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Storm and sargassum

Durham, North...
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Storm and sargassum

Read on a different board that a recent storm caused a good deal of erosion on some beaches and also that the seaweed was starting to pile up as it did a couple of years ago. We arrive within a week, staying at Guavaberry. Just wondering what to expect?

Boston
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32 reviews
1. Re: Storm and sargassum

Have never seen any in my last 8 years and I was recently on island in February. I visited the baths, spring bay, savannah, st Thomas beach, and mahoe. All good!

Someone mentioned the south sound area recently and from what I have been told, by a regular who has been going to virgin gorda for over 30 years, that the south sound area of the island has the sea grass. Maybe that is what you read as it was posted on the forum recently.

Virgin Gorda
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2. Re: Storm and sargassum

There was some run off from the rain event that happened about two weeks ago but the beaches repair themselves very quickly - the waves move the sand. We were there in April and there was little to no seaweed around Virgin Gorda.

Durham, North...
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3. Re: Storm and sargassum

Thank you both, not much we could do about it anyway!

Here is an excerpt of a post I read, dated May 10th: "We are on Virgin Gorda, and some parts of some beaches washed out, the roads are still covered in mud and sand, road crews are out with shovels and bulldozers clearing the roads. What a mess. Mt. Trunk Bay, near Nail Bay resort suffered an influx of dirt washed down from the hillside and the water was still muddy out to at least sixty feet five days later. The step down from the sidewalk to the beach at Mahoe is now about six feet, with large jagged rocks exposed after the sand washed out. " A tad alarming, glad it has resolved.

Red Bank, New Jersey
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4. Re: Storm and sargassum

We just returned on 5/20. We stayed at a villa in Mahoe and could not use the regular paths to the beach because of the storm. The were treacherous. We were showed to a path from one of the beachfront villas that enabled us to get on the beach. The visibility for snorkeling was not good at Mahoe or Mt. Trunk but still very enjoyable!!

Virgin Gorda
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5. Re: Storm and sargassum

South Sound does have some seaweed but it is a small amount and does not pose a problem.Handsome Bay, where the water plant is located, gets a large amount of seaweed. This year it also seemed to be a lot less than last year.

New York
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26 reviews
6. Re: Storm and sargassum

Hi Carolina Girl - we just returned 3 days ago - Spring Bay is perfect - snorkeling was great - weather perfect - go to Guavaberry's Facebook Page - last entry May 26th. It's real. On Ferry back to St. Thomas we had to stop in Tortola - they have some seaweed build-up. Virgin Gorda doesn't (not yet anyway). Have fun - Give Pearl, Roxy and Mokie hugs....:-) They love treats too ;)

Durham, North...
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7. Re: Storm and sargassum

We are here now and all is lovely....we can see some seaweed moving in on the south side but none at all on the beaches, although there is quite a bit by the water treatment plant as tpcook mentioned.

Toronto, Canada
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8. Re: Storm and sargassum

Good to hear - we'll be down at Adagio for two weeks in August - my favorite time of year.

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9. Re: Storm and sargassum

We just returned (6/21 ) and stayed at Villa Valmarc, just a few doors up from Adagio. The beach was fine as was Savannah Beach. the baths were fine as well. Enjoy your trip.

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10. Re: Storm and sargassum

We just returned on 6/1 after two weeks of sailing through out the BVI......now this is a bit different that being land bound, but we did not experience any problems at any of the islands that we visited.

There were some small upwellings, not sea weed, that we encoutered at sea, or sometimes around the docks , but they were not a big deal, and would float off to where ever .

No effect on us, beaches were clear, snorkeling was good, and no problems.

Have a super great visit .

Destinations

The Bight, Norman Island...... Cooper Island beach club, for beach swimming, and also Cistern Point for snorkeling. Virgin Gorda Sound, Leverick Bay.......Anegada, Setting point, and Loblolly Beach and snorkeling.......Marina Cay......Monkey Point , Guana Is. for snorkeling,.... Cane Garden Bay......and Sopers Hole, West end, Tortola........ just FYI as to the overall conditions and no problems for us through out the BVI. May 17 to May 31.

Having lived on kauai for nearly ten years, we are also quite famaliar with flash flooding and run off from storms, and large wave eroision of beaches.....but that gets all taken care of by cleaning crews, or king neptune replacing the beach sand.

We also learned to work with what mother nature gives us, and always have good times.

Edited: 24 June 2017, 22:58
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