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Help! Will this work? #205648
09/29/2019 11:17 PM
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We're flying to St. Thomas in November. From all that I've read about the BVI, Virgin Gorda and Anegada interest us the most (size, populations, snorkeling). We've been to St. Thomas (too crowded), St. John (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!) and St. Croix (worked with turtles but otherwise too busy). We love to snorkel!

From what I can figure, it makes the most sense to take the ferry from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda (stay 3 nights) then ferry to Anegada (stay 3 nights) then ferry to Tortola (stay 1 night) and then ferry back to St. Thomas. Seems like a lot of traveling around - will likely have to rent cars on each island, find hotels on each, etc. Can anyone suggest anything that might be simpler?

Half tempted to just skip all of the planning and go to St. John again but would really like to visit some new islands!

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205649
09/29/2019 11:26 PM
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Another option is to day trip it to Anegada....just not sure that it would give us enough time to truly experience the island.

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205650
09/29/2019 11:36 PM
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That would be too much traveling around for me. Are you talking about this November, basically next month? You need to book accommodations soon, although November is still pretty slow.

I suggest arriving in STT on a day with a direct ferry to Virgin Gorda. Rent a house for a week. Do a day trip to Anegada, and maybe a day snorkel trip with Dive BVI or similar. Leave on a day with an early morning direct ferry to St. Thomas. Another option would be to take Speedy’s to Trellis Bay and fly InterCaribbean to STT (believe they’re starting Nov. 12).

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205652
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Why not charter a boat?


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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205657
09/30/2019 08:58 AM
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Great idea....unfortunately, I'm not a fan of boats!!!! Get sea sick too easily!

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205666
09/30/2019 09:48 AM
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Try guavaberry spring bay on virgin gorda. Great little cottages, great family run business, best beach with great snorkeling. Been going for years, they treat you like family.

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205677
09/30/2019 11:25 AM
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Have you tried a cat?

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: GeorgeC1] #205700
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Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
Have you tried a cat?

George - do you mean to stay on?

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205717
09/30/2019 05:09 PM
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If you can be on a lake in a boat, you can do a boat in BVI. Especially a Cat as much less motion. My suggestion for the novice is to do sea sickness prevention medication for 1st 2-3 days (beginning on flight down) such as scopolamine patch, which lasts for 72 hours. With this, I have never had anyone not enjoy being on boat in protected waters of the BVI.

I would agree with land based being Virgin Gorda and a day trip to Anegada or to Jost. I don't think I would try 3 islands in a week.


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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205718
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Yes, my wife gets seasick watching a movie with the ocean in it. She is fine on a cat in the BVI.
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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205725
09/30/2019 05:55 PM
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i have had way more people seasick on the ferry than the single person I have had sick on a cat in many times...skip Tortolla and cut Anegada to 2 days

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205734
09/30/2019 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Muffin
Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
Have you tried a cat?

George - do you mean to stay on?


Lol, what else? I don't think they're consumed that often in the BVI


"We lost our corkscrew and were compelled to live on food and water for several days.
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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205737
09/30/2019 07:29 PM
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But being on a boat will provide you everything you are wanting and less hassle. If you can ride the ferry or fly in a small plane you can do a boat. Take precautions like somebody said but I guarantee you will have the best vacation of your life. One of the best things about it is that you will not be tied to a schedule. Go where you want, when you want, and the snorkeling will always be just a few steps to the back of the boat.


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Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205748
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My hubby jokes that I get sea sick in a bathtub! I was sick on a cruise in the Baltic Sea and also on a ferry in the Irish Sea. I'm not a fan of being on boats! I have been fine on the ferry between St. Thomas and St. John although it's only 20 minutes. Have been on cats in the Caribbean without a problem...as long as they are moving. Dramamine makes me feel horrible. I haven't tried the patch.

We're now thinking that we should just head to Virgin Gorda from St. Thomas and maybe take a day trip to Anegada - keep it simple!

Captmoby - your idea is tempting....we love to snorkel!

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205755
10/01/2019 06:56 AM
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I think that is a great idea...

IMHO please bring seasick prep for ferry from STT to VG and from VG to Anegada. Both of which are much longer than STT to STJ and can have higher seas as the wind is typically from an NE to easterly direction.

Have a great time

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: Muffin] #205758
10/01/2019 08:20 AM
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Earlier this year we flew to STT and then flew to Anegada for a week. The plane ride from STT to Anegada was amazing- loved every minute of it. Some might say a week on Anegada would get boring - not for us. Was a seriously relaxing and totally enjoyable vacation

Re: Help! Will this work? [Re: CottageGirl] #205774
10/01/2019 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by CottageGirl
Earlier this year we flew to STT and then flew to Anegada for a week. The plane ride from STT to Anegada was amazing- loved every minute of it. Some might say a week on Anegada would get boring - not for us. Was a seriously relaxing and totally enjoyable vacation


I wholeheartedly agree with both points. The flight to Anegada is amazing. We spend a week two times a year on Anegada. Been doing that for the last 5 years. Not bored one single day.


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