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Built in the 1960‘s by Basil Sy­mon­ette—a pioneer Vir­gin Is­land yachts­man and ec­cen­tric son of the last colo­nial gov­er­nor of the Ba­hamas—Bit­ter End was once a shore­front pub with a few cot­tages that re­de­fined rus­tic: pa­per sheets and cold water. Vis­it­ing yachts­men were re­quired to sound a horn and, if Basil was feel­ing so­cia­ble, he would hail them with a mega­phone and al­low them ashore for a meal, which would end when he abruptly turned off the gen­er­a­tor.

To­day, Bit­ter End is a re­sort with lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions and a water sports pro­gram sec­ond to none in the world. Guests (in­clud­ing those us­ing the ma­rina) can en­joy rent­ing sail­boats, wind­surfers, and kite surfers to play in the winds of Gorda Sound. They also have kayaks and Bos­ton Whalers to ex­plore the islets in Eusta­cia Sound. The re­sort also has a swim­ming pool right on the water where vis­it­ing boats can pay a small fee per use. Kids and grand­chil­dren love this op­tion. The adults like the beach bar con­ve­niently lo­cated right at the pool.

The re­sort also fea­tures the newly re­built Wind­ward Mark, a thatched out­door bar where you meet crews from around the world, and the Club­house, built around the mast from Huey Long’s yacht On­dine, sells fish caught min­utes ago and prime rib to re­mem­ber. No mat­ter how much you love their key lime pie, try the brownie à la mode…pure cho­co­late deca­dence.

More in­for­ma­tion, visit: ad­ven­ture. You can get there be­fore the crowds and back to your boat in time to visit one an­other one of the best snor­kel­ing spots in the BVIs at The In­di­ans, a short dis­tance from The Bight.

Grab a red Na­tional Parks Trust moor­ing ball and you and your crew can en­joy snor­kel­ing around this unique rock for­ma­tion in water you never have to strain to see through.

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