Winter Adventures

British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

Have you dreamed of turquoise blue water and warm breezes caressing your face?  Do you wish to run barefoot in the sand and sip a pina colada under a palm tree?

 

Every winter, Arabella sails in the Caribbean.  Her base is in the beautiful British Virgin Islands which are considered the best cruising grounds in the world. 

Day 1 - Board Arabella, Anchor at Marina Cay

On Sunday morning, Arabella will be waiting for you at anchor off Road Town.  You will meet the Arabella tender at Village Cay Marina. Start with breakfast in your hotel room or at Village Cay.  Then go to the dinghy dock between 8 and 10 am.  The crew will motor you out to Arabella.  Then you will meet the Captain, receive your cabin assignment and stow your bags.  One everyone is onboard, Arabella hoists her anchor and sets sail for a week of adventure.  By mid-afternoon, we will arrive off Marina Cay and drop our hook.  There is good snorkeling nearby.  You can go ashore on Marina Cay and walk to the top which gives you a good view of the sun set.  Dinner this first evening will be onboard.  After dinner, you may wish to head to Scrub Island or the Last Resort for late night entertainment.

Day 2 - Sail to North Sound

Morning will start with tea and coffee on the aft deck.   The warm sun will feel refreshing on your skin.  After a leisurely breakfast, the crew will weigh anchor and Arabella will sail upwind.  Along the way, we will pass “the Dogs.”  Then we will pass Mosquito and Necker Islands which are the famous homes of Peter Branson.  After entering North Sound, Arabella will anchor. Then you go can begin your exploration at the world famous Bitter End Yacht Club, a great place for a frozen pina colada on their outdoor Almond Terrace!  In the evening, the 3 main options for dinner are Fat Virgins, Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock.  Or if you wish to go upscale, you can see if Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from Italy is accepting outside reservations.  Their clubhouse is unmatched in luxury and sophistication and they sometimes allow guests to visit but you will need to dress nice!

Day 3 - Watersports, Diving, Spa or Rest Day

North Sound is the activity capital of the BVIs!  Arabella will have her kayaks and Pico sailboats in the water for you to enjoy.  You can also rent other sailboats from the Bitter End Yacht Club, including Hobie Cats and Lasers.  Bitter End also offers dive trips and kite surfing lessons (book these the day before).  Guests who enjoy hiking can take advantage of several trails which lead up to the top of the surrounding hills.  You can also just choose to relax with a book on a beach chair or be pampered with a message at the Bitter End spa.  There is lots to do in North Sound!  At sunset, join your Captain on the after deck of Arabella for a special evening cocktail.  Then you can head off to a great dinner ashore.

Day 4 - The Baths & Cooper Island

Arabella will weigh anchor on Wednesday morning after breakfast and head to Spanish Town.  There you can hop a taxi to The Baths, an incredible wonder of huge boulders on the beach.  In the afternoon, Arabella will head over to Cooper Island where there is also good snorkeling.  Plan to spend a few minutes ashore among the palm trees at the beautiful Cooper Island Resort Hotel.

Day 5 - White Bay & Foxys on Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyck is north of Tortola and we will sail there in the morning.  Our first stop will be off White Bay where you can dinghy ashore.  This is home of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar.  The sand beaches are an unmatched brightness of white and you can stand waist deep in the warm water and sip a frozen drink form the Soggy Dollar.  In the late afternoon, we will head over the Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke, home of the world famous Foxy’s bar.  After a sunset cocktail onboard Arabella, you can head to Foxy’s or one of the other restaurants ashore for dinner.  If it is a popular night, maybe there will some music and dancing at Foxys.

Day 6 - Norman Islands and the Caves

After a late night at Foxy’s, we will start Friday slowly.  Arabella will sail over to the Bight in Norman Island.  There is excellent snorkeling at the Caves or the Indians.  Dinner will be served onboard Arabella this evening.  After dinner, guests will be able to motor over to Willie T’s, one of the famous bars in the Caribbean.  After absorbing all of the Caribbean sun for a week, late night revelers are known to fully embrace the spirit of the Caribbean by shedding their clothes and jumping into the water from the upper deck.

Day 7 - Sail Home to Road Town

As much as we would like to continue, all good things must eventually come to an end. The morning sail across Sir Francis Drake channel is a great final ride to celebrate an exceptional week of sailing.  Arabella will anchor outside the harbor and then deliver guests ashore by tender.  You can fly back home this same day or take a hotel room and fly home the following day.