Virgin Gorda in 20 days!

Apr 18th, 2009, 06:48 AM
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Virgin Gorda in 20 days!

Hi all,

I am excited as hell about our upcoming trip to VG. I have been doing a little research about places to eat. Sounds like Rock Cafe, Mine Shaft, Top of the Baths, and Flying Iguana would be good choices.

Little Dix?

I was thinking that the Sandbox on Prikcly Pear would be fun. How does one get there?

How abou the Fat Virgin Cafe? How does one get there?

Are there any other suggestions?

Where is the best to place to shop for groceries?

Many thanks!
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Apr 18th, 2009, 06:50 AM
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oops...I calculated wrong. Make that 50 days. Can you tell I REALLY want to get there?
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Apr 18th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Hi Bill --

We really liked Giorgio's Table which is very close to Adagio. Wonderful at sunset. We went there once for lunch and once for dinner. Expensive but very nice.

We really liked Sugarcane at Nail Bay. Also went there once for lunch and once for dinner. More of a casual place -- especially at lunch. You can enjoy the pool (right next to the restaurant) while waiting for your meal.

We had a very good lunch at Top of the Baths - another very casual spot but perfect after a morning at the Baths.

I'd rate Rock Cafe and Mine Shaft as OK (Rock Cafe being the better of the two) -- but possibly we didn't order the right things.

If we had had more time (and weren't so lazy) -- I would have taken a boat over to Saba Rock and/or Bitter End to check it out and have a meal.

We walked around Little Dix - it seemed slightly stuffy -- but I think that had more to do with us being on the outside looking in (so to speak) -- I suspect if we were staying there we would have felt differently.

Flying Iguana is right at the airport so the setting isn't all that special - but I understand the food is very good.

We also thoroughly enjoyed having simple meals on the deck at Adagio. Amazing how great a PBJ can taste while watching a beautiful sunset.

Something you may want to consider is having a meal prepared for you in the villa - the rental manager suggested a few caterers that offer that service. Sounds like fun.

Enjoy!

Carol
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Apr 18th, 2009, 02:45 PM
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Thanks Carol! Unfortunately Giorgio's Table is closed because it sustained serious damage when the cliff above decided to fall on the restaurant. Ouch!

The folks that ran the place at Nail Bay have apparently left to run a place on Tortola. I think there is still a place at Nail Bay, but I've heard nothing about it.

Do you recall any markets or fish mongers that sold freshly caught fish? Grilling some fish on the bbq might be fun.
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Apr 18th, 2009, 06:06 PM
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Hi, Bill--

Where are you staying? I remember a few years ago you were considering Open Deck.

When you go to the Rock Cafe, make reservations for sitting outside on the deck with the waterfall--there's only one table there and it's very romantic. We had a great meal there.

We also loved Flying Iguana--try it for breakfast, too. We enjoyed lunch, sitting there watching that gorgeous water and seeing the small planes come & go. Mine Shaft--go early to get a good sunset table. Our meal was fun but not outstanding.

In fact, most of our meals would fit that description. We didn't try Biras or Little Dix, though.

The market we used was the one at the marina, but I can't remember the name of it. It was pretty basic and not a lot of fresh anything, but there was frozen fish. Not sure if that helps or not. You could probably ask around for local fishermen, though.

Hope y'all have a great time!
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Apr 18th, 2009, 11:08 PM
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Hi Emily, we are staying at Adagio just like you and Carol! Can't wait for the views, that pool and the beach of course. Thanks for the restaurant tips. We're still thinking about taking a snorkeling trip or maybe a trip to Anegada.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 04:18 AM
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We're off to VG as well! Hot spot this year! We leave May 15 staying at a house in leverick bay. Can't wait!!!

Peace, Greenie
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Apr 19th, 2009, 06:16 AM
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Bill: I got so excited for you when I first read 20 days! Well, I still wish you a great time in 50 days.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 07:07 AM
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Hi Greenie, Where are you planning to eat? the restaurant at Leverick Bay looks nice.

I know ct...I REALLY need this getaway. I don't even know which month I am in...LOL.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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Too bad about Giorgio's. I feel bad for the people that worked there.

We did very limited grocery shopping. There is a small (somewhat funky) grocery store at the marina - I think it is called Bucks (you'll pass it on the way to Adagio from the airport). We weren't inspire to buy much.

The rental manager will probably meet you at the airport. The woman that met us provided good information on restaurants, etc. She'll fill in you on the latest restaurant reviews - possibly even where to buy fresh fish.

I'll be curious to hear your comparison between VG and St. John. I suspect VG is less built up and has fewer eating options. It is a quiet island -- just the way we like it!
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Apr 19th, 2009, 07:33 AM
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I stayed at Nail Bay in February. There is still a restaurant there and it is very good.

Bucks is the market located at the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor Marina.

Also check out Chez Bamboo restaurant in Spanish Town. Great food. We ate there 2 times while were in VG. The owner, Rose, also owns the Bath and Turtle and the small outside marina bar.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Definitely check out the Saba Rock restaurant - great food and so much fun. To get there you go to Leverick Bay and walk down to the end of the marina dock. One of the guys will radio over to Saba Rock and they will send the ferry boat over for you.

Prickly Pear no longer offers a ferry service. You can only get there by private boat.

Top of the Baths is so much fun for lunch on Sunday's. A live band plays from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Thanks janiekins for the information. Good to know that the place at Nail Bay is good. I am looking forward to eating there. Thanks also for the word on Chez Bamboo. Too bad about Prickly Pear, I was looking forward to going out there doing some exploring. I don't think we'll rent a small dingy, but who knows? Saba Rock has been added.

Carol, I suspect you are right about the VG - St. John compare. Give me laid back and low key. That's what I like! That's good to know about the meet and greet. I think Brian mentioned that they would meet us there. I 'll ask about fresh fish.

As for the shopping...Coffee, milk, bread, lunch meat, snacks are the things we'll be needing.

This is great. Thanks!
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Apr 19th, 2009, 12:21 PM
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If you can get over to Biras Creek Resort for dinner and willing to spend money(make sure it's not a barbeque night)you will have a gourmet dinner unlike most places in the Caribbean.
But, you get what you pay for. Dinner for 2 with an modestly priced bottle of wine + tax/tip runs $125-$135. but worth it.
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Apr 19th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Sounds like a lotta great recs! That Biras Creek sounds delish! Can't wait to try them all. We will def. eat at Leverick Bay--that's a given. Other than that, iamq, ...I'm a "see which way the wind is blowing" kind of gal...I never make reservations or plans!

Peace, Greenie
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Apr 19th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Bucks is the name of the place we shopped, and for modest provisions it will suit you just fine. You're going to love Adagio!
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Apr 20th, 2009, 05:49 AM
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Thanks everyone.
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Apr 20th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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Bill, had a WONDERFUL lunch at Little Dix! We hopped on their ferry and took it for free to the resort. Had lunch outside on the beach with Pina Coladas and the experience was what everyone thinks of when they think 'islandy'.
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Apr 20th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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That sounds really nice GoT. I'm counting the minutes...
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May 19th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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Okay...NOW it is 20 days until blast off! I am a little disappointed to hear about the algae plume and the effect it is having on the clarity of the water, but I am still excited to be going.
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