We dropped our mooring and headed north to the Island of Virgin Gorda. There are a number of fun spots here that we have already visited on prior trips. So we decided to try something different this time and navigated to Leverick Bay, which is a little more off the beaten path.
What a delightful spot! Is is small and VERY laid back. When I asked about reserving a slip at another marina on the island, they sent me a form for my credit card information and a two-page disclaimer. When I emailed Leverick Bay, a man named Nick emailed back to just come on and he’d find a spot. No worries mon. He didn’t even ask my boat name. (When we came in, I asked the dockhand if he was Nick. He just laughed – it turns out Nick is the owner of the whole place!)
They have mooring balls and marina slips ($1 per foot – in Annapolis it is $3 per foot, so we couldn’t believe our luck). Boats get full use of the facilities – beach, pool, restaurants – plus a bag of ice and 100 gallons of free water (a big deal down here, where you pay per gallon).
Last night they featured a Pig Roast on the beach, which was fabulous. We could smell the grill all afternoon – as we enjoyed pina coladas at the beach bar – so our mouths were watering by the time dinner rolled around. It was all you can eat – barbecue pork, brisket, chicken, grilled corn, salads, dessert – delicious. With a beach band and dancing in the sand.
The highlight was a show by the Jumbies, which are Caribbean stilt walkers. You can see me in the purple flowered dress as part of the conga line going through their legs!
Today – we are just hanging out on the boat – reading, fishing and napping, with plans to take a sunset dinghy cruise. We are getting into island life and may just stay awhile!