Cruisers who are not limited to a one- or two-week vacation could spend an entire season in quiet anchorages in the Virgin Islands, joining the crowds only when they felt the need for company. Ariel’s owner, Geoff, and I, cruising around St. John before and after our Christmas cruise, noted very few boats in Round Bay, Great and Little Lameshur bays, Reef Bay, or Francis Bay. We saw no boats in Haulover or Newfound bays on the north coast. Add to that list the numerous underused harbors we didn’t sail past. In Anegada, for example, even when the main anchorage is packed, you’ll seldom see a boat anchored in the cove west of Pomato Point. In normal conditions, and as long as no groundswell is present, you can anchor off the mile-long open beach. Because of the tidal current, I recommend anchoring bow and stern or on a Bahamian moor, especially at spring tides.