Originally Posted by osirissail
Remember the Bahamas and B.V.I. are of British heritage so are rather uptight about naturalism. Just be careful. Of course, the French Islands further down island are more liberal about that sort of stuff - especially Orient Bay in St Martin
The Bahamas - Exumas - offer fabulous snorkeling especially in the Exumas National Park. But for the best snorkeling and scuba I would suggest the Jumentos (Ragged Islands) and the Far Islands from Long Island to Mayaguana. There are a lot less people down that way so the reefs
and walls are quite spectacular.
Hi Wayne: How about if a "wife" weighs-in here?
Osirissail makes a very good point about choosing the right location for the "feel" and environment
you will enjoy most. All three are great choices for easy sailing/cruising; however they do offer a different feel. One poster implied that the Bahamas is not the place for finer dining .... I would agree with that.
These are rhetorical questions, so ask yourself what your wife is like, how she was raised, what is life like at home, and what type of environment
she is comfortable in. This applies to you as well. Having said that, it is my experience that everyone likes to relax and "let their hair down" a bit on vacation
. But, no one likes to go to a place where they feel uncomfortable. Some people can fit in with the "prince or the pauper" -- others, not so much.
In the BVI they are VERY polite, but they do stand on tradition and etiquette, if you will. Overall, I find the locals to be happy and kind people. It is not stuffy at all, but when dealing with officials or doing business you do need to conduct yourself appropriately. (But, Shouldn't this go without saying for anywhere in the world?!). Some great restaurants, but follow the dress code to be comfortable.
The French Islands: They are "French" -- enough said. MUCH more relaxed about, how shall I say, covering the body. Some things are high end, including the shopping
, but there is a relaxed feel. Very good food
and cafes. Think jeux de vie.
The Bahamas are lovely and IMO they are the most relaxed of all -- total island feel, island time, island life. Flip flops and swimsuits.
There is a great time to be had at anyone of these locations!
1. Cancellation insurance
: It sounds like you have some sailing skills and they do bareboat
charters all the time to VERY basic sailors. You will get a tutorial. If YOU feel safe, she will feel safe -- NO CAPTAIN
OR CREW. Just the two of you and I think you will both have a better time, because no matter where you choose to go ... "what happens on the boat, stays on the boat."
I suspect, your wife will be more relaxed and will "let her hair down" more without others onboard. This will make for better memories and will make her want to sail/cruise more.
3. Stock your CAT with easy food
for light meals
that are quick to prepare and romantic to share (Good bread, croissants, cheese, wine, fruit, and chocolate). Make nice meals
onboard too: Grilled seafood/meat, grilled vegetables, and a green salad. You get the point and don't forget candles (in glass) or a lantern.
4. Take her swimsuit shopping
and make sure she buys a new swimsuit for the trip -- one she feels sexy in.
Great memories make you count the days until you go back again!
I hope you have the time of your life.