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Bitter End Yacht Club

Good day stop or stay several days and utilize the extensive facilities of one of the largest resorts in the BVIs.

Bitter End Bay

Looking north from the pool at The Bitter End Yacht Club.

Needless to say, the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) is not a yacht club at all but is the largest vacation resort in North Sound. It has a “Pirates of the Caribbean” feel, replete with wrought iron filigree corbels and hand rails. It is a full-service hotel and resort at the east end of the sound. There is a ferry that brings guests directly from the airport dock at Trellis Bay, Beef Island. A channel has been marked to keep anchored yachts from blocking passage to the ferry dock. There are 70 mooring buoys situated on each side of the ferry channel, which can be paid for when a marina representative stops by your boat, or at the front desk of BEYC. Credit cards are only accepted for moorage when paid on shore. The dinghy dock is located just in front of the main hotel reception building.

A Great Mid-Point Break

My family looks forward to the BEYC as their mid-point break on a charter in the BVI. While being on a boat is typically the best vacation for the captain, and nearly all of the crew, the idea of lounging on white sand beaches, a pool with tropical island drinks delivered to your chaise lounge and every water-sport toy one can imagine, can be enticing for some. The sailors in the crew don’t have to feel land bound at BEYC, as a few hours in a rented Laser or Hobie Wave Rider flying across Gorda Sound will keep the blood running. Toss in the option for shopping, good restaurants and a store for provisions, and you can see how your entire crew will be happy with a stop at BEYC.

Pool at The Bitter End

Check the schedule at the resort for special activities. Dinner alone, without the kids, is possible during the kids’ movie nights in the outdoor theater, just steps from the restaurant. The lure of BEYC attracts a range of Caribbean yachts, from 150-foot mega-yachts to graceful, classic sailing yachts of yesterday, to worldwide cruisers anchored in Gorda Sound with their rails festooned with spare jerry cans for water. On one arrival, we were disappointed to find a mini-cruise ship moored in the sound near Vixen Point. It just seemed out of place in our version of paradise. One small compensation was the unexpected evening fireworks display high over Gorda Sound, presented by the ship for its guests and enjoyed by all in Gorda Sound.

The resort has all the amenities of a world-class resort and welcomes visiting boaters. BEYC is a day stop for provisioning, or an overnight break from the rigors of sailing the Virgin Islands. Some arrive by boat and stay for days at a time enjoying the beaches and the pool. The pool is available for visiting guests for a nominal fee. Or, choose from a full array of water sport activities. Scuba diving, snorkeling tours with Kilbride’s Sunchaser Scuba and kiteboarding rentals are available. The sailing center offers over 50 sailboats and skiffs of different classes.

The Emporium carries warm-from-the-oven bakery breads and pastries, frozen and fresh foods, as well as beer and wine. There is a small chandlery for marine supplies. For the shopper, there are several clothing and gift shops to browse. There is a range of scheduled excursions to The Baths and other nearby island attractions and hikes around the island.

There are several choices for dining, with Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille for fine dining, or the more casual English Carvery.


Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grille

Bitter Ends' landmark restaurant features generous buffets and table service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as cocktail service on the terrace all day and evening. The hundreds of burgees that hang from the rafters have been left by visiting yachtsmen over the last 25 years. Breakfast features homemade pastries and breads as well as eggs, pancakes, french toast and Belgian waffles. Lunch features a large selection of salads and cold cuts as well as fish sandwiches, hamburgers, lobster cakes and more. Dinner features homemade soups, a large selection of salads, pasta, freshly caught fish and lobster, as well poultry and steaks. A generous selection of homemade desserts is always offered. The Clubhouse is near the Main Lobby and the Fish Pen.
Ch. 16 Clubhouse


Sunchaser Scuba


The Emporium


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