Island Travel

I’ve heard it said that Disney World is the happiest place on earth. Maybe it’s because I’m claustrophobic and long lines aren’t my thing, but I don’t dream of spending my vacation eating funnel cakes with Mickey and his friends. I’m more of an island girl who dreams of palm trees, sunshine, and the quiet serenity that embodies island travel.

Island travel

Have you seen the Instagram hashtag “#ILiveWhereYouVacation”? Though it annoys me when people use that, it actually is the case for me- I live on an island where people come to vacation, to get away from it all. The island of St. John is my home. And you know, sometimes you just have to get away from home- the dirty dishes, the laundry, the errands…. Home is where the heart is, but home is also where the chores are!

In search of simple island serenity and the perfect long weekend escape, our last trip took us to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Affectionately called the North Sound Playground, this area is home to Saba Rock Resort, Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek Resort, Prickly Pear and the Costa Smeralda Clubhouse and Marine Yacht Club. Leverick Bay Resort is a short boat ride away as well, so there’s no shortage of places to explore and cocktails to sip!

We took the Inner Island ferry, which leaves St. John on Thursday mornings at 8:30. Less than 90 minutes later we arrived in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda to clear customs and begin our long weekend.

Virgin Gorda

Because social media connects the world, I happen to have a friend who lives on Virgin Gorda. Chrissann scooped us up from the ferry and took us on a quick tour of the rock she calls home. We met her beautiful toucans and took in the spectacular views from Hog Heaven.

Toucan

Hog Heaven Virgin Gorda

Hog Heaven Virgin Gorda

After our cocktails, Chrissann took us to Leverick Bay, an adorable island resort and marina, where we had lunch. Leverick is quaint and welcoming, like a tiny island village. It was a great introduction to Virgin Gorda.

leverick Bay resort and Marina

leverick Bay resort and Marina

After lunch, the Saba Rock ferry picked us up and took us to the spot that would be our home for the next four days.

Saba Rock

I was so excited to finally see Saba Rock. Now that I have been, I understand why it is hard to put into words. It’s actually a boat dock with eight guests rooms. There’s a restaurant and bar with a cool atmosphere that lures in boaters looking for the perfect happy hour.

At five o’clock each day, visitors gather around with their cocktails in hand to watch the famous tarpon feeding.

Saba Rock

To me, the most unique aspect of Saba Rock is all of the little areas that they have created around the property for relaxation. Though it’s a small property, there are hammocks, sofas, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, all grouped perfectly for relaxing in privacy.

Saba Rock

In addition to resting and relaxing, we were committed to exploring the North Sound playground. In the next three posts, I’ll share our discoveries.  My guess is that if Mickey and Minnie experienced the long weekend we just had in the BVI’s, they would be asking for a relocation package.

Saba Rock
Ashley Cates, St. John USVI Blogger

4 Comments
  • Crystal
    June 2, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your fun stories. I look forward to reading your blogs. Xoxo

    • Ashley
      June 2, 2015

      Thanks so much Crystal! It makes me happy to know the blog brings joy to others, especially to sweet friends like you!

  • Emma
    June 1, 2015

    The view from Hog Heaven is my absolute favorite! But to be honest, I’m in love with all of North Sound!

    • Ashley
      June 1, 2015

      You and me both, Emma! The North Sound is island perfection. It’s like island “experts” got together and created this quintessential piece of paradise. I’m already planning my next trip back! Hope you are too!

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