Ever since I married my wife, we have gone on vacation with family – usually with my son, her mother and father, her brother and his wife and their kids, and a few times with my mother and brother. In the 17 years we’ve been married, we have only been on two vacations (more than 3 days) when it was just the two us. One of those was a 2008 vacation in St. John, US Virgin Islands. It was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. We said that the next time we are able to vacation in the Caribbean we would try the British Virgin Island. Here we are in 2014 about to do just that!
We first thought we’d do another cruise along the parts of the Caribbean we haven’t been to yet, but as I started pricing those cruises and calculating the amount of time we’d have to spend in transit I said to myself, “What about the BVI?” Summer time is off-season in the Virgin Islands. Rates for villa rentals are down 15-30%. In the BVI, the cruise ships are non-existent, so no crowds.
I found a beach front villa on vrbo.com for a rate that was almost half of what a balcony suite on a cruise ship would have been, and after calculating the airfare, food, and car rental, I figured it would only be slightly more expensive to spend a leisurely week in an private villa sitting on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean than a week in a floating hotel.
Using my internet powers, I found a message board – Traveltalkonline.com – where I was able to ask advice about where to go, what to do, and, more importantly, what to avoid from experienced BVI travelers. Talisa and I have already been invited for cocktails and conversation with “Manpot“, a fella who owns and lives in a villa just a few doors down from where we’re staying.
So, at 0815 on May 31 2014, we are wheels up from Atlanta to San Juan, and then over to Tortola for a week in the Caribbean sun with side trips planned to Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke to drink with Foxy and Ivan. Photos will be posted on Flickr as soon as I am able, and, if time and desire allow, I may even write up a blog post or two.
See you in the islands!0