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Trip Report Just back from Virgin Gorda

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if you have any questions, I'd be glad to answer them?

(inside joke for the long time fodorites) hehehe...just kidding...here's my trip report

Our trip had to be delayed a week because both hubby and I developed nasty viral bronchitis. We were supposed to leave on the May 15, but had to delay a week. So, needless to say, it cost us an additional $1k to move flights because of the labor day weekend! Oh well...that's the way it goes sometimes!

We flew Delta out of Atlanta to San Juan on the 22nd and then caught the 2:30 Air Sunshine flight to VG. All flights were uneventful, but the AS flight was about an hour late.

We rented a house in Leverick Bay, Tamarind, on VRBO. Highly recommend this villa if you want the Leverick Bay area. The people that own it are awesome and the place is well appointed and very nice. It has a pool, gas grill, cable, good music, comfy beds, very clean, great utensils, calphalon cookware, etc. It was nice to have a pool after a day at the beach! Sipping ice-cold Caribe around the pool at the end of the day was a daily ritual

The Villa Manager, Tina, met us at the airport (if you can call it that...hehehe), and drove us to Speedy's for our rental car. We rented a jeepy type thing...$379 for the 9 days.

Leverick Bay is very nice with a Marina, Small Grocery, and a beach bar. You can take boats to the Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, or Saba Rock. Just call them and they will pick you up. We didn't do that this trip. Our villa was just a 5 min ride or 30 min (very steep...hehehe I'm old) walk down to the marina.

The restaurant at Leverick Bay does not serve breakfast in the AM. The little grocery store there has sandwiches, but that was a little disappointing. The food at the restaurant for lunch and dinner was very good. They always had at 3-4 fish dishes on the menu at night. The painkillers at the beach bar were awesome...you tell them 1, 2, 3, 4 rum and they make it up how you want it!

For my next trip to VG, I will stay on the other side of the mountain in the Valley. Going over that mountain at night after a few painkillers is not for me. Possibly Little Dix. That place is amazing!

You see VG is kind of two island separated by an isthmus (English pronunciation: /ˈɪsməs/; plural: isthmuses, isthmi) is a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas. (pretty good, huh...see you learned something!)

The northern end is very mountainous, with Gorda Peak. The other ends is flatter--called the Valley, and a bit more developed.

So, we did the baths. Very crowded and they charge $3 to get in. Go next door to Spring Bay. No crowds and no entrance fee. There's picnic tables, etc. Much better.

We ate lunch at the Top of the Baths restaurant and it was very good. There's some souvenir shops there as well.

We ate many lunches at LSL Restaurant & Bakery. They have a steam table at lunch with ribs, curry chicken, etc. and the best potato salad I ever ate! The menu changes daily, with selections like oxtail and sweet & sour chicken or salt fish cakes. Lunch for two was generally $22, more if you bought some bakery items. They have a delish break pudding!! Highly recommend. It's on the way to the Baths on the right before the big school.

We also ate lunch at Fischer Cove. Cheeseburgers along the beach. It was very peaceful. The rum punches were good and the food was very good. I think for 2 burgers and 4 rum punches it was less than $50.

Beaches we visited were mountain trunk bay. Very nice golden sand and not a sole around. Nail Bay and another beach next door that must be home to a herd of cattle because there are cow pies everywhere! The road is really badly rutted and not paved. It's slow going for sure! It reminded of Smugglers Cove on Tortola, but longer.

Savannah Bay. We went here daily as soon as we figured out how to get to it. A nice lady at Mango Bay showed us. This beach is gorgeous, with awesome, easy shore snorkeling. Never crowded...maybe 2-3 couples, some locals. Very nice. We saw all kinds of fish and turtles, squid, puffer fish (a giant one), rays, etc.

We went home on Sat, May 30. We checked in at the airport for the 8:30 AS flight back to San Juan. There is a $15 dept tax. We went over to the Flying Iguana for breakfast. The guy was just sweeping up and didn't have much food, but made us some coffee and a sandwich, which was very good, and chit chatted for a while. He has a couple of parrots that hang out on the porch. They were cute.

The flights left on time and the same for the Delta in San Juan. This was an great trip! and we look forward to returning to Virgin Gorda soon.

Peace, Greenie

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