We've done this trip many times. We are a family
of 6 as well with me, my husband, my mom and our 3 kids
. Now that my kids are older 17,17 and 21 I would definitely charter a cat. This is coming from a girl who grew up on a 42 foot sloop
. My stepfather is probably rolling over in his grave but my mom (being a die hard monohull
sailor) is starting to be swayed just for the comfort factor and the size of the kids. We switched over to a cat 2 years ago. The BVIs were made for cat sailing!
Try to fly in and out of Beef Island. So much less of a hassle and by the time you add up taxis and ferries the price
is not that much more.
Places to go..
1. White Bay, Jost Van Dyke: you can get a mooring
in Great Harbor and dinghy/taxi over or moor for the day in White Harbor and motor
over to Great Habor to spend the night. Your kids will love both places. It's busy but worth it.
2. Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke: check out Sandy Spit, Bubbly Pool and Bee Line Beach Bar.
3. You can go straight to North Sound or over night in Trellis or Marina Cay. Great art and history
at Trellis. On your way pick up a ball at White Bay, Guana Island and do some snorkeling.
4. North Sound for 2 days: Stop at The Dogs
for snorkeling on your way there. Moor for the day at Prickly Pear...love The Sand Box. Stay for the night or get a mooring outside of Bitter End or Saba
Rock. The next day dock
or moor at Leverick Bay and rent a car to explore the island. Make sure to go either early or late to the Baths. We went at 2:00 last year and it was perfect. All the cruise
shippers had left for the day.
Island: Get there early to get a mooring. Great snorkeling off of Cistern Point. You might even get to swim with Peter the friendly, resident dolphin.
6. Norman Island: leave Cooper
early so you can get a mooring off of The Indians if you like to snorkel. Check out The Caves and Willy T's at The Bight, Norman Island
The time of year you are going is not as crazy busy as New Years week. We have done both and honestly if you get going early, there really shouldn't be a problem. Of course it helps if you are comfortable with anchoring
so you don't have to completely rely on moorings. Can't anchor
at Cooper though.
Enjoy! This is my kids' favorite part of the Caribbean!