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Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

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Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

Postby lprof » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:46 pm

Our first trip to Virgin Gorda evolved from the desire to see the east end of the Virgin Island chain, to visit the BIG boulders known as The Baths, and to explore a new place that could easily be combined with a week's stay on St John.

The journey began at 7:20 AM with American flights from our home town in North Central Florida to San Juan via Miami. A spectacular sunrise was visible as soon as we were in the air! Once in San Juan we had our carry-on bags weighed and fessed up our own poundage in order to check in with Seaborne Airlines for the trip to Virgin Gorda.
American and Seaborne are code share so our bags were ticketed for the final destination here in Florida.
Since there has been some discussion of FF miles and credit card points around these forums, i will add that the two of us flew round trip on 5 flights for points, erased fees, and $347.12 I also had some help from http://www.yapta.com
http://www.aa.com
http://www.seaborneairlines.com

Lunch was a GreasyBurger in Paradise at Air Margaritaville… by the time we got it, it wasn't bad at all! Nope.

Our flight to Spanish Town was on a Twin Otter aircraft which holds 19 peeps. I believe there were 11 of us plus two pilots. It was so much fun to fly low down Drake's Passage and pick out all the beaches on St John and the towns on St Thomas and Tortola. When we approached Virgin Gorda the pilot flew low and slow over The Baths; then we gently set down on the packed sand runway. Customs check-in went smoothly and quickly… from the get-go everyone was smiling and friendly.
As we exited the small international airport building, a man said "Are you getting a car from Mahogany Car Rental?". The dotted line was signed, the bags loaded, and off we went following this smiling gentleman over not a few potholes through light rain in our Suzuki Jimny.
http://mahogany.nfshost.com/

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When we reached Guavaberry Spring Bay he waved and went on his way. We pulled up at the office and were warmly greeted by the two resident pups, Pearl and Roxie, followed by the owner/manager, Tina.
http://www.guavaberryspringbay.com
https://www.facebook.com/guavaberryspringbay

Tina quickly showed us around the office which is home to the honor system commissary, and the TV and wi-fi room, and then we headed off to our one bedroom cottage, Guavaberry House.

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to be continued
Last edited by lprof on Thu May 21, 2015 8:45 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit

Postby Exit Zero » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:55 am

Looks to be a wonderful trip - keep it coming
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit

Postby Fisheye » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:49 am

Can't wait for next chapter! I have been thinking about trying guavaberry for 20 years!
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

Postby jmq » Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:59 pm

lprof wrote: We pulled up at the office and were warmly greeted by the two resident pups, Pearl and Roxie...


You mean like this?
https://picasaweb.google.com/1085842478 ... 5219422498

Enjoying these reports...thanks!
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

Postby jpier207 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:47 am

So excited to see your trip report. We're planning our first visit to Virgin Gorda. We 'got it' with STJ 9 years ago and have gone back every year but were thinking of adding Virgin Gorda to our plan this year. Thanks again for taking the time to share!
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

Postby lprof » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:45 am

jmq wrote:
lprof wrote: We pulled up at the office and were warmly greeted by the two resident pups, Pearl and Roxie...


You mean like this?
https://picasaweb.google.com/1085842478 ... 5219422498

Enjoying these reports...thanks!


I am sorry; the Pearl and Roxie pics are not showing up for me!
I did not get a photo at all... they were chasing lizards or resting under Tina's car most times... once they were headed to the beach as we were leaving.
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Re: Virgin Gorda... First Visit-Part One

Postby shoemak38 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:19 pm

like :D
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