Trip Reports: February 2011 - Caribbean

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There are a lot of nice boats that sail into Tortola. Some of them have helicopters. I'm pretty sure this boat could feed a small country, but to each his own I suppose.

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We chartered a boat to sail us to Jost Van Dyke to do some snorkeling and relaxing. 

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Love love love this water.

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This is a reconstructed tall ship that was anchored in the marina. I believe it is now used for movies.

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The crystal clear waters of White Bay on the Island of Jost Van Dyke as seen from the deck of a sailboat. The perfect Caribbean water and immaculate white sand lures thirsty sailors from all over. Just jump overboard, and swim to shore and you will find yourself at the world Famous Soggy Dollar Bar, which got its name for obvious reasons.

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Our trusty crew, with Captain Paul at the wheel. 

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The Steele Point Estate occupies the entire western peninsula of Tortola. You can rent it, but I think you need to be the kind of person who has a helicopter on their boat.

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Looking out toward the Island of St. Thomas, in the USVI. If you look closely you can see that its by far the most populated of all the Virgin Islands. I believe Captain Paul called it the Manhattan of the Caribbean. Taken from White Bay on Jost Van Dyke.

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Me doing a little snorkeling off of a little island that I forget the name of.

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Sopers Hole. Spent a lot of evenings here eating dinner.

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The only rainy day of the trip. Made for some beautiful views though.

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At the shores of Cappoons Bay sits Bomba's Shack. This little surf shack is definitely one of a kind. Its been built out of driftwood and anything else that has washed ashore that can be used as construction material. Bomba has quite a reputation on the island. His parties are notorious, especially during a full moon. This place is definitely not meant for the kids!

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A panoramic view of the front of Bomba's Shack. If you're there for a full moon party, be careful when you're offered the "tea"

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Bomba's Shack has to be the most colorful "building" on the island. So many funny things to take photos of.

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Like I said. Don't bring your kids.

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More of Bomba's Shack.

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They don't make them like this around here. But I wish they did.

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Hanging out with some of the locals.

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It was raining and I cant sit still for long. I'll chase pretty much anything around with my camera!

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Full moon over Tortola. Such a beautiful night. 

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Looking towards the west end of Tortola under the full moon. The Island of St. John is to the left. Over half of St. John is part of Virgin Islands National Park, which is why you see almost no lights.

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A beautiful day at Cane Garden Bay. 

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A wave rolls to shore at smugglers cove in the late afternoon light.

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It's always fun to watch pelicans fish. This one had just spotted a fish and was making an abrupt turn to go after it.

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The shadows of a palm tree on the beach at Cane Garden Bay.

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A brown booby was out fishing amongst the pelicans as well

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On my last night of the trip I walked around Soper's Hole for a bit photographing the buildings which are all painted quintessentially caribbean. 

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Last photo I took on my trip. I already miss this place!

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On a plane again, headed back to the snowy mountains. It was a great trip, and wonderful to be out of the snow for a while!