Most North Sound lodgings are resorts that are fairly isolated, accessible by car or ferry only. They're great places for active couples or families who like to spend their days on the water.

Worth a Trip: Saba Rock & Bitter End

On a fleck of island just offshore in Virgin Gorda's North Sound, Saba Rock is a charismatic boutique hotel with seven rooms and a bar-restaurant (open 11am to 9pm) that is a very cool place for a drink. Lots of yachties drift in, especially during happy hour. Wander around and examine the shipwreck booty on-site, and take in views of Richard Branson's Necker Island (nearby to the north). Also keep an eye out for big fish lurking in the water by the tables. The hotel operates a ferry from Gun Creek to the island. The 10-minute jaunt is free, though the driver expects a tip; call 284-495-7711 to arrange pickup. Gun Creek is a US$30 taxi ride from Spanish Town.

Active types can head onward to Bitter End Yacht Club & Resort, a quick zip from Saba Rock via the free ferry. Bitter End offers the mother lode of water-sports gear and instruction. Sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding are all world-class here.

An alternate way to reach Bitter End is from Tortola. North Sound Express runs ferries from Trellis Bay/Beef Island five times daily. Call to make reservations; it's a 30-minute trip.