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pastor and wife
Our car with the rooster
The local car wash, Road Town, BVI
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On our first day on Tortola we drove around the island getting a feel for the island life. After a few beaches and many scary turns we went to the biggest supermarket of the islands, Bobby's, in Road Town. We parked our car on the biggest car park in town. There was the local car wash next to our car. Some guys had put up a garden pavillion and washed cars along to loud reggae music. There was a jerk smell in the air. Life was hectic compared to the rest of the island. We felt like being in a big city. When we came back from the supermarket we couldn't believe our eyes. A rooster sat on the roof of our car waiting for us. I think this is when I finally fell in love with the island life!
Walk along the streets to observe local architecture. The diversity of styles is amazing. You'll also notice shacks right next to fancy mansions. Economic disparity is heartbreaking, but then again this is only normal in developing countries.
not too overdeveloped yet, come while it isn't !
The best part about the BVI is that is not completely ruined by tourism just yet. The majority of tourists come to sail the seas, leaving minimum impact except for just along the beaches of larger bays/cays. As for cruise ships, only smaller ones are allowed in port because of its small stature, meaning that most ships don't stop here and head to the more popular USVI. It is still possible to find idyllic, unpopulated areas here in the BVI.
The main port in BVI is in Road Town. Cruise ships dock here (although not many, since only smaller ones are allowed). Navy ships also frequent the port. When I returned into Road Town after the end of the week, I saw the Monmouth, a British Navy vessel.
Ok, maybe I'm strangely morbid...but I love walking through and photographing cemetaries whenever I'm traveling. It's interesting to compare styles.This one is a small cemetary located in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke
Take advantage of internet whenever you come across it !! Once you start exploring the islands, you'll realize that internet is rare (and extremely expensive) to come across. I've paid anywhere between $5-10 for 15 minutes. Insane! Some islands don't even have phones or electricity, let alone internet. Certain islands monopolize the access. No wonder why they charge a fortune.Trellis Bay Cybercafe, on Beef Island is a favorite of arriving/departing travelers. After arriving to beautiful BVI, or awaiting departure...come to Trellis Bay to have a snack. The Trellis Bay Cybercafe has a variety of food as well as internet available.
lobster, as fresh as it gets
While in the BVI you must try the lobster at least once. Sure it's expensive but it's amazingly delicious and freshly caught. At some restaurants, the lobster is not caught until you place your order for dinner. Therefore you have to make your dinner reservations in the afternoon and tell the restaurant what you intend on eating.This boat of fisherman was on the dock of a small island. They were bringing live lobster into a restaurant for dinner. Wow. Now that's what I call fresh.
get off the boat and walk!!
As being part of a sailing trip, it's pretty easy to not explore the inlands of each island and just stay on the beach near your boat. I however really enjoyed getting away from the beaches and tourist attractions to explore more of the local life. It's good for you: take a break and walk around to overcome your seasickness and talk to locals away from the tourist traps!
There are beautiful views from many points of the various islands. There's always blue water and green islands and some colourful spots of houses or boats. In the pictures you see Road Town from the hills of Tortola
There are innumerable opportunities to watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Each one I saw was unique and memorable.
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