JWG (jwg) wrote,

Our trip to Guana Island

It was three weeks ago and I only posted a sunset picture.

Guana Island is a fancy resort in the British Virgin Islands. It's a private island near the airport on Tortola. The island is 800 acres and there is just this one hotel with at most 30 guests. The main beach has this fine white sand with coral reefs for good snorkeling. You go up a hill to where the main house and other houses are - there is a 250 ft peak and an 800 one, too as well as about other beaches reachable by trails or boat. It is operated as a nature preserve as well; they reintroduced Caribbean Iguanas and there are a few hundred on the island. Down on the flat land behind the beach is a salt pond with 6 bermuda flamingos (too small for them to breed), a croquet field, two tennis courts, two donkeys (whose predecessors used to be transportation up the hill), and an elaborate garden with lots of edible fruits. In October they host scientists month for researchers to do various studies.

The food is good, the other guests are always congenial. You eat family style, there's a cocktail hour with a do-it-yourself bar, there's lots of socializing, and it feels like a house party. We tend to go there two out of three years in early March and see some of the same people each time. We think this was our 18th trip there. I characterize the place as one where there is nothing to do and not enough time to do it. There are lots of diving pelicans at the beach and I always find it mesmerizing to watch them. We've stayed in the same room the past several times and one of its features is a lovely porch for viewing the sunset - seen here: . Our timing this year was perfect since we left early on March 1 just as it was beginning to snow.

Tags: gardens, travel

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