In the summer doldrums?  Need to add some holiday spirit to your life?  Then join a flotilla of Puerto Rican boaters, along with dozens of other fun-loving party-goers for Christmas in July in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound in the British Virgin Islands.

Held this year on 23rd July, Christmas in July attracted hundreds of boats from Puerto Rico for a sun and rum soaked week of music, dancing and great food on Pond Bay, Virgin Gorda. Puerto Rico is a power boater haven and 500 vessels, large and small, will converge for events that cater to all ages – from young singles, to grandparents and kids. Marketing entrepreneur and event planner Marcos Rivera along with friend Wally Castro have been organising the event that attracts upwards of 2,000 people since 2007. “It’s a great event,” says Marcos, who advertises Christmas in July throughout Puerto Rico.  “People from Puerto Rico love Virgin Gorda and a good party,” he adds.

To complement the festivities, the popular yachting resort, The Bitter End Yacht Club, held its 17th Sea and Salsa Celebration, bringing world-class cuisine, water sports activities and entertainment to the event from July 21-24. There was also a lobster fest,  scavenger hunt and a cooking demonstration among other activities.

At the helm was guest celebrity chef, Mario Pagan, one of Puerto Rico’s most acclaimed culinarians. Pagan is the Executive Chef at Dorado Beach, the owner of three of San Juan’s top restaurants and the author of two books on cooking and food. Chef Pagan, who specialises in playful and dynamic flavours, featured an elegant multi-course menu in the Bitter End’s Clubhouse restaurant, along with a lively Chinchorreando menu at the resort’s Crawl Pub.

A great time was had by all and if you would like to experience Christmas in July 2018 in the beautiful BVI, call BVI Holidays to book today!

Merry Christmas everyone!