North by North Sound

Map of North Sound Micheal Bean at Leverick's Bay Saba Rock Landscaping at Saba Rock

The north part of Virgin Gorda has a mile or so wide protected basin, which I feel you could spend three days of a charter exploring.  Check out the first photo for a map of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound.

I usually enter on the southwest side of Mosquito Island through a small cut where it does shallow up to 7 feet or so at one point.  Due to this, most bareboat companies do not let charters enter through this cut.  As you enter there are beaches on both sides of the entrance with the one on Mosquito Island looking the most spectacular.

From here it is a straight shot to Leverick’s Bay Resort for the pirate happy hour party with Michael Bean (2nd photo).  He will entertain you with his songs and stories, but if you really want to get into the spirit why not dress up as pirate also?  Leverick’s Bay is a great resort with a pool, fuel, docks, store, and more.  As great as it is here you have to be careful with the wind picks up because there is about a mile of fetch for the waves to work up a chop.

Working counter clockwise North Sound has Gun Creek and Biras Creek Resorts before you find yourself at the famous Bitter End Yacht Club.  This five star resort caters to your every need with several pools and restaurants.  Plus my understanding is that your stay at the resort includes more water sports than you can imagine.

Right next to it is Saba Rock (3rd photo), which is my favorite boutique resort.  It is amazing to think this place started off as just a rock in the water and now it has a dozen rooms, wrap around dining room/bar with fantastic happy hour prices, a tarpon feeding at 5pm, an aquarium housing a cannon and anchor from the Rhone, and my favorite part is the manicured back garden (4th photo) with hammocks and toucans.

Prickly Pear Island protects the sound from the north and forms part of the main entrance.  You will find a fantastic beach club across from Saba Rock plus the protection from this uninhabited island is the best in the sound.  The other part of the entrance is a mile long reef you can snorkel.

On the other side of Prickly Pear is Necker Island a private island owned by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Record fame.  You can rent this island for ONLY $60,000 a night and bring up to 30 friends.  Necker and a long barrier reef form Eustatia Sound, which you can enter through the pass next to Saba Rock.  This sound is right there, but no one seems to spend any time in it.

The North Sound is a great spot to visit for one night or more.  Give me a call if you want to come aboard and check out this small awesome cruising ground inside the already awesome BVI cruising ground.  From here you can sail 2-3 hours North on a beam reach to Anagada, sail over to Jost Van Dyke through Monkey Point Pass, or sail downwind through the Sir Francis Drake channel.

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