We spent a week sailing the BVI and decided to visit Anegada. It's about an hour and easy to find from Virgin Gorda, you simply look to the sky and look for the clouds with the green bottoms and sail that direction. The water is so clear and the bottom so sandy that the refection from the shallows reflect up to the clouds and cause this effect. Pretty cool stuff.
Once we arrived, (At Anegada Reef Resort) we took an open air taxi to Loblolly (Big Bamboo). There's a restaurant, fresh water showers and a small gift shop and an incredible beach. We are beach people, raised in Florida and make it a point to visit highly rated beaches not only in Florida, but in all of our travels, and had never heard of this place. How sad. By far, it is the most impressive beach that we have ever seen. Clean clear water, breathtaking color, unique natural soft sand with tiny specks of red coral and the best snorkeling we have ever experienced.
We are avid snorkelers and take annual trips to the Florida Keys, but this blows that away. Patches of coral reefs begin only a few feet from shore, but if you venture out a bit the beauty becomes overwhelming. At several points we barely fit over the tops of the coral, but once beyond that you were completely encircled by a towering coral wall of about a 30 foot diameter. At this point it was about 35 feet to the bottom, but the sandy bottom in the center was crystal clear.......and the picturesque corals stretched from the top to the water all the way to the bottom.....with an impressive colorful array of tropical reef fishes intertwined throughout. There were seemingly unlimited areas like this. We have a 150 gal. coral reef tank at home, so identifying many of the species (and the cost of each at our local pet store, lol) was a delight. Tangs, wrasses, damsels, triggers, angels, butterfly, cleaner fish, etc.....they were all there seemingly enjoying life. It was surreal. And we have unsuccessfully tried to get sea fans to grow in our tank, and here they were, grown so large that they were above the surface, (at times actually out of the water) flipping back and forth in the waves like a bunch of weeds. Very humbling......
It was also interesting that it seemed as if we were the only ones on the beach at all. There may have been 2 other people somewhere, but the beach is so long that it's easy to harbor the feeling as if you are the only ones there.
It was difficult, but time was a consideration, so we headed back and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Lobster Trap, which is one of the informal restaurants along the beach front near Anegada Reef Resort, which is a bit of a landmark on the island. It was the ending to our best day in the BVI. (And we had several incredible days, but this was the best!) After dinner, we spent the night upon the sailboat and sailed for another destination at daybreak.
Many don't visit here because it is a bit out of the way, but this is why this website is so useful. If you enjoy beaches, snorkeling and seascape scenery, take this tip and add this to your bucket list. It's truly a hidden gem.
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