Family fun has always been at the core of Bitter End. Each of their activities and excursions was inspired by an adventure originally planned by Myron and Bernice Hokin for their young grandchildren when Bitter End was the Hokin family retreat.
While Mum and Dad enjoy the Introduction to Sailing Course, or head off for a morning swim or snorkel, their children can take part in a variety of water sports activities designed exclusively for Bitter End kids. Serious fun is guaranteed and you may discover a young Russell Coutts, JJ Isler or Jacques Costeau in your family!
Junior Summer Sailing (for youngsters seven and up.)
A fun way to learn basic boat handling, terminology, rigging, sail trim, and make new friends. Instruction on Optimist sailing dinghies, Sunfish, Laser Picos, Hobies in three hours of on-the-water training.
Prerequisite: swim test.
Junior Watersports Program and Kids Camp
Kids learn to snorkel, windsurf and sail in well-supervised and lively sessions.
Private lessons are available to gain specialised skills.
Here is a typical week in the life of a Bitter End Junior!
Kids join our Kids Camp Director, on a Hobie to sail the North Sound. They will help rig the boat, operate the jib, and perhaps even captain. During the sail, campers play games and tell stories for a bit of learning and a lot of fun!
Children love to hike Bitter End’s trails. Led by an instructor, we hike all the way up Guy’s Trail for some awesome views. For younger hikers, we stay on the Mangrove trail and include a bit of lizard counting along the way. All hikes typically end with a cool-off dip in the pool.
Kids Sail and Volleyball at Prickly Pear
Children join their sailing instructor on a Hobie and sail to Prickly Pear, a nearby island, for swimming and a volleyball game.
One. Two. Three. Go!! Kids race around the resort to answer twenty questions and find the ten items on our list. How much oxygen do you need to breathe underwater? When your kids run to the dive shop to answer questions like this, they’ll be sure to let you know!
Kids Sail and Beach Games
We top off an exciting sail to Sandbox with a game of soccer, SPUD, monkey-in-the-middle and as many others as time will allow!
Arts and Crafts: Children love to make something that is a reminder of their Bitter End vacation. We help them to paint seashells, string colorful island bracelets, or colour a picture of their favourite thing to do at Bitter End.
See the world under the sea! Bring fins, snorkel gear, and a willingness to be wowed, because the reefs are fantastic! Kids must be avid swimmers. An instructor will be in the water to lend a helping hand.
The Great BEYC Sandcastle Competition: Join a team and compete for the ultimate bragging right: being the best “sandcastler” of the week! Kids supply the creativity and we offer all the sand toys they can imagine.
Sail, snorkel, beach games…the choices are endless and the fun is guaranteed.
Competition heats up as teams of Bitter End kids compete in relay races, scavenger hunts, sandcastle competitions, and trivia contests.
All BEYC kids are invited to join our Kids Camp Director for pizza and cupcakes to celebrate the end of an awesome week. New friends gather and play indoor games in the sailing school before enjoying a movie.
As newly minted junior sailors, Bitter End kids show off their skills and take their instructor for a sail around the North Sound.
(subject to change, to accommodate the kids’ interests!)
Bitter End is a great all round resort hotel for families, couples, singles and groups of friends and they offer an amazing deal for families with more than 50% discount off the childrens’ connecting room from mid April – mid August and mid October to mid December. It is excellent value for money with so much included.
There really is something for everyone at Bitter End Yacht Club and I promise you will be talking about your memorable holiday for years to come!
Call BVI Holidays to book your stay at Bitter End on beautiful Virgin Gorda.