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What to do post charter? #53074
05/04/2015 02:12 PM
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January, 2016 we have a charter for a week around BVI with 3 other couples. Afterward we are debating on staying another week on shore in the Leverick area (we love the north sound) or on St John (we've never been).

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Thoughts? Ideas?

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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Annoddddd] #53075
05/04/2015 02:30 PM
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Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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If you'd consider Little Apple Bay on Tortola we might be able to accomodate you at CRC (10% TTOL discount too)..otherwise Leverick is a great choice..

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Annoddddd] #53076
05/04/2015 02:30 PM
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I usually sulk for the first 7-10 days post charter. It hasn't worked well for me in the past, so your options sound better.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: dayhiker] #53077
05/04/2015 02:48 PM
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Here and There
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We do Guavaberry On Virgin Gorda. Love the area, its close to lots of fun restaurants and the beach is superb. You can always drive over the hill to get a NS fix. Take the free ferry to Bitter End, Saba or Fat Virgins.


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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: rita_irvine] #53078
05/04/2015 04:13 PM
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An island state of mind
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Little Apple Bay & Leverick Bay are both great places to decompress.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: tradewinds] #53079
05/04/2015 04:27 PM
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Agree on both Apple Bay and Leverick - Guavaberry looks awesome as well - either way, rent a car for a few days and explore.


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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Winterstale] #53080
05/04/2015 05:34 PM
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We did a few days post charter on St. John and had a great time. Some friends stayed at a place called Lavender Hill and it was nice and an easy 10 minutes walk to Cruz Bay for restaurants and bars. We stayed at a B&B in Crus Bay. It was OK, but I would opt for Lavender Hill just because of the small swimming pool for dunking off! We rented a Jeep for a day and drove around the island. I can envision getting a car for a few days, or more, and plan on spending a day at different State Park beaches for picnics and swimming. Another plus to St. John is the reliable ferry service to Red Hook (hourly) then taxi to STT, if you are using that airport.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: OneEyedJack] #53081
05/04/2015 07:18 PM
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We like to do STJ post charter. Nice transition back to civilization.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: NCSailor] #53082
05/05/2015 08:11 AM
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Reentry is such a hard transition for me some trips. I love the idea of staying additional days on land to explore more. St John is beautiful and a wonderful place to explore both with a jeep and on foot. Especially if you like to hike and be rewarded with a practically private beach. Tortola and Jost are other places I would consider hanging my hat, oh who am I kidding, I have hung my hat. Good food, great music, and welcoming people, how can you go wrong?

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Annoddddd] #53083
05/05/2015 11:26 AM
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Come on down to Mahoe Bay - there are usually villas available just post Christmas


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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Annoddddd] #53084
05/05/2015 04:18 PM
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St John is great! You can rent a car right when you get off the ferry dock. If you want a little gem of a place to stay, check out String of Pearls http://www.vrbo.com/64481 We stayed there last year and loved it. It was also a two minute walk to the Westin from there. They have a great bar, pool, dinghy rentals, etc. You can go to a different beach every day. :-)

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Standrea] #53085
05/06/2015 12:35 AM
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I appreciate the ideas. Thank you everyone!

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: gordaguy2] #53086
05/06/2015 08:29 AM
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Jan 2015 we spent 3 nights in St John post charter and loved it , nice break and did not feel like a heard of cattle at customs,ferry and airport

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: PEDCO] #53087
05/08/2015 11:11 AM
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First thing to do post charter is to immediately book the next charter!

We stay with Pam and Matt at a B&B called "At Home in the Tropics" right below Blackbeard's Castle and above the Governor's House in CA. Best B&B we've ever stayed at. Can't say enough good things about Pam and super convenient to walk everywhere from the ferry to Yacht Haven Grande. Immaculate...

http://athomeinthetropics.com/index.htm


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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Blueprint] #53088
05/08/2015 02:59 PM
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We usually do a few days on St John after sailing. It is total relaxation!


Love sailing the BVI's with friends.
Re: What to do post charter? [Re: gordaguy2] #53089
05/08/2015 07:37 PM
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You really can't go wrong no matter what you decide. If you are budget minded and like quiet relaxation Guavaberry is the place. The beach there is spectacular and uncrowded. If you decide on St John please take a look at A House of Open Arms. You can Google it. It was wonderful. But remember it is very difficult to find beachfront accommodations in SJ. Also SJ is more adventure and a lot more lively than VG.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: jojosmomma] #53090
05/10/2015 10:03 PM
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I checked Lavender Hill and String of Pearls. No vacancy for our dates. Amazing how thinks book so early!

Our goal is to stay on St John since we have never been there. We have been to BVI many many times and have also stayed on St Thomas.

We are looking for 2 bedroom, 2 bath, a/c, pool and great ocean views on St John. Since we've never been there we aren't sure where the "best" area is to stay. February 3 - 9, 2016.

I appreciate all the ideas!

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: Annoddddd] #53091
05/11/2015 09:18 AM
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We've got a lot of St. John visits behind, and ahead, of us. Winter we prefer the western exposure (sunsets and warmer swimming pool) of Cruz Bay, Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole, Devers Bay and Hart Bay. There are a lot of options through there. VRBO works well for location based search and a lot of the management companies are now listing inventory on VRBO.

We stayed at Grande Bay condos for the first time in October after Cat Fight. It was very convenient, but lacked the views and privacy of a villa.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: What to do post charter? [Re: RickG] #53092
05/11/2015 09:42 AM
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We like Over the Rainbow, but I checked your dates and it is booked already. Bummer! The Reef Bay and Fish Bay areas are nice to be able to get back into town easily. We have also stayed at Gallows Point which is wonderful if you want to be able to walk to dinner and the happy hours. If you wanted to stay at the opposite end of St John. We love Villa Gin De Mer. Amazing privacy and views, views, views.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: ski2play] #53093
05/11/2015 12:47 PM
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We love Grande Bay on STJ. Rent a 2 bedroom condo. Pool, hot tub, fitness room, and within walking distance to all of Cruz Bay.

Re: What to do post charter? [Re: michellepvm] #53094
05/11/2015 03:37 PM
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We've stayed on St John many times. Headed there later this week. Let me know what your budget is and maybe I can help you.


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