Retired Australian couple Deb and Peter Cronk are on a personal mission to ‘spread the word’ that the British Virgin Islands is still beautiful and vacationers are welcome.
The Cronks were initially sceptical about visiting the territory after the widespread devastation from the hurricanes last September, but the couple decided to throw caution to the wind.
They arrived on January 6 and soon realised there was little to be cautious about. The couple has now decided to stay until May.
They set sail from their homeland in 2015 and made stops in two other Caribbean nations before arriving in the hurricane-hit BVI.
Now almost two months since their arrival, the first-time visitors said they are enjoying the islands and want others to do the same.
In an exclusive interview with BVI News yesterday, Deb said they have been spreading the word and sparking the interest of family and friends through photos, videos, and word of mouth.
“We have been telling our friends to come up, don’t stay away. It’s still so lovely, still so many beautiful things to do, there are still places to eat and drink.”
“We were not sure [about coming to the BVI] … We heard people saying ‘still come because we need the business’. So, we decided to come even if we weren’t sure, and we have been very glad we did,” she said.
“It’s been very sad to see the damage but we are happy it is not as crowded as it would be and we found plenty of places that are really trying to be open and we are very happy to give them our business,” she added.
Her husband Peter is a retired electrical engineer while she was in real estate.
They own a Lagoon 420 catamaran called Chat Eau Bleu, which is currently moored at Tortola Marine Management marina.
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