The Bitter End Yacht Club is a sweet way to begin a lifetime together
Editor’s Note: Many people go to a place like this a wish they could quit their jobs and move there; I actually did. I spent two years living (and was married) in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. The BEYC was an integral part of my life there, and I wanted to share this place with our readers because it is one of my favorite spots on our planet.
The Bitter End Yacht Club. Don’t be deceived by the name. The wonderful story behind the name of this extraordinary place is possibly an old sailor’s tale, but it’s a good one. It’s also a lot to do with why it is expensive and why it is difficult to get to, but oh so worth the trouble. This resort is found at the very tip end of the wonderful chain of islands that comprise the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s the last stop in the northern Caribbean before a long journey down the rest of the island chain to South America–the “bitter end.” You can hike to the actual end and see both the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans meet. It’s incredible.
This yacht club is a sailor’s mecca, for sure, but even if you’re not a sailor you will still find plenty to do here. (Unless it’s golf. This is not a golfer’s destination.) For Tulsans who have grown up with Grand Lake, the water sports and laid-back lifestyle will be familiar, but the luxury and glistening turquoise water let you know you’re not in Oklahoma anymore.
Honeymooning at the BEYC is choosing a bit of adventure. It’s for couples who want something different, a place that will allow you to enjoy each other’s company in a tropical location and try some new things together, or enjoy some intimate places without long stretches of flat beach with masses of other people. The Chicago-based Hokum family has owned and curated this special place for 40 years, working to create a personal paradise for their guests. You’ll pay a premium for your stay, but the small, luxurious white sand beaches and amazing array of opportunities to make memories together will make the Bitter End your sweetest beginning.