding. Plus I can get excellent internet
here, as well.