February 10, 2015: North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Jim, Kim, Jackie and I landed on the Biras Creek dock to hike up the hill to the west of the castle like stone restaurant we had eaten in the night before. The trail raises quickly with granite rocks providing unorganized steps. Because of the steep climb, the views back into the Sound and out over Anegada Passage, which separates the Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands to the east, became more magnificent with each step.
On the way down Jim stopped on a rock ledge with Jackie to pose for a picture.
Our next stop after lunch onboard, was to lay on the wooden chase lounges under a thatched shade structure on the south Bitter End Beach and then snorkel around Rat Point. The same fish we had seen at Trunk Bay and Norman Island were here, but unfortunately because of the wind, the water was murky.
We went back to the boat to clean up and then to the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club for drinks. This remarkable high end club facility is the Caribbean out post of the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club in Spain.
As we had discovered on our previous visits the facilities and the view from the restaurant level over the super yacht docks, with the Sound and Bitter End in the background, were breath taking.
The view this day included Alfa Nero, a 269-foot superyacht which was med moored at the end of the main gangway with the waterfall on its aft deck infinity pool centered on the gangway which led up the hill to the Yacht Club. Alfa Nero, which has a 47-foot beam and crew of 26, is owned by Theodore Angelopoulos a Greek businessman involved in the steel and shipping industries.
Leaving the Yacht Club we went across the Sound to a restaurant on the water at Bitter End for an outstanding buffet as the sun set.
The next morning at 0700 hours, I took Jim and Kim by dingy to Gun Creek which is the end of the road to Spanish Town and west of Bitter End. The resorts we had been visiting in North Sound are accessible only by water. From Gun Creek Jim and Kim took a cab to Spanish Town, then a ferry to Road Town on Tortola.
Here they had to check through customs to clear out of the BVI. Then they took a ferry to Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas where they had to check through Customs to enter the US. Then they took a taxi to the airport where they again had to go through customs, and of course, the TSA. As this was a cruise ship day (cruise ships were in port at Charlotte Amalie) the lines were packed.
We understand that it was fortunate their 1330 flight was delayed as they would not have made it through the lines in time.
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