Cruising Grounds

BVI, Windward and Leeward Islands

Essential reading

Vol 1 and 2 Superyacht Services guide
Cruising guides to the BVI, Windward and Leeward Islands

The 24 coolest places to eat in the Caribbean

  1. Anguilla – Scilly Cay in Island Harbour
  2. Antigua – Coconut grove in Dickenson’s Bay and Turner’s Beach Bar & Grill at Johnson’s Point
  3. Barbados – Daphne’s, Fishpot, Il Tempio, Lone Star restaurant, Mannie’s Suga Suga
  4. BVI – Big Bamboo on Anegada, Deadman’s Beach Bar and Grill on Peter Island, 1748 on Tortola
  5. Curacao – Playa Portmari
  6. Grenada – Coconut Beach on Grand Anse Beach and Laluna on Morne Rouge Beach
  7. Jamaica – Chill Out on Long Bay
  8. Nevis – Sunshine’s Beach Bar and Grill on Pinney’s Beach
  9. St.Barts – La Plage, L’Indigo, Snack Zen
  10. St.Kitts – Turtle Beach Bar and Grill on Turtle Beach
  11. St.Martin – Kakao Beach Restaurant and Bar on Orient Bay and Kaibuni Restaurant on Ilet Pinel
  12. St.Vincent and the Grenadines – Saltwhistle Bay Club
  13. Turks and Caicos – Brace Bay Bistro

Leeward Islands


Dutch and French – currency Euros. Sunset beach bar, Sopranos and Tallulah Mangoes. Simpson’s Bay marina and lagoon for most boats, anchorage outside for superyachts. Anchorage windy and a rolly swell.


Celebrity island, Nikki Beach, Gunahani Spa, beaches. New year’s with Beyonce at Nikki Beach. St.Barths Marina very pretty (the St.Tropez of the Caribbean) (USD currency).
Hotel Les Mouettes ( has bungalows just off the water at 95Euros a night on Lorient beach.


Road town to clear. Maunday’s bay with Cap Geluca. Smokies beach bar on the beach.

BVI’s – Tortola

Clearing in and out of the BVI’s should be from the same place – in this case, Road Harbour. Suuggler’s Cove is a safe anchorage on the West end of the island with the famous Jolly Roger Inn on the beach.
On the Eastern corner is Trellis Bay. Ashore here is The Loose Mangoose bar on the beach. There is a small supermarket (all served by safe jetties). In the centre of the bay is Bellamy Cay on which is the ‘last Resort Inn’. Across is Marina Cay, again with a hotel and restaurant.

Virgin Gorda

11nm across from Trellis Bay is Gorda Sound in Virgin Gorda. Ashore is the famous Bitter End YC for the day and Biras Creek Restaurant for dinner. There is a dive resort on Saba Rock Island and on Prickly Pear Cay, down on Vixen Point beach a very pleasant restaurant featuring lobsters on the menu.
Worth visiting is the anchorage off the Baths where huge boulders have formed tunnels, arches and pools. Necker Island.
Just outside the Gorda Sound bay is Necker Island which is Richard Branson’s private island. The entrance channel is marked by buoys leading to 2 piers, one for vendors and the second for guests. The island is protected by reefs and fronted by a beautiful sand bar. Sir Branson has a beach bar, water sports, a main house, guest houses and full length sports complex.

Norman Island

Also known as Treasure Island, the bay known as the bight is a safe anchorage. Famous is the floating restaurant known as the ‘William Thornton’ or ‘Willy T’ where the nightlife can get can loud and raucous.

Jost Van Dyke

Named after a famous privateer of the time, JVD provides another safe anchorage at great harbour. Foxy’s is a popular late night hangout for visiting yachts.

Windward Islands


Famous as a base for Nelson’s fleet, English and Falmouth Harbours are well protected. Clearance is done at English Harbour where Nelson’s dockyard has been renovated as a historic site. Antigua yacht club is home to the Superyachts and is base to a number of yachts that cruise in the area. Antigua is also a place that most repair work can be done.
Mad Mongoose bar is a good bar on the marina waterfront and Shirley heights a good place to watch sunset with live music on Sundays.
Best beaches include Nonsuch Bay, Half Moon Bay and Jolly harbour.


A small island with a population of about 1500 located just off Antigua. There is one village called Codringham with the Lighthouse Bay resort which serves fabulous food and is located on a 16 mile pink sand beach.

St. Lucia

Considered one of the gems of the Caribbean. Yacht’s can anchor off in Marigot Bay. The marina here must be one of the most beautiful imaginable. Labas Beach is located only a few minutes away and the Rainforest Hideaway restaurant is just across. Mango Beach offers accommodation at reasonable rates Recommended is the Jalousie Plantation Rainforest Spa. A must see is the anchorage off the Val des Pitons.
St Lucia also has a Jack Nicklaus golf course close to the Rodney Bay Marina


A private island renowned for being one of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean. Visiting yacht’s anchor in Britannia Bay and the world famous ‘Basil’s Bar’, home to the Mustique Blues festival is located on the beach here.
Cotton house is the island’s main resort facility has a spa.

Palm Island

The anchorage between Palm Island and Union Island is safe and protected anchorage. Palm Island itself is a private island with an upmarket private resort and 15 private homes.

Caribbean Agents

St Maarten – Anguilla

BWA Yachting - St Maarten
Simpson Bay Marina
Plaza Del Lago
St. Maarten
Netherlands Antilles
Contact - Lucille Frye
Tel: + 599.544.2436
Fax + 599.544.2496

St Barths

Yacht Charters & Services
ST BARTH, French West Indies
Tel: (+590)590 27 56 50
Fax: (+590)590 27 56 52
Mobile: (+590)690 49 65 71


Shore Side Yacht Services Ltd, BVI
Contact - Francis David
Tel : 284 494 5135
Fax: 284 494 4744
Mobile: 284 541 8227


Kingstown. P.O. Box 92 Kingstown
Contact - Yolande, Sam Taxi and Tours
Tel: (784) 456-4338
Fax: (784) 456-4233

Antigua Harbour

Contact - Jane Midson / Janes Yacht Services
Tel: +268 460 2711
Fax: +268 460 3740


Contact - Glyne St Hill / Dacosta Mannings Inc.
Tel: 246 430 4804
Email: ,
Mobile: 246 231 1808

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