This was my parents 3rd time visiting us in the BVI. It was definitely a different experience for them this time after the hurricane had hit. Previously we had taken them out on a charter boat for a week, sent them on day sails to the many different islands, we dined in all the nice restaurants and spent days on the beach, people watching and enjoying island life.
This year was slightly different. Restaurants and bars had been blown away and are still rebuilding. It wasn’t easy to drive across the island and explore (especially with a baby in the car) as the roads are still in a bad state and it’s not the most comfortable ride. Ferries are pretty expensive and all the day sail boats have gone. However, we made the best of the situation and most of all, they had come to visit their granddaughter.
We spent many days on the beach down at Cane Garden. It was my dads favourite beach when we used to live down there, and he still loves it now. They made many friends with the locals living in the area and had a great time lounging on the white sands. The sea had been pretty rough for the majority of the time they were here unfortunately, with waves crashing and pretty strong currents, but the final week seemed to calm down for them to enjoy swimming in the warm blue waters.
As the sea conditions weren’t always the best, we also spent a lot of time around the pool in the marinas. Léna was loving her new inflatable ring her grandparents had bought her and she has definitely become a water baby. As soon as her little feet touch the water a huge smile beams on her face. Gavin likes to act like a dolphin in the water, flinging himself up out of the water and crashing face down back into it. I’ve never seen Léna laugh so hard, she almost stopped breathing. The pool is always an easier and more enjoyable day for me, with comfortable sun loungers, lots of shade, a nice bar and restaurant close by, less flies and most of all no sand!!
My dad had been reading about the famous ‘Michael Beans Pirate Show’ at Leverick bay and desperately wanted to watch it this time around. So we decided to make the most of the day over on Virgin Gorda and spent the whole day there. We got up early and drove over to Beef Island where we caught the Speedy’s ferry over to Spanish Town. We then hopped in a taxi which took us down to Gun Creek. It was quite a drive and was nice for my parents to see half of the island they hadn’t seen before. From Gun Creek we caught the private Oil Nut Bay boat which took us over to the resort.
Before the storm, this five star resort was only really accessible to it’s residents and guests. Now they have opened it to the public. It is still very exclusive and luxurious with a concierge meeting you at the dock and taking you down to the beach club. The pool was beautiful, the beaches were pristine and the service was excellent. We had lunch in the restaurant and the food was delicious and not too pricey. If you wanted, they had a range of watersports to enjoy including a Hobie Cat, kayaking and paddle boarding. We decided however, just to take advantage of the pool and have a few hours of relaxation.
We left the resort around 3pm, hopped back on the boat and the driver generously offered to drop us back at Leverick Bay. The pirate show started at 5pm and is a musical comedy about sailing and pirates. It includes a lot of singing, dancing, shaking maracas blowing conch shells and drinking rum. Michael Beans is a wonderful one man band and his show is very entertaining. Gavin and I know all the words to his songs now as Gavin is his ‘biggest fan’ and takes all of his charter guests there!
The show finished at 7pm. We caught a taxi back to Spanish Town, jumped on the ferry back to Beef Island and drove home. It was a long day, especially with Léna, but she managed extremely well and we all had a great day out.
My parents took Ben for daily walks and were almost getting used to Tortola’s extremely hilly roads when it was time for them to leave. We went for a hike up Sage Mountain and climbed to the lookout tower located on the highest point of the BVI taking in some spectacular views. They were definitely feeling a little more energetic after this trip.
We had afternoons in Stoutts, the little bar overlooking Cane Garden, drinking rum and cokes. A few days were spent in town having lunch at the Watering Hole, we checked out the farmers market and strolled around the cruise ship pier. We drove over to Trellis Bay a couple of times and enjoyed some great local food at the Trellis Bay Market Bar and Grill and generally just chilled out enjoying each others company.
We managed a couple of early evenings dining out. We ate at both D’Coalpot in Carrot Bay and the Taste of India in Road Town. The Indian restaurant is quickly becoming the new ‘hot spot’ as their food is delicious and service is great. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
When it came to Easter we had a great weekend. We had arranged to go over to Richard Branson’s Moskito Island as they were having a charity fundraiser, helping to raise funds for a school on Virgin Gorda. Luckily we had friends who were also going over on their boat and invited us to join them for the day.
We woke up early and headed down to the marina at Sopers Hole. We boarded the beautiful ‘Jans Felion’ and headed over to Moskito Island. We were so fortunate to have calm seas, beautiful sunshine and a cool breeze. It was so nice to be back on the water and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the ride over taking in the wonderful views of the BVI as we sipped on our morning Mimosas. Captain Kirk got us to our destination safely and dinged us over to the island.
The beach was set up with sun loungers, Easter decorations, a bouncy castle for the children, beach volleyball and floaties in the sea to play on. We were welcomed with a rum punch and told to enjoy our day. We chilled on the beach listening to some great music, played in the sea and enjoyed the wonderful Easter vibe. The drinks were flowing and they put on the most amazing BBQ. The food was absolutely delicious with shrimp, chicken, bean burgers and salads all on offer, finished off with some cheesecake, and lemon tart. After lunch they had arranged an Easter egg hunt for the children and we even got a visit from the Easter bunny. It was a wonderful afternoon, finished off with a great boat ride home.
Unfortunately Gavin had missed out on the day as he had been out on charter, however he finished that day and was waiting for us at the dock when we arrived back. Léna was very happy to see her daddy after not seeing him for a week.
The following day we had a BBQ at home on the balcony and enjoyed some family time.
My parents visit was over all too quickly and I wished they could stay a little longer. It’s hard living away from your parents, especially when grandchildren are involved, but hopefully we will get to spend more time with them soon. They loved watching Léna grow and develop in the time they were here and can’t wait for their next meeting. For now, it’s back to rainy England until they manage to get another flight over to the Caribbean!
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