Greetings! I visited JVD about 20 years ago during a month long sailing trip in the USVI's and BVI's but I haven't overnighted. I had good friends who lived on Tortola for many years and I used to visit them often. Every time my boyfriend and I go to an island somewhere in the world, I compare it to Tortola so we are heading there in November so he can see why I love Tortola so much!
We are well traveled and prefer slow travel as opposed to "Tuesday, it must be Paris, Wed, it must be Rome" kind of travel. We both work in fairly stressful jobs so use our holiday time to unwind and decompress and what better place to do it than the BVI's! We are 48 and 51 years old, enjoy meeting locals as well as other travelers, enjoy drinking and dining but not too crazy of a party scene.
I have read the forum posts up to about page 9 so have a lot of questions answered. I have also read reviews of every accommodation.
Seems it would be worth it to time our arrival to go to Ivan's for Thursday night and Foxy's for Friday night for their big dinner nights, if the info on this forum is up to date. Does Ivan's still have BBQ on Thursday and Foxy's a buffet on Friday?
We would like accommodations to be under $160 but I don't really see any options for that with the exception of Ivan's cottages. I saw photos and it seems the windows don't have screens. Can someone confirm that? I am caviar to mosquitos and get eaten alive no matter where I go but screens would definitely help.
I have read that many places do not have locks on the doors to your room. I need to bring my ipad so I can get some work done, if needed, since I am an independent contractor. I am concerned of the risk of having it stolen in an unlocked room. Should I be?
One thing I am considering is maybe staying Wed and Thursday night at Ivan's and then moving into town for 2-3 nights. Has anyone else done that? Is the vibe better at Ivan's or in town by the harbor? It has been too many years for me to remember.
It seems I recall that November on the BVI's is not too crowded. Kind of shoulder season before it gets busy for Christmas, correct? We haven't booked our flights but we are getting close. I am just hoping that we will still be able to get our choice of accommodations by the time we book our flight.
My boyfriend can put away beers. Would it be worthwhile to save some money by bringing over a case of beer from Tortola? I generally drink rum and club soda while in the islands so will probably just buy a bottle of rum to keep in our room.
Oh, and for our accommodations, we would love to have a microwave and small refrigerator. Or use of a bbq.
I will probably have more questions but this is a start!
We will have about 15 nights total so I think we will spend 10 on Tortola and then 5 on JVD.