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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
My main impression is that the book has as many ads as a magazine. I picked ten pages at random and six of them had ads. It does seem to be a reasonably good cruising guide, and many of the ads are topical, but some information is sparse, e.g., lengths of suggested walks or hikes ashore is missing. But the book does include much information.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
I recently did a sailing course in the BVI and this book came as part of the package. It was an invaluable asset to sailing in the Virgin Islands and I highly recommend it before going there. Details on restaurants, places to anchor for the day and overnight anchorages. This is a great reference book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2011
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
It's a good cruising guide, really the only one out there and sufficient to plan a trip to the BVIs. Note that this one isn't the current version - the 2011-2013 version just came out (a week after I bought this one) and it's the same price. Check out TravelTalkOnline for a seller who will ship the current version.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2005
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
I purchased this book prior to a sailing trip through the British Virgin Islands. My family has bareboat chartered in other locations before, but was our first trip to the BVI. This guide was outstanding - gave thorough information about anchoring, mooring and also activities and amenities to enjoy on the various islands. I would highly recommend purchasing this book prior to boating in the Virgin Islands. There is so much to do - we plan to go back next year - we couldn't get to all of the great places this year on a 9 day trip.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2001
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
If you only had one publication to take on a trip to the Virgin Islands this would be it. The updates are good which means their research is working and I am really pleased to see the return to a spiral binding. This works so well when you want it to stay opened to a particular page.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2000
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I wouldn't sail the Virgin Islands without the latest copy of this guide. It is one of the better cruising guides to the busiest charter area in the world. I did like it better with the spiral binding in the earlier editions. Much easier to turn to a section and leave it open.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Spiral-bound
This is the fourth time I buy "Cruising Guide to the BVI", the first one was back in 1995. It continues to be the basic guide to sail in the area and the work Nancy and Simon Scott are doing to its constant updating and upgrading makes this guide an essential tool for anyone who loves to spend some time afloat in that sailing paradise. Congratulations to the authors. I'll hope to be there to buy the next edition!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2009
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
" Cruising Guide to the Vergin Islands" is a wonderful wish book if you are getting ready to go to the Islands for a charter vacation. It is loaded with information on routes, anchorages, what to do ashore, what to eat at the many out of the way places located on the coves and harbors scattered around the Vergin Islands. It's divided between the Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands to keep things simple. It even gives some insight on how real estate can be had if you want to Live the dream..Even a chart so you can plot your routes around the Islands. Good reading even if you never make the trip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2009
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
This is the third cruising guide that I have purchased for the VI over the years, this one lives up to my high expectations for content and relevance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2010
Format: Spiral-boundVerified Purchase
This book certainly covers the basics and is handy to be sure. The spiral binding and compact size make it easy to mark up and dog ear on those cold winter nights when you are planning your trip, and throw it in the suitcase when you finally get to go. One downside is that there are a lot of ads for a book that is not all that inexpensive. I guess I am used to ads subsidizing magazines, but for some reason it irks me just a teensy bit in a book. You may also want to check out the Russell and Benzel "Exploring the Virgin Islands". This is nice as it can be helpful to read a slightly different perspective - though it has the same pros and cons as the Scott book.
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