3rd in the reader’s poll in the category of Best Islands in the Caribbean. Virgin Gorda moved one spot higher this year from last year’s 4th spot. Congratulations to the British Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda. We however know better: Nature’s Little Secrets are by far an island paradise. Maybe a number one ranking might let the secret out.
Here’s a view from Nail Bay, the best beach on one of the top three islands in the Caribbean!
Wonder what Ajit’s been up to? Read this recent interview with the owner of Sunset Watch Villa to find out. In case you don’t know him, Ajit George and his wife Dr. Sarah Brown built this popular BVI vacation villa in 1996. Ajit spent 27 years as the Managing Director of Nail Bay Resort. He’s best known as a gentle soul with big ideas and a bigger heart. Ajit put both together many times to raise money for charities in the BVIs. Most noteworthy of his many philanthropic efforts was creation of the BVI Winemaker’s Dinners, a wildly successful fundraiser marrying his love for fine wines and exceptional food. But if you asked Ajit what’s most important to him, without hesitation he’d boast of the many friendships he has forged over the years in Virgin Gorda and the BVI.
I’ve always wondered if anyone had the “stones” to climb the boulders at the Baths in Virgin Gorda. I’ve swam, snorkeled, explored, hung out, and genuinely loved the Baths since I first visited in the Summer of 1984. Never have I seen anyone attempt any serious climbing. Until now. Check out the attached video from the climbing website “Louder than 11.”
Did you know that the Baths, though wildly popular, are not the best place in Virgin Gorda to snorkel? Everyone has their favorite spot. Mine is just off the shore of Sunset Watch Villa, located on the beach at Nail Bay Estates. Since this Caribbean Villa is located at the end of a steep road, beach access is limited. This makes this beautiful beach secluded most days.
The reef starts in ankle deep water. Watch out for the sea urchins ! It extends a quarter mile south past famous guest house Baraka Point to Mountain Trunk Beach. It also extends a half mile north, almost to Long Bay. You can spend days exploring the nooks, crannies, and arches of this expansive reef. Small sharks, turtles, eels, and the occasional monster lobster are usually present.
The reef at Sunset Watch Villa is fairly indicative of all the waters around Virgin Gorda. There are many, many, small reefs waiting for you to explore. So the next time you visit Virgin Gorda Island Paradise, try one of nature’s little secrets not named the Baths.
Well known travel writer and self-described “travel diva” Teresa Rodriguez included Sundowner in a Mother’s Day article she wrote for her column on Huffington Post. Here’s the link:
And here’s another view of Virgin Gorda’s most romantic beachfront villa.
Videographer/photographer/traveler Alex Lop recently posted this wonderful video of Virgin Gorda.. Check the video and let us know what you think. Very cool in my book.
If you haven’t visited Virgin Gorda in a while you might not know that the oft-delayed North Sound Road was finally completed and paved. Yes it’s still a white knuckler with few guard rails and a very steep incline (you still need to watch out for the goats). But the breathtaking views and now the food are worth risking your health over. Hog Heaven opened up at the peak of the road. Enjoy views of Mountain Point, Anegada, the North Sound and beyond with an ice-cold Red Stripe at hand and a heaping plate
of freshly slaughtered pork (organically raised from the owner’s herd), fish, potato slaw, and pigeon peas and black beans on the side. This joint (no disrespect) opens at 9 AM and closes when “last man standing” leaves the bar, 7 days a week. Hog Heaven is a welcome addition to the island culinary scene with reasonable prices, freshly prepared food, friendly service, spectacular views, and ice-cold brewskis. It’s a 5 minute drive from Sunset Watch Villa and 20 minutes from the Valley.
Maybe some of those pesky goats will end up as fresh stew some Saturday night.
In case you hadn’t heard, the airfield at Virgin Gorda finally was reopened! Air Sunshine flew its first customers directly into our island paradise March 11, 2012. However, don’t get too comfortable with this ultra-conveniant (and recently infrequent!) feature of BVI travel.
The UK sanctioning body responsible for air travel and safety of its overseas territories, Air Safety Support International (ASSI) granted only temporary approval. So if your making your travel plans now for a future stay at Sunset Watch Villa, Drake’s View, or with Sir Richard at Necker Island, I highly recommend you check frequently with Air Sunshine, Cape Air, or any of the charter services as to the status of your flight. Air Sunshine clearly states on their website they will fulfill their obligation to you via arranging a ferry from Beef Island if the Virgin Gorda air strip is closed. Having to spend an extra hour or two at Trellis Bay, in my humble opinion, is not much to complain about (have a cold beer at Jeremy’s Trellis Bay Cyber Cafe and soak in the vibe!).
As of this writing Air Sunshine resumed direct service from both San Juan an St Thomas. Rates as of April 12 were $270 round trip from Puerto Rico, and $250 round trip from St Thomas, with one way fares costing $145 from either location.
This was shot this late November when the first of the winter swells were starting to roll in. Pretty cool huh?
The purpose of this blog is to share our love for Virgin Gorda and the British Virgin Islands. It’s open to anyone with an interest in the island, its people, the local culture, and the natural beauty that permeates everything surrounding all of it. Share your pictures, stories, anecdotes, even recipes. But please, share!
Sunset Watch Villa is a unique property from which to enjoy and reflect upon “Nature’s Little Secret.” Perched upon the normally secluded Nail Bay Beach, this Virgin Gorda vacation villa offers solitude and convenience. Each unit offers commanding views of the Dogs, Guano, scuba Island, and Tortola in the distance. Take a few short steps from your bedroom onto a postcard worthy beach and snorkel the morning or afternoon away. With three kitchens equipped for the gourmet trapped within, you never have to leave the villa unless you absolutely want to. Of course with the world-famous Baths and Devil‘s Beach a mere 15 minute drive away you might want to.
In addition to the kitchens, propane BBQ grills, blenders, coffee makers, espresso machines, bread makers, etc., we’ve equipped each of the Sunset Watch Villas with an iPad2. Each iPad has been loaded with 1700 songs, over 20 award-winning movies, and a subscription to the New York Times. I recommend you set your coffee maker to brew automatically, then wake up to a fresh cup of your favorite java (we stock coffee grinders as well). Gather your fresh brew, your iPad and arrange your favorite chaise lounge just so on the pool deck. Soak in the events back home from the iPad (if you must) or stream perfect music for the moment to one of the Villa’s stereos, creating an “aha, this is why I’m here!” moment. Better yet, use the iPad to take a picture of yourself, your coffee, and the view and post it to your Facebook page. Your friends will hate you.