Miami - Key West + Caribbean - Virgin Islands
Motorcycle Adventure: Miami - Key West
Road Time: 3 hours 12 mins
Distance: 260 km / 161 miles
Distance: 260 km / 161 miles
Sailing Adventure: Caribbean - Virgin Islands
Sailing Time: Seven (7) Days.
Departure Day – Day One
Cast off and set sail for Norman Island, home of the caves and the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island". Snorkel the caves and then move a short distance around the corner into the perfect bay for the first night at anchor.
Day Two - Salt Island - Cooper Island
A short sail up the Sir Francis Drake Channel takes you to Salt Island. Here we can pick up the National Park's moorings and snorkel the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship Rhone, a relic of the hurricane of 1867 and famous for its part in the movie 'The Deep'. Alternatively, go ashore and visit the settlement and the salt pond from which the island takes its name. The annual rent for the whole island is paid each year directly to the Queen of England and is a bag of salt! After lunch we sail to Cooper Island where we pick up a mooring in front of the beach club bar and restaurant - there's a dive shop here and great snorkeling.
Day Three - Virgin Gorda
Sail to the Baths one of the most unique natural formations in the Virgin Islands. Consisting of thousands of smooth boulders, some as big as a house, strewn along the beach on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda. You can explore the many gaps that open into massive rocky grottos filled with sea water. Nearby is Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, with a full service marina, shops and restaurants. In the afternoon, we sail north and east to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, surrounded with safe anchorages, snorkeling, beach bars and restaurants.
Day Four - Anegada
Either relax and spend the day in North Sound or sail the 15 miles north to Anegada. Anegada means 'drowned island' and when you see it you'll realize why! The highest point is 15 feet above sea level and it's famous for fresh lobster, iguanas and flamingoes.
We will leave North Sound early in order to arrive at Anegada during the middle of the day. This will give us good light to navigate through the coral heads at the entrance to the anchorage. Then you can take a taxi ride to Loblolly Bay on the north side and snorkel inside the reef. Then go back to the anchorage for smoothies and a lobster dinner at the Anegada Reef Hotel or Neptune's Treasure.
Day Five Trellis Bay – Marina Cay
Sail from either North Sound or Anegada to Trellis Bay on Beef Island . Beef Island is a well protected natural harbor and home of the famous restaurant and cabaret 'The Last Resort'. A more tranquil spot would be Marina Cay across the channel to the north, off Great Camanoe, which features a Pussers Landing that is good for happy hour and casual dining. Also a new restaurant called Donovans Reef, can be accessed by dinghy from Marina Cay.
Day Six Guana Island – Cane Garden – Jost Van Dyke
Weigh anchor and take a short cruise up to beautiful Guana Island for spectacular snorkeling and a superb beach at Monkey Point. It's a great spot to picnic. Then we take an afternoon sail west to either Cane Garden Bay on Tortola's lush north shore, or to the islands of Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke. Both locations have good anchorages, beautiful beaches, hiking, beach bars and unique restaurants for your share of the evening's entertainment.
Day Seven Soper's Hole/Peter Island
Anchor off Green Cay and enjoy a swim in to shore. You can walk around the whole island in five minutes, but snorkeling around is more fun. Then sail west to Soper's Hole Wharf, the home of Pusser's Landing, said to be built on the spot where Blackbeard the pirate once lived. Ashore there are restaurants and provisions. For the last night, we sail across the channel to Little Harbor or Great Harbor, Peter Island. Enjoy the sunrise over the hills of Peter Island, take an early morning swim or snorkel and then weigh anchor for a short sail across the channel to the home base docks.