I have known Julian Putley for over a decade and greatly admire his strong sense of camaraderie and humor. The second edition of his The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI is even better than the first. As a charter captain for more years than he would like to admit, Julian knows, firsthand, every watering hole, not only within the BVI but most probably within the entire Caribbean. This newest edition reflects his vast knowledge, plus it is chocker-block full of funny short stories, limericks, cartoons, drink recipes, sketches, poetry, jokes and descriptions of the BVI’s best bars. There are also some very valuable coupons, good for FREE drinks and meals included. With its humorous anecdotes, the book is a really fun read.
What I recommend to cruisers is that you purchase the book locally when you first arrive for your chartering vacation and take it with you everywhere you go. If you do this, you will pay for the book many times over, before you leave, using the coupons in the back. It can be purchased locally for $16 and under. The Guide is also the perfect gift for all BVI Bar lovers out there and can be purchased at www.theislandplace.com as well as Amazon & Barnes & Noble. Send it wrapped, with a note and a toast to our watering holes!
Julian is also the author of Sunfun Calypso (One Book 1), which I had the pleasure of reviewing for All At Sea when it came out in 1999. Hey, the guy is a funny Caribbean writer who, if you have lived here long enough, tells it like it is. So if you really want a good read purchase both books and enjoy your holiday – but be careful with the recipes though – remember that moderation is the key!!!