British Virgin Islands: June 2005

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For our honeymoon, it was back to the Virgin Islands. This time, the British Virgin Islands of Virgin Gorda and Cooper Island.

We''d start our trip off by flying into St. Thomas, where we''d spend the night before ferrying over to Virgin Gorda. We stayed at the (now closed) Blackbeard''s Castle. Sunday''s aren''t the most happening day in St. Thomas, so we got a bite to eat at the Greenhouse and retired early.

We took the ferry over to Virgin Gorda and checked into our villa at Guavaberry Spring Bay. Guavaberry was very cool - it was highly ranked on TripAdvisor for good reason. The location was convenient, and we found the on-site "grocery store" a life saver. The store used the honor system, so you just kept a log of what you took and settled up at check-out.

We spent most of our time in Virgin Gorda exploring the island, snorkeling, eating, and drinking. The highlight of the island was of course the Baths, where giant boulders line the beaches forming tidal pools, tunnels, and caves. Absolutely amazing! While you''re there, be sure to check out Mad Dog''s for sandwiches and the island''s best Pina Coladas.

On our final night in Virgin Gorda, we drove over to Leverick Bay on the other side of the island for a barbeque feast. The food and entertainment were top notch and the night was a nice finale to a great week on Virgin Gorda. In the morning, it was off to Cooper Island.

Cooper Island is one of the smaller islands in the BVI. At 1.5 miles long and .5 miles wide, it''s quite small. There are no roads, no casinos, no nightclubs, no cars...there''s not much at all there, other than the Cooper Island Beach Club. We rented a villa there for the final 2 nights of our honeymoon and fell in love with the place. Arriving from a quick ferry from neighboring Tortola, we were greeted off the ferry with a rum drink as they whisked our bags up to our room. The next 2 days we spent just relaxing, taking in the views of the anchored sailboats.

Another great vacation had come to an end. Virgin Gorda and Cooper Island are both amazing places - hopefully we''ll get back sooner rather than later.

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