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Old 16-07-2015, 18:27   #1
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caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

Hi all! doing some planning for next winter. we had a great time in the BVIs last year but being home based at Bitter End on Virgin Gorda, though beautiful was a major hassle with a 4 little kids getting there. we are back and forth 5-6 times a winter so its a big deal for us! we have considered the Bahamas and the leeward islands particularly St Marteen. any advice? we need a good set up for those that leave their boat for a couple weeks a month unattended.
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St Martin is good. New island to explore, other islands a short hop. Easy to fly into.

I think lots of people just leave their boat anchored in the lagoon and head off. Free moorings!
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Old 16-07-2015, 19:27   #3
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Haha. I'm not that bold! But I love to hear of a positive spot to visit! VT? Where at? We have a place in Waterbury center!


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Re: caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

We are in Strafford, sail on lake Champlain (when not in the caribbean)
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Old 17-07-2015, 09:15   #5
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Hi all! doing some planning for next winter. we had a great time in the BVIs last year but being home based at Bitter End on Virgin Gorda, though beautiful was a major hassle with a 4 little kids getting there. we are back and forth 5-6 times a winter so its a big deal for us! we have considered the Bahamas and the leeward islands particularly St Marteen. any advice? we need a good set up for those that leave their boat for a couple weeks a month unattended.
We too have kept our boat in the BVI for many years. This was not much of an issue until our local airport on Beef Island lost service from AA.
We have sailed most of the Caribbean and while the island are different and some very interesting there are other issues both for traveling in and out as well as communications, shopping and repairs to name a few.
One of the major issues you mentioned is keeping the boat up in VG. It can be difficult to reach for in and out trips. Have you considered a more local marina so that you can land in St. Thomas and take a ferry?
The other option that works for some of our buddies is to use Puerto Rico. Therer are many daily flights and reasonably easy transportation to Frajado for full service marinas and you can also try some sailing time in both the Spanish Virgins and then the BVI.
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I vote for St. Martin: easy and cheap flights in and out, no customs hassles for bringing gear in, easy to leave the boat there or get work done on the boat. They speak English, too!
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Check out Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. If you join the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, the slip prices are good.
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Re: caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

1-Not in the Carrib
2-I havent been there

But

I hear that the north coast of Colombia is wonderful. Temps year round avg 70-90%, low humidity, affordable off boat lodging, secure (as secure as Latin America can be, and look at whats been happening in the States). thats where Im headed this cold season.
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Re: caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

How about Grenada? Friendly people, great marine services, below the hurricane belt, direct flights from the US and Canada. We live here and love it! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Re: caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

"We too have kept our boat in the BVI for many years. This was not much of an issue until our local airport on Beef Island lost service from AA. "

Is this correct? We always try to use AA SJU to EIS. My wife doesn't like the small Cape Air planes.

Another vote for St Martin.

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East end Of Puerto Rico ? Lots of places to sail to , easy flights in and out .
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Re: caribbean for the winter? where to?? BVI alternative

We love St. Martin, especially the French side. The Dutch side not so much.

We kept our boat on Grenada for 3 hurricane seasons, and always found it a pleasant place, though its a bit of a trek from the southern harbors to the next nearest point, Carriacou. But then you have access to all of the Grenadines, simply beautiful.

There are also lots of flights to St. Lucia, and Rodney Bay Marina would be a great place to park a boat while you are gone. Its a place with incredible natural beauty, yet populated enough to have good shopping.
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