Hear about travel to the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Captain Shane McClellan about a sailing trip to the area.
Shane says of the Virgin Islands, “Why not go to the Virgin Islands? As long as you like beaches, sun, snorkeling, water, some pretty darn famous bars, it’s just got everything you want including some wonderful hiking over on Saint John. Anything you want I can probably find for you in the Virgin Islands.”
Shane has been running charters on a 41′ catamaran for the last 7 years. He takes us on a typical one-week itinerary on a sailing vessel. We start by flying into Saint Thomas which has the best air connectivity but quickly head to the British Virgin Islands. An alternative would be a week circling Saint John.
“A typical trip we start by going to Norman Island and from there we skip Peter Island, although that’s going to change, and we go to Cooper which is very popular. From there we go up to Virgin Gorda, we do the Baths at the southern end and we do the north sound up at the north end. From there we sail out to Anegada which is completely different from all the other Virgin Islands. And then we have a long relaxing sail back to Jost Van Dyke and we party at Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar. That’s usually about a week and we end up back at Saint Thomas and drop you off.”
Along the way, Shane talks about where to snorkel, hike, and look for buried pirate treasure. We delve into the sugar plantation history and the slavery that supported it. And we talk about one of the most interesting beaches in the world.
Come and hear why the Virgin Islands is worth exploring.
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SV Guiding Light
The Virgin Islands
The North Sound
Jost Van Dyke
The Soggy Dollar
Red Hook, St. Thomas
Annaberg Sugar Plantation
Norman Island Caves
Dead Chest Island
The Wreck of the RMS Rhone
Cooper Island Beach Club
Savannah Bay Beach
Sandy Spit & Sandy Cay
The Bubbly Pool
Aboard the Guiding Light
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