Tuesday, October 3

Saba Rock: A Little Gem in the BVI

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It’s small, and a bit off the beaten path, but Saba Rock Resort is emerging as one of the most popular cruising and chartering destinations in the British Virgin Islands.

Saba Rock is on North Sound, just above the more well-known Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda, so that getting there is half the fun. But once you’re there, you can tie up or pick up a mooring ball and go ashore for a great lunch or dinner. If you spend the night, you’ll enjoy one of the best places to watch a sunset in the entire BVI.

Saba Rock Resort is on a private island, and it has just nine guest rooms. But they all have waterfront views, and the Saba Rock website says they feature “an eclectic design with a fresh take on the resort’s nautical lifestyle.”

The marina has seven slips and 18 mooring balls for up boats up to 80 feet. You can tie up side-to, so there’s plenty of room for the increasingly power catamarans that you can charter from The Moorings or MarineMax Vacations.

Then you can enjoy lunch in the resort’s open-air restaurant (check out the conch salad and the char-grilled lobster) or have a drink in one of the two bars. You also can have a glass of champagne on the white sand beach. Make sure you save time for the tarpon feeding at 5 every evening, an activity that coincides with the start of Happy Hour.

North Sound is known as one of the best kiteboarding and windsurfing destinations in the world. Saba Rock Resort will help you here; it also has a dive shop and snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking activities. If you want to stay on shore, book time in the spa or sign up for yoga.

Saba Rock’s history dates to the 1960s when “Bert” Kilbride founded a diving base and the Pirates’ Pub there. Now, rooms range from $550 in October to $750 in December. A mooring ball is $30.

Read more: http://sabarock.com

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