- June 30th, 2011
- in Yachting
Should I stay or should I go?
The question, famously prompted by Mick Jones and The Clash, is on the minds of many BVI residents over the summer season. The long and lazy months provide enticing incentive to get away to a nearby tropical destination—or out of the Caribbean entirely. Great deals abound in this region in the off-season. Also equally alluring is a trip within the BVI—a staycation of sorts—to one of the many beautiful hotels and resorts around the islands.
Many locations drop their prices drastically and provide local discounts to keep business cycling among the local population, especially while the seasonal snowbird travelers enjoy their defrosted nests to the north. I prefer to treat myself to a relaxing combination of both BVI exploration and off-island escapes. Fortunately, my job often calls for me to both travel the region and enjoy the finer finds in my own BVI backyard.
For this month’s issue, I traveled back to Dominica, where I spoke with their tourism director about the significance of affordable access between inter-island travels—especially moving into the off-season. He was quick to reiterate its importance, and as such, said they will continue to reach out to partners like BVI Airways—the local airliner that recently secured a spot as the BVI’s sole provider to Dominica. Good news for me, because I can’t get enough of the “nature island.”
On island, of course, there are always plenty of reasons to stick around. One of those reasons—year after year—is the BVI Poker run, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in May. Motoring enthusiasts near and far took to the waters to shred at high velocity from landmark to landmark, imbibing in the islands’ spattering of little secrets.
On the sailing side of things, Olympic hopeful Alec Anderson continued to represent the BVI while away at college in Rhode Island, taking home with him this summer All-American honours bestowed by Sailing World. I caught up with the sophomore sailor, who said more than anything, he’s happy to be back in the BVI, among friends, family and familiar waters.
I also visited the prestigious Belmont Estate on Tortola’s northwestern tip with Maritha Keil of Sotheby’s, who introduced me to a wonderful property called Captain’s House, wedged comfortably among its inviting community. I doubt I would aspire to go anywhere far if I lived there.
There’s plenty more to peruse in these pages, which hopefully find you calm and content on a beach to yourself. Nothing beats a quiet read and a serene view, free from the hustle and bustle of heavy tourist traffic. May your days be filled with peace and pleasure.