I will be spending December and January moseying through the Bahamas
. Then I'd like to visit the virgins, mainly the Spanish and USVIs.
My understanding is I could use favorable weather
to go NE from the Bahamas
, then S to the VIs. Or do the "Thorny Path": Turks & Caicos to DR, across the Mona passage
to PR, then on to the VIs. But I've heard the the Mona passage
can be hairy, a real 'rite of passage'.
I'm pretty new to sailing and will be doing short island hopping mostly, but plan to be bring crew aboard for the longer passages.
So my question
is, what is the best way to get to the VIs? Have you made that trip? What route
did you take? What should I look out for? How long will it take?
I need advice
and will be grateful for any
you are willing to give!