Virgin Gorda/ Bitter end

Nov 21st, 2000, 09:35 AM
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Virgin Gorda/ Bitter end

My Fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon and we have been refered to the BVI rather than St. Lucia. My question is, we aregetting married in August and is this a bad time to go? Also, where would you recommend going. We like nightlife/watersports/ beautiful beaches. Please Help.
Nov 21st, 2000, 12:46 PM
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Hi Lisa, Lucky you! The BVIs are my favorite. My first trip there was my honeymoon in Aug '91.
That time of the year is off season. $$ much lower, but chance of bad weather. We found Virgin Gorda to be hot in August. No worries of hurricanes that year-as a matter of fact, we hit a doldrums-no wind, tough to sail.
Since it's off season, we found that some of Bitter Ends activities are not scheduled. We heard that in season there are sailing regattas, live entertainment. No organized entertainment when we were there...but we did get used to having dinner, sharing a bottle of wine on the beach, counting the stars. There's a bar on the rock in the harbor that Bitter End will boat you to...lotsa fun there, good rum punches.
I am not a fan of the casino, nightclub scene, so lack of did not bother me. Not sure if you're the same.
Beach at Bitter End is very, very small. I think that the beaches on Tortola are nicer (like at Long Bay Beach). Oh, yes, Peter Island has a beautiful beach, but very, very expensive resort. Do try to take a day sail there, as well as the baths.
With all that said, here's my bottom line, Bitter End will be quiet at that time of the year...depends on if that is your idea of fun. If you feel that you may be unhappy w/nightlife, stay on Tortola, and visit Virgin Gorda for the Baths.
If you have any questions, just post here. Cheers!! Ta!
Nov 26th, 2000, 05:06 PM
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The Virgin Islands are a wonderful destination, but I would not recommend going there in August, as it is the hurricane season and they are right in the area that seems to get the most hurricanes. The southern Caribbean, on the other hand, experience few hurricanes. Barbados is very popular with honeymooners, and the beaches are very beautiful. Nightlife is more exciting on Aruba, however. That might be your best bet. The Hyatt is the best place to stay.
Nov 27th, 2000, 02:44 AM
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As already noted, it is hot, there is little wind, and it is hurricane season in August, hence the low rates.
There are some things you can do about all that, though, so I wouldn't immediately dismiss a stay in the BVI.
Easiest to deal with is the lack of breeze. BEYC is in the lee of Virgin Gorda; it doesn't get any wind even in Spring. I was there in 99. While there were great breezes anywhere that has a southerly to easterly exposure, BEYC doesn't. To get the cool breezes I suggest these resorts on VG: Olde Yard Inn and Biras Creek. They are very different price-wise, but both are excellent in their category.
My preference, though, is for Tortola and would opt for Frenchman's Cay which is likely to be cheaper than BEYC. Been there 4 times over the last decade.
Frenchman's offers you a small fully equipped villa for yourselves and has the best view of the Sir Francis Drake Channel I've seen. Excellent restaurant (considerably better than the one at BEYC) and cars are available with some packages. Tortola is big enough to make a car a must-have. I'm sure there are links to all of these at BVIWELCOME.COM. Feel free to write direct if I can help
Jan 10th, 2001, 07:04 PM
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Concerns about hurricanes and Heat in August - Looking to honeymoon in early July. We would like to spend some time relaxing on the beach but like some adventure as well. Please advise which island and perhaps a suggestion on lodging as well.

thanks, Kevin
Jan 20th, 2001, 01:38 PM
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To both Lisa and Kevin: There was one really good letter about a hurricane experience at a resort in the Caribbean. I just checked and it's still hear on these boards. Do the search above on "Biras Creek" and the scan down to "Unfair Practices During Hurricanes". The writer depicts the experience very well, even though he had extraordinarily BAD judgment and is trying to blame it on the hotel. The key points: hurricane season is cheap for a good reason, the hotels have too much on their hands to be worried about you, and you need to act quickly and boldly once you know one is coming. Check out the posting and put yourselves in the shoes of this bride and groom!
Jan 20th, 2001, 01:39 PM
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One more thing. The summer hurricane season applies only to the northern Caribbean. At the time you want to go, you can go to the more southerly islands in complete safety.

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