A must stop on any tour of the Bitter End is the Reception
building and its artifacts.
Outside in front on the dinghy
dock is a shark cage.
Toward Saba Rock is the
Reeftique boutique and then the
Clubhouse Restaurant--a famous dining location in the islands.
On the other side is the
beautiful Almond Walk--the best spot for a sunset drink!
Further on is the North Beach,
sometimes called the yellow beach for the color of the cabanas. Still
further is an exercise course.
On the other side of the
Reception building are those all important showers with tropical Bitter
Missing a bit of TV? The
Sand Palace has the answer!
And here also is the famous
Bitter End water sports
program and equipment, especially dinghies with outboard motors.
A special treat is an afternoon
drink at the Almond Walk, watching the live entertainment
at its adjoining water sports beach provided by windsurfers and others!
There's a lot more to the Bitter End, so continue
on to More Touring below.
|Synonymous with the North
Sound, the legendary
Yacht Club (see
info and rates) is one of the world's premier sailing destinations, a great
honeymoon spot and a place for active families and adventurers. And
there is enough room to stretch out in, even for those seeking solitude
Last Outpost of the British Empire
landmark, now the Bitter End's Reception building, is worth
a tour of its own for the interesting artifacts it contains, such as
the Honduran statues collected on the world travels
founders Myron Hokin and his wife Bernice (the famous Captain
are the elegant Clubhouse and Carvery restaurants with champagne
breakfasts, an English pub and a poolside bar, steel band and other
entertainment, the Bitter End Emporium bakery/deli, Captain B's Trading
Post gift shop, a complete sailing stop
with all the yachtsman's needs including a Chandery, the
Reeftique boutique, Nick Trotter Sailing School, diving with
Sunchaser Scuba (email
495-9218--was Kilbride's), Anegada excursions, sailing, etc. You
want it, they have it.
|With the dark wood of British clubhouse decor
swept by tradewind breezes, the Clubhouse (494-2746 VHF 16), open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner, features its famous nightly dinners
with buffet style salad, pasta and appetizer bars and the main
entree ordered individually from a menu of 14 entrees, such as:
Lobster Bahamian (fresh seasoning put on top and
broiled in the shell), Yellowtail Snapper Stuffed with
Crab or Lobster in breadcrumbs, Smoked
Parrotfish and Blue Marlin (in own smoker using
wood), Shrimp Coconut
or Grilled Triggerfish, and
Conch "Souse" Salad with cucumber, celery and red and
yellow peppers (the conch is cooked
seviche overnight in lime juice).
includes homemade pastries, eggs and Belgian waffles.
Lunch has salads, burgers, fish
sandwiches and more.
|Angus Bowen, head chef at
the Bitter End, who manages the gold medal winning
BVI culinary team, presents food unlike any in the BVI. The emphasis
is on cuisine from different islands, especially Jamaica, Trinidad,
Barbados and Antigua.
are added as well. For instance, fungi is the BVI version of Italian
polenta. In Italy, water is used; while here, coconut milk is added
to the water.
Winston, the baker produces the
Bitter End's much-revered
breads, pastries and deserts such as coconut creme pie, (using milk
instead of water in his unique recipes). Winston's freshly baked
goods are available at the Emporium.
|Adjoining the Clubhouse, right on
the water, is its open air terrace, where drinks
are served all day and in the evening, with the famous
almond walk, where the almond-lined walk leads to a large
central gazebo. This great location showcases live
entertainment by the Bitter End's own Reflections,
a steel drum band, and other bands for dancing under the stars, the
manager's cocktail party for guests, and even weddings!
Spread out along the base of
virtually its own tropical island (actually it is part of Virgin
Gorda-- see Biras Creek on the right
edge, with Deep Bay in the
left background and Oilnut Bay at the far
end), the Bitter End fronts both North and Eustatia Sounds.
Water Sports Program. Guests at the Bitter End
enjoy unlimited, free use of a large fleet of boats
(that non-guests may rent), including J-24s, Rhodes 19s, Lasers,
Vanguard 15s, Hobie Waves, 405s, Optimists, Sunfish, Ocean Kayaks, Alden
sculls, outboard powered Boston Whalers plus a complete range of Mistral
windsurfers and rigs. Freedom 30 yachts and 22-foot
outboard runabouts are available for charter.
End Sailing School. Offering guests a complimentary
Introduction to Sailing course, the world famous
Bitter End Sailing School has a wide range of additional courses.
In a decorative West Indian style building next to
the Clubhouse, the Reeftique (x320) offers hats and t-shirts with
the Bitter End logo, toe rings, colorful beach
bags, island print wraps, boat tumblers with the
Bitter End logo, fashion jewelry, necklaces and earrings with sea
themes and kid's clothing.
End of Tour
Tour of Shops
Sailors needing just about anything can take a mooring or slip,
or even anchor, and find it here.
Those coming from, or going to,
Biras Creek will have views of rock ledges where the walk is cut out of
a prominent hillside ridge.
Be sure to stop at the Emporium
for some of the Bitter End's famous baked goods. Well, the
English Pub is in the same building, so a refreshment is not out of
the question, eh lad!
Marina. The set of docks in the middle with the
small handsome building at its head (not to be confused with the
landmark Reception building with the main dinghy dock in front) is the
Quarterdeck Marina where moorings are paid for. The marina has 18 slips
as well as moorings, sleepovers ($200 for a couple with no meals),
showers, garbage pickup, water and ice.
Bitter End Emporium.
Housed in the same building as the Pub, the Emporium has fresh
baked goods, deli items, such as rotis and barbecue chicken,
and groceries, including dairy products, canned goods, package store and
other drinks, frozen meats, and fresh tropical produce.
English Pub. With a classic pub bar
as well as an open air lounge terrace overlooking the water, the
English Pub offers English beers such as Newcastle Brown ale
and John Courage on draft, and stays open as long as anyone
is conscious. The Pub menu includes Bruchetta, shepard's
pie and steak and kidney pie cooked with Irish stout.
Captain B's Trading
Post. A mini drug store, Captain B's has film, sundries, sting,
itch and burn relief, shells, gifts, books, prints, maps and postcards.
Its open air benches right "in the sand," the Sand Palace has a big
screen television showing free nightly video movies and sports events.
Climbing up a bit, when
coming from Biras Creek, you will pass the exotic architecture of the
Commodore Suites, grouped along a prominent ridge.
Just past here on the water is
the Poolside Bar, just the spot for a a
is a sure sign that we are in the British colonies--well worth a quick
see! And then it's back to the dinghy dock for more touring.
With its own pool ($5 pool only) and dinghy dock, the Poolside Bar
(x339) serves cocktails and lunch, such as lobster and Chef's salad
and chicken salad and club sandwiches. The nearby South
Beach has a swim platform in a roped off area with dual
chair cabanas and umbrella and pavilion shade. On the other side, is
a special secluded spot right on the water.
An elegant building with Old English Colonial decor, this seasonal and
special event restaurant is up on the second story, its covered open air
terrace overlooking the water. It has its own dinghy dock with a gazebo
at the end. Nearby is the Conference Center.
A distinctive place. Far more
than a resort and sailing destination, the Bitter End is a place with
its own distinctive culture, a fun and casual place
with excellent accommodations (see
North Sound Resorts for lodging information) and many activities to
chose from, including a
variety of recreational excursions.
This exotic island location
also offers relaxing days and peaceful walks.
This insightful review is by Lynn McKamey, the
ScubaMom. Also, our
B-V-I Sailing Guide is featuring the Bitter End.