The year after we graduated from college, my college roommate and her family invited me on a sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands. I had no idea what that would entail, but figured, why not?! And then wondered after I said I would go…how many times will I get seasick?
Fortunately for me, it was only once, and we were on open ocean. I somehow held it together otherwise.
The British Virgin Islands are beautiful–and it’s fun to be able to see them by boat. We stopped at all of the favorite places, including Jost van Dyke, Anegada, The Baths, Virgin Gorda, and Tortola. Plus smaller islands I am most certainly missing. The weather was great, the food was delicious, and the snorkeling was fantastic. The Baths had the most picturesque snorkeling (sadly, I was lacking an underwater camera at the time) and we saw a turtle when we were at Anegada. Every now and then we’d just pull up to a tiny island and hop off to snorkel.
It was the first time I’d eaten conch fritters, decided I wasn’t a fan of barracudas under the boat, and figured out that showering in the cabin bathrooms is pretty much impossible.
Of course we had to stop at the Willy T’s, the infamous ship/bar near Norman Island. Sad but true story: you used to be able to jump off the bow (probably 15-20 feet) into the water naked for a free t-shirt. About 2 months before we got there, someone died…so they abandoned the practice. T-shirts were only up for purchase. I wore my Willy T’s shirt until it wore out, and I was pretty shocked by the number of times in Washington DC I got asked if I had earned my shirt! Particularly in line at Whole Foods…
It seems like so long ago–and indeed, it actually was 9 years ago. So here are some great photos overlooking the beautiful Caribbean.