After breakfast at Gladys Cafe, we checked out of the hotel and walked across the street to the ferry terminal. We took the 11:15 ferry to West End, Tortola, BVI. The ferry ride was great. We sat on the open-air deck on top of the boat. We really enjoyed the scenery, and feeling the wind in our faces. The ferry made a brief stop at Red Hook on the east end of St. Thomas before heading over to the BVIs.
Filling out customs forms
Looking back at Charlotte Amalie
West End, Tortola, BVI
After dealing with the hustle and bustle over on St. Thomas, arriving at West End on Tortola was like a breath of fresh air. Other than the ferry dock, the immigration building, a few small buildings housing the taxi services and restaurants, there was not much else there. We went though customs, then took a taxi to Trellis Bay on the east side of the island. There we met the Biras boat driver, and along with another couple going to Biras (David and Carol, from Philadelphia, who had just flown in), we jumped on board and enjoyed the scenery during the 35 minute ride to the resort. The only way to reach Biras Creek is via boat, as no roads go there.
Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda
Our cottage suite (14A) was right on the ocean, just 20 feet from the water. The suite was great. It had a living room and a bedroom, both with great views of the ocean, and a nice bathroom with an open air shower. It was very private, and we never heard, nor saw anyone the whole week while we were at the suite.
Every suite was stocked with this, and we made good use of it during the week. The area had over 20" of rain a few weeks before we arrived and the mosquito population was booming. Fortunately they weren't much of a problem most of the time.