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Saba Rock – an island oasis

For exotic rum cocktails at a tiny island bar in the BVIs, you’ve got to check out the super laid back vibe at Saba Rock.  You may never leave…

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The North Sound waters of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands are as tranquil a setting as they come.  These picturesque waters are popular with cruisers for the abundance of protected bays yet easy access to the open Atlantic.  Large sailboats and yachts dot the landscape and perpetual onboard parties are in full swing from early in the morning until the wee hours.

This is a sparsely developed area of Virgin Gorda and it’s wonderfully chilled out.  With the exception of a marina, a yacht club a few houses and condos, North Sound is just beautiful turquoise water and lush green hills…..the perfect place to escape for a day, a week or maybe even a lifetime.

One of the few businesses in the area is Saba Rock, a tiny island of less than an acre in size that is equal parts resort, restaurant and bar.  It is only accessible by ferry, private boat, dingy or swim.  Needless to say, our crew deemed this an ideal spot to spend a boozy afternoon in the sun.  

The bar at Saba Rock is built out over the water with a commanding bay view and the sounds of the ocean envelop every square inch of the place with a dreamy natural soundtrack.  Clusters of lounge furniture sit at the waters edge and make a great setting to relax with friends and a cold drink.  The giant dark wooden bar looks like a relic more commonly seen in an old pub in Boston, but it fits in perfectly here, a place that is anything but ordinary.

The cocktail menu at Saba is made up of all the powerful Caribbean drinks that are so popular in this part of the world; Dark & Stormies, Painkillers, Rum Punches and Coco Locos.  My opinion may have been swayed by the beautiful weather and flawless view, but the drinks were all the perfect smile-inducing combination of tropical essence and rummy goodness.  

The rum selection at this remote little bar is surprisingly wide.  Mount Gay XO and Zacapa 23 were being poured regularly as was everything in the Cruzan line.  They also had a stockpile of premiums from Don Q, Bacardi, 10 Cane, Appleton, Abuelo, Goslings and Pyrat.  While you’re there, don’t miss your chance to pick up a bottle from their signature line of Saba Rock gold rums.  They are great for mixing cocktails and sipping on the rocks.

After lunch and cocktails the folks at Saba Rock suggest that you chill out for a while and go for a swim, use the free wifi and maybe even take a nap in one of the many hammocks.  We still have a lot of the BVIs to explore but our next adventure will have to wait.  One last Dark & Stormy at a breezy spot in the shade of a particular coconut tree is calling my name.  Cheers!

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Selected photos courtesy of Ireland4517 and Imingall via Flickr.