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What to do in 24 hours

by Emmjai

We're off to BVI next week, for a yacht charter, but have 24 hours in tortola first. Any suggestions as to what we shouldn't miss?


RE: What to do in 24 hours

by catalysta

Beef Island/Trellis Bay (near the airport) has a surprisingly fun little harbor & village, with the locally famous Aragorn's Studio. The Last Resort Restaurant & Cabaret has a shuttle leaving regularly from the dock, and it's a great place to spend your evening hobnobbing with other yachties who've probably got all kinds of useful tips to share. Here's a link to my VT info about Beef Island:

You may already be planning to sail into Soper's Hole/West End, but that's the cool part of Tortola (Roadtown hasn't got the charm). In general, Tortola's a fairly large island and the traffic is crazy, so I'm not sure how much driving you'll want to do. Cane Garden Bay is justifiably famous, but if you're there when the cruise ships are in, you may as well skip it. They anchor off shore & shuttle hoards of trashy tourists on to the beach all day.

RE: RE: What to do in 24 hours

by Emmjai

Thanks that is really useful


RE: RE: What to do in 24 hours

by catalysta

My pleasure, hope you have a wonderful trip! Sailing is THE way to see the BVI's, planning to do it that way next time if I can.

RE: RE: What to do in 24 hours

by Wlodek

If I may, I would have another question of what to do if I have only six hours or so?
Would anyone tell us how far it is to hike from Road Town to Brewers Bay? This seems like it is not far - about 5 kilometers? We believe that the road runs through the hills.
We could not find any information about the distances on the island. We are very good hikers, and we do this everywhere we go.
Tell us what do you think.
Thank you.

RE: RE: What to do in 24 hours

by catalysta

I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you on that one! It may help whoever answers you to know where you will be landing for your 6 hours on Tortola - will you be arriving in Roadtown?

RE: RE: What to do in 24 hours

by Wlodek

Hello again. Yes, we will be in Roadtown early in the morning and have time until 5:00 PM. As I mentioned the plan was hiking what we always do. The only problem we have is that we are not quite sure of the distances on the island. We keep searching the internet for the information on this.

Travel Tips for Tortola

Odds & Ends

by starship

Some information which may be useful to the day traveler or those planning on a longer stay:

The official language of the British Virgin Islands is English although some native islanders do have a "Caribbean" type of accent.

The official currency is the U.S. Dollar.

The climate is sub-tropical. Pack light-weight, casual clothing!

There are anywhere from 30 to 60 British Virgin Islands according to some counts, but the major islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. The capital is Road Town on Tortola, which faces Drake's Channel and Peter Island, sometimes known as "Amway" island because the people who own it made their fortune creating/selling Amway products.

The island music is played by "fungie bands.

The BVI became a British Colony in 1872.

The first cruise ship arrived in 1960!!

Sail Charters

by grandmaR

The biggest sports activities in the Virgin Islands are Scuba and Boating. One of the things Tortola is known for is as the home of one of the largest bareboat charter fleets that there is. [A bareboat is a boat that you charter and sail by yourself.]

We did not charter a bareboat (we had a captain and a cook to do that work for us) and we chartered out of the USVI and not out of the BVI. But if you know how to sail, a bareboat charter can be a really nice vacation.

Breathtaking Scenery!

by mazzap

Tortola was one of the more stunning Caribbean islands we stopped at during our two week cruise - particularly for it's scenery.

The mountainous landscape is just so amazing creating a superb backdrop wherever you are on the island!

Enjoy the scenery

by HispanicYob

This is Cane Garden Bay beach in Tortola. A great place to kick back with a beer or other drink in hand and soak up the rays. Make sure you wear some strong sunscreen (but then again that goes for any beach). There's no entrance fee (when I was there) but it's quite a drive from the cruise ship pier. So hire a taxi to get you there.

Bomba's Surf Shack ~ On the Wild Side

by starship

If you happen to be driving along the road near Cappoon's Bay and you see a bunch of ladies' underwear attached to what looks like a run down shack, you've reached Bomba's Surf Shack located right on the beachfront!! Bomba himself started this legendary beach party place in 1976 and some say it is the oldest and most memorable hangout on the island.

Bomba's pretty much resembles a squatter's shack from the roadside. It looks like it's being held together by plywood, driftwood, abandoned rubber tires and the odd panty or two. Supposedly the shack has a resepectable sound system . Every month according to the almanac, Bomba's stages one of its legendary "FULL MOON" parties, with "free house tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms. (The tea is free because it's illegal to sell it.)" Some nights there's live music and a cheap all-you-can-eat barbecue. Bomba's is open most days of the week if the business is there.

If you are physically uninhibited, have appeared in a "Girls Gone Wild" film, like to party hardy and are always looking for the party scene, this is probably THE place for you. Lucky for you, videos are prohibited. Personally, I flunked the "Are You a Shack Girl??" test.


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