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Next bareboat destination post-BVI #299477
04/10/2023 06:04 PM
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Hi all - just returned from a great BVI trip; 6 of us on a 48-foot monohull. This was our first extended charter. Curious where everyone would recommend as a next destination, now that we've gotten our feet wet in the BVI? Where would up the challenge factor a bit more from here?

Thanks!

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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299479
04/10/2023 06:13 PM
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Miramichi NB Canada
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We did a couple in Greece and loved it


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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299481
04/10/2023 06:39 PM
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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299483
04/10/2023 07:01 PM
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Eastern MA
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Grenadines for sure. Best trip is to start from St. Lucia or St. Vincent and drop the boat off in Grenada. We will be there in late June for10 days.

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299490
04/10/2023 08:53 PM
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Use extra caution in St. Vincent and several islands in the chain. Eastern Caribbean Cruisers Facebook forum is the one to watch for crime warning postings. Last time we were there the boat we were on (friend’s yacht - they are residents) was boarded twice while in Canouan. Evidently it is a common occurrence - they have a state of the art alarm system.

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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299491
04/11/2023 05:25 AM
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S/V Event Horizon
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Unless you have an international captain's license, you will have to hire a captain in Greece. Just as well since you need to know the language to find a spot in the small harbors. No mooring balls.

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299494
04/11/2023 07:46 AM
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The Bahamas have some great chartering destinations, namely the Abacos and the Exumas. Though still recovering from Hurricane Dorian in 2019, the Abacos are a chartering dream, with lots to offer boaters. For a more remote and challenging experience, the Exumas are a beach-lovers fantasy. The time of year you travel can make a difference, though, since the islands can be susceptible to wintry weather patterns.


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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299513
04/11/2023 10:56 AM
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Vail, CO/St. Thomas, USVI
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The Grenadines for sure. Agree with a start in St. Lucia with drop off in Grenada. You need more than a week to really enjoy it though. There is more crime there, unfortunately, but it is also less touristy. If you want to private message me I can give you recommendations on how to keep yourself safer, places to avoid and people to contact. We will be back down there in December!


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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299562
04/11/2023 11:10 PM
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We enjoyed Antigua and are trying SVI next. I would love to try the Grenadines.

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Sandsailsun] #299563
04/11/2023 11:44 PM
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Looking at Greece for next year. Can you recommend route (Cyclades, Ionian, Aegean)? Also what charter company?
Thanks

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299573
04/12/2023 09:34 AM
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Agree on Grenadines. Easiest way, IMO, is to charter in St. Vincent and return there.
But, I highly recommend sailing in Belize. Very different vibe and experience.


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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #299603
04/12/2023 04:13 PM
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We're fans of the Exumas as well: protected sailing on the bank in the prettiest water you can find, easy logistics from the US, solitude/remote exploring, and great fishing. You'll get that added challenge you're looking.

Next new destination on our list is Antigua/Barbuda - checking it out in a few weeks. The one-way from St. Lucia to Grenada is on our list too.

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #301698
05/24/2023 03:51 PM
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Agree that the Windwards are spectacular!
Our group of three couples have sailed Greece, Croatia, and Italy the last few years.

I just posted a Windwards Trip Report in the Southern Caribbean Forum from our April trip a couple of weeks ago.
Take a look, more detailed day by day to follow.

Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #301735
05/25/2023 09:00 AM
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We are looking into Key West. Anyone have experience down there?

Moorings - Key West link

(I put this on the US forum as well.)


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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #301740
05/25/2023 09:54 AM
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Completely different experience in the Keys. Poor holding and minimal mooring balls so overnights in slips. Visiting “towns” not islands and beach bars. Dry Tortugas is great if you have a decent weather window but absolutely nothing there but awesome snorkeling and Fort Jefferson. So many other places to go this isn’t even in my top 20.

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Re: Next bareboat destination post-BVI [Re: Jf1234] #301803
05/26/2023 12:50 PM
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Starting about 46 years ago my wife and I started sailing. During those years we have sailed all of the places mentioned with the exception of Greece and Antigua. Florida's west coast and intracoastal waterway and the Chesapeake Bay should be included. Because of my time in the US Marines, I have no interest in the Pacific Islands. With all of that in mind we keep coming back to the BVI. We think the BVI has the best sailing. The USVI would be number two. The Abacos would be number three. Have fun whatever you decide to do.


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