While August can bring hurricanes to our islands, it can also bring calm bathtub seas and unsurpassed beauty. With all of the hi-tech weather forecasting that sailors have at their disposal there is no reason to assume that a sail to an island of paradisiacal beauty cannot be enjoyed during August. In fact, it just may lift your spirits.
Named the " Drowned Land," by the Spanish, Anegada is located 14 miles north of Gorda Sound and 26 miles from Road Town, Tortola. Anegada is the only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain and measures one mile by three with its highest point just 28 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by Horseshoe Reef, one of the world’s longest at 18 miles.
Anegada has miles of deserted beaches and delightful, uncrowded beach bars that beckon the August sailor. There are also some great dive sites and excellent snorkeling inside the reefs. You even may be lucky enough to spot one of the bright pink flamingos that live in its creeks and marshes.
Getting to Anegada is easy if you aren’t sailing as there are regularly-scheduled flights from Tortola’s Beef Island Airport and charter flights from St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda. To get around the island, there are taxis, jeeps, and minivans for rent.
Assuming that you are sailing, the best place to moor is directly in front of either Neptune’s Treasure or the Anegada Reef Hotel, both located on the south side near The Settlement. Consult your charts to locate the reefs but there is a well-marked channel giving you a proper entrance to the moorings.
Dinghy in to Neptune’s Treasure and mosey up to their bar where Randall will acquaint you with the Soares Family, owners and operators for some 30+ years. Neptune’s offers a great evening meal with Pam’s Kitchen, located directly behind the restaurant, for lighter fare that can be enjoyed on the premises or carried out for a picnic. There are several large hammocks to “laze” in and enjoy the ambiance.
Heading west out of Neptune’s is Pomato Point Restaurant which has one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet. After ordering a refreshing drink (local non-alcoholic fresh fruit drinks are great), spend some time browsing the small museum full of island artifacts. Exhibits show remnants of the early Arawak Indian culture and from many of the 200 shipwrecks that surround the island.
Around the island clockwise you will next come to the isolated Cow Wreck Beach & Bar with its relaxed, laid back, and friendly atmosphere. Locals, sailors, landlubbers and now kite boarders all love this gorgeous spot and its delicious drinks.
Heading east you will discover several of the best beach bars on the island—Big Bamboo, Loblolly Bay and Flash of Beauty. Big Bamboo is great for lunch where host Aubrey, with his big smile and genial personality, will serve you personally. The Jamaican jerk chicken is delicious and my snapper with butter and lime certainly didn’t have time to get cold. Two huge half lobsters per plate, basted with butter and island spice, are offered at all three restaurants and it’s a three-way tie to see which is best.
End where you began, back at the last of our featured great beach bars at the Anegada Reef Hotel owned by the Wheatley family. Visit a terrific boutique while enjoying a final refreshment before heading out to your mooring.
Relax, enjoy and have fun enjoying the local tales and warm friendship that make this island so appealing. Treat yourself to an Anegada August—just be sure and check the weather!