Ray and Jennifer were wonderful hosts and I would gladly stay with them aboard the Jalapeno again! Read on for more details, but I wouldn't hesitate to book a trip.
Before the trip, Ray was very responsive in answering our questions and helping plan the itinerary. He is an expert on the various hot spots around the islands and depending on your preferences (remote, snorkeling, diving, hiking, party spots, etc.), he can tailor the trip to suit your every need.
When we arrived, we received a warm welcome and a delicious boat drink (aka painkillers). My boyfriend and I shared a 5 day/4 night sailing adventure with another young couple and we were comfortably situated in the jalapeno's quarters. Our preferences were to limit sailing time and indulge in remote onshore/offshore activities. We hit fantastic snorkel spots and beautiful beaches and bays. Our trip consisted of visits to Waterlemon Cay, Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Spit, King Garden (Tortola), the Indians, the Caves, and Salt Pond. Based on our day's whim, there were two occasions where we modified our destinations within a mere couple of hours.
Ray and Jennifer definitely work as a team, and we enjoyed learning some nautical skills and helping out when we could. Both are killer cooks, with Jenn generally manning the kitchen downstairs and Ray handling the bbq grill. There were several recipes that we could not get enough of e.g. boat noodles and Caribbean chicken salad (for lunch) and jerk chicken and pork tenderloin (for dinner). We had two dinners ashore, but honestly preferred Ray and Jenn's cooking. The sleeping and living quarters are very clean and you can tell the care that the couple puts into the boat.
Ray and Jennifer are hospitable, kind, and full of interesting stories and history lessons. We inferred that they have many repeat guests, and I can understand why. Particularly memorable was the final night spent in Salt Pond when Jennifer took two of us out for a night snorkel with flashlights and we saw a sleeping nurse shark and swam with bioluminescent organisms (it felt like I was floating in the stars). Afterwards, Ray spent 45 min pointing out constellations in the star-filled sky. If you live in a big city, the brilliant night sky full of stars will take your breath away.
This is best way to visit the Virgin Islands, where it's your first (like us!) or millionth time. On behalf of all four of us who were guests on Jalapeno, we can't wait to come back!