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Old 24-08-2013, 08:52   #1
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Bvi or anguilla / antigua

Hello! Can someone recommend where to sail in December-January? I have in mind BVI but I have heard that also Anguilla and Antigua are nice spots.
What about Asia?
Please recommend!!!

Up to now I have done only St Vincent and Grenadines and Turkey.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 24-08-2013, 09:00   #2
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French Islands...Guadalupe, Martinique and Les Saintes. Much nicer than Antigua.

Checking in and out of Antigua takes 3 hours each way and costs over $50 to enter. In the Saintes you go to a cafe, have a beer and pay one euro.
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Old 24-08-2013, 09:49   #3
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Thanks but I have been already to Martinique. Guadaloupe is fine but prefer island hopping instead of navigating along one single island...

What about Asia ??
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Welcome aboard. We have a destination section here at CF, be sure to check it out
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where is the destination section???
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Old 27-08-2013, 04:07   #6
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Re: Bvi or anguilla / antigua

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where is the destination section???
click on forums at the top of the page,then on destinations in the cruising region section

langkawi has a sunsail base in malaysia,weather is nice in dec jan
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Hiya Franci! My bias...the best sailing waters in "Asia"...The Seychelles and the Maldives islands - Indian ocean. These islands are a picture postcard. (NE of Madagascar island - Africa, SW of India - Asia) PERIOD! Sail away and have a ball!

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Re: Bvi or anguilla / antigua

Had a charter in Phuket Thailand about 4 years ago and it was a picture perfect vacation. Lots of beautiful islands, beaches and friendly people.

Last June I checked into and back out of Antigua in just a few minutes Jolly Harbor. Nice folks there and a nice place to just hang out. I can't recall ever paying for anything when checking in at Customs, Immigration and Port Authority (in the same building) but I'm sure it wasn't much. When I get a chance I'm going back to see more of Antigua.
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We had a superb dinner at Roddy's on Anguilla. It is a beautiful place with an abandoned resort. Great anchorage and off the beaten path. Wanted to spend more time there. That said I lean toward remote/wilderness. Check-out in Jolly Harbor took 10 minutes and no charge in 2012.
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difficult to choose! what about Bvi?
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French Islands...Guadalupe, Martinique and Les Saintes. Much nicer than Antigua.

Checking in and out of Antigua takes 3 hours each way and costs over $50 to enter. In the Saintes you go to a cafe, have a beer and pay one euro.
I have cleared into Antigua at both Jolly Harbour and Nelson's dockyard many times, it is never fast (although two months ago with with new eSeaClear made it less painless) it has never taken 3 hours, even when I've been in line behind a number of boats with many people.

While I usually stay in Falmouth Harbour, I've found that some of the more secluded and distant anchorages around the island are wonderful, particularly the large (but non-crowded) anchorage at Green Island (see 2013 Trip Blog and Diary 2013-05-08) is truly wonderful. While clearing in at the Cafe in the Iles-des-Saintes is just a euro, they now require that you use a mooring ball when close to the port - but clearing in at Deshaies remains just 1 euro and no mooring fee.

The BVI gives a different experience from Antigua and many other islands. As it has easy access for the USA and it has a well-developed infrastructure for boats it is a paradise for charterers. The conditions are very easy with well-protected sailing and many anchorages available, with backups, within easy sailing distance. There is a lot of chartering going on and almost every anchorage has mooring balls in place for those who don't want to anchor and will have bars and restaurants ashore. So if you are looking for pristine and empty bays and anchorages the BVI is _not_ the best place to go; but it is beautiful and it has one of the biggest charter fleets in the world (offhand I cannot think of a place that has more boat available, but I'm sure that there must be someplace else).

I personally prefer the French islands and found that Dominica (just south of Guadeloupe) is a great place to spend a week or two. While facilities there are limited, the charter base at Point-a-Pitre on Guadeloupe has a lot of available boats and it is just a short hop past the Iles-des-Saintes to Dominica. Or up the coast and to Antigua.
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Hope you found your destination.
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