Everyone's Travel Club continues with posts from the Virgin Islands! We took another kayaking trip, this time in the North Sound (where we had sailed earlier). We launched from the beach at the Leverick Bay Marina and then did a counterclockwise (in the picture above) paddle around to the Bitter End, Saba Rock, Prickly Pear, and then across the main channel and back. The paddle only took about 2 hours, even with our little pit stop on Prickly Pear due to a little storm cell moving through.
Finally! Something British here in the British Virgin Islands!
Gun Creek on our right. Water taxis leave here throughout the day for the Bitter End, Saba Rock, etc. These places are inaccessible by road.
Saba Rock - a little bar, resort, mini-beach on the smallest island ever!
Then, just moments after I took the Saba Rock picture in the blue, crystal-clear water, the winds picked up, the clouds blew over, storm! We took refuge under some mangrove trees on Prickly Pear Island and waited it out.
This gave me time to track the locals.
So this is why they call the island Prickly Pear, I see...
As the weather settled a bit we continued on past Vixen Point and what appeared to be the only settlement on the island, the Sand Box Bar & Grill, and then across the channel to Leverick Bay where we started.
It was a great and easy little paddle. We stayed close to the shore most of the way, had lots of room to avoid boat traffic (there wasn't much), had lots of places to pull over if the weather got bad, there's about 4 bars along the way if you got thirsty, there's hiking on Prickly Pear (we didn't do it), and you arrive back at Leverick Bay when you're done, which I might add, has a restaurant, bar, showers, laundry, grocery store, free parking...perfect trip.
~Paul, Ann ETC
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