The Anchorage at Setting Point & Pomato Point
When seen from a plane, Its not difficult to understand why Anegada is known as the drowned island. In the picture below, you can see Setting Point ferry dock (center), Bender's Bay anchorage (left), with Flamingo Pond and several other interconnected salt ponds covering a vast portion of the island's inland area.
When dining, lobster and conch are what Anegada is all about. Sure you will find fish, beef, chicken, pork, goat and lamb as well, but this island boasts one of the best conch and lobster fishing grounds in the British Virgin Islands! I highly recommend you take advantage of these gourmet goodies!
Though hard to believe, I was told that during the days of slavery, it was made illegal to feed lobster to Caribbean slaves more than 6 times a week! Lobsters & conch were once so abundant that it was the cheapest and most easily located food source in the islands! I wish that were true today, I would be in heaven!
Anegada Reef Hotel, Bar & Restaurant is a British Virgin Islands landmark and well known by thousands of bareboat sailors. Lowell Wheatley, a local lobster fisherman and wonderful man with a charming nature, bought this abandoned property in 1976 and set about renovating the 20 room hotel which had fallen into a sorry state. After many years of struggling to make ends meet, Lowell and his first wife Vivian, turned this once dilapidated BVI hotel into a flourishing business concern.
Sadly, Lowell died as the result of a tragic explosion in July, 2002, while making a new BBQ for his restaurant. His BBQ lobster dinners were legend in the BVI and he took great pride in cooking them himself. Sue Wheatley, Lowell's second wife, continues to operate her restaurant & bar while his daughter Lorraine and son Lawrence Wheatley run the hotel. Sue has brought in several new innovations to their business such as a small provisioning store, gift shop and Internet access for visiting sailors!
There are several new places popping up on this 10 mile long Island as well. Potter's By The Sea is no longer new, but it is newer than most. You will want to hire a car or taxi to tour the island and visit all the beaches.
Vernon Soares and wife Julie, settled in Anegada in 1967 and began to build Neptune's Treasure Hotel and Restaurant. Today, the Soares' family (which includes Vernon's children Mark, Dean, Sheila & Linda as well as several grandchildren) are firmly entrenched in the island and are the largest fresh seafood suppliers in the British Virgin Islands.
There are places to stay other than at Setting or Pomato Point. For a really lovely and remote location ... try the Seaside Villas on Ruffling Point in West End.
A wonderfully picturesque place to dine out is at Lobster Trap Restaurant. This is a really lovely spot with great food and something a little different for visiting sailors to investigate!