A Grown-up’s Playground: Bitter End Yacht Club

Go ahead, don’t be shy. Bound down onto the beach. Grab a kiteboard, and fly. Or hop on a Hobie cat and set sail. Or slice your way via kayak through the blindingly turquoise, lake-calm waters of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. Or…or…or…the possibilities for fun are endless at the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC), which has more than 100 vessels for guests to enjoy.

Never so much as paddled a canoe? Well don’t worry, because staff is on hand to help, and there are watersports lessons galore, including BEYC’s own sailing school, accredited by the U.S. Sailing Association, where you can earn certifications. From its magical North Sound location to its fun-loving staff and overall playful atmosphere, Bitter End Yacht Club truly is like the world’s most beautiful summer camp.

When playing in the water under the sizzling Caribbean sun has you worn out and you’re feeling for some more adult-oriented fun, Bitter End delivers with its spa, rated 13th in the Caribbean by Conde Naste Traveler. Steal away to the Spa at Bitter End for some rest and relaxation with locally found herbs, or opt for an in-room treatment for a more private experience.

Ready to unwind just a little more? Stop by one of Bitter End’s restaurants and ask for a 16 Sounder – that’s 16 ounces of purely delicious cocktail, and our favorite is the Sunrise, a wonderfully fruity concoction that’s the perfect end to a day of fun in the sun.

And we’ve only just scratched the surface, because the Bitter End welcomes sea-based travelers as well. It’s a popular mooring spot for visitors who charter boats out of Tortola thanks to its deep mooring field, newly renovated docking facility, and the best hot shower you’ve had in days.

For land- and sea-based guests alike, there’s a sumptuous Friday night seafood buffet under the stars, and don’t miss the ever-popular Monday night mashup, a party with a live DJ that attracts people from all over the island – even guests and employees from other resorts.

  • If a Robinson Crusoe-type experience is what you seek, ask to stay in one of the beachfront rooms. 
  • Traveling with family? The North Sound rooms are bigger and will easily accommodate you.

Photos courtesy Bitter End Yacht Club

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