Gorgeous scenery, a lot of places to explore
Cruise ship crowds, Partly industrial
Your island hopping paradise!
This distillery is allegedly over 400 years old and looks it. The rum, we were told, had a unique quality - you will never, ever get a hangover from it. Sure, right. We paid about $7 for a quart, double the price of a quart of Cruzan in the K Mart on St. Thomas. After an excellent meal at Myett's we retired to the bareboat charter sloop. The next...more
After getting off the Speedy safari taxi, you pay the small entrance fee (I think it was $3-4 per person) and then walk down the pathway to get to Spring Bay. As you are reading about the Baths, people will talk about the difficulty of the walk but it's not to this part that they are talking about as it's an easy 5-10 minute walk on a very clearly...more
When I looked at Cruise Critic it appeared that the #1 suggestion for a day in Tortola was leaving Tortola and taking a ferry over to see the Baths on Virgin Gorda, one of the neighboring islands in the British Virgin Islands. It is the most popular tourist destination in the BVI. There are several ways to get here if you arrive by cruise ship, of...more
Now this is the part of your visit that everyone talks about, the Devil's Bay Trail between Spring Bay and Devil's Bay. It's hard to know when you are chatting with cruisers as to whether something is challenging or merely challenging for someone who's not in good shape. The walk between them is somewhat of a highlight for most visitors, a sort of...more
After walking through the rocks, you end up at Devil's Bay, the water here is calmer than Spring Bay and perfect for floating around. There are no amenities here, no snack bar, no lockers, no toilets. I didn't snorkel here but my husband did, he said that he saw some fish but he was really far from shore and said there was nothing unusual. Unless...more
Then at the end of our charter of a sailboat in December, we took a taxi tour around the perimeter of the island. Our charter captains called a cab for us. They couldn't get the man they usually used, so they flagged this taxi down and negotiated a rate for an island tour. I think it was about $15-20. He had some folks to deliver from a boat that...more
I went to spend the weekend at Tortola and the single most delicious experience I have is eating in Dove Restaurant. The restaurant is cozy, dim and generally of good ambiance. Everything I had and my family was superb. The only thing that I didn't like was the price, because it is on the pricey side, but it is worth it! Fresh fish covered in...more
Nice place, has its own dinghy dock. Great place to watch the sunset EXCEPT all the ferries come in and go out right next to it and its really noisy. Also the tv above the bar is permanently tuned to sport. Then you have the barman cussing with all his loud taxi driver friends sitting around the bar in the dining room. Food is pretty good, but the...more
We had dinner here. The cook (a friend of theirs) ran out of propane. Watched snowboarding on ESPN while we ate. Since we were on a mooring, the 100 foot dinghy dock was of particular interest.Open for business from October 1st to July 31st. Closed annually from August 1st to September 30th.The Jolly Roger Inn is for sale according to their...more
I can't claim to have ever experienced the full moon party at The Bomba Shack. My tastes tend to be a little more sedate (hmmmm...am I getting old?). Anyway...if this is your cup of tea (sorry, couldn't resist) check out this well known Tortola establishment at full moon. WILD is the word! Full moon at The Bomba Shack. Anything goes!more
Savvy cruisers know that you can usually do excursions for a fraction of the cost of the ship excursions, in this port I think it was about 1/2 the cost. Speedy's is one of the choices for ferries, Princess also uses them so I assumed they were the most reliable, and the one with the best schedule. The ferry terminal is a 10-15 minute walk from...more
Pussers are a set of restaurants some with stores owned by a company in North Carolina (not Caribbean). The one in Sopers Hole serves good burgers and reasonable pizza and the service though slow is friendly. The one in town serves the worst food on the island and has by far the worst service anywhere. The only other one we tried is East End where...more
On our first trip to the Virgin Islands, I bought some nice gifts on Tortola. I like to buy things that are made locally, or at least not in Taiwan (unless I'm in Taiwan).I went into the Sunny Caribbee shop. The first room had various spices and other food type items -- spices, sweets, receipes, herbs, and the like, and also cosmetics and other...more
347 Reviews and Opinions
One local custom that seems to be common on many Caribbean islands is the practice of letting livestock roam about freely. I've seen this alot, but every time I see them, I am amused. It would be almost unthinkable to let these animals wander freely in most countries for fear of their being hurt, stolen, killed, etc. But in the islands, the "no worries" attitude must prevail.
Admittedly, the animals in the accompanying pictures look better than most I've seen in my many trips to the Caribbean, but I tend to believe it is only because the fates have been kind and in no part due to their owners stewardship---or maybe they have no owners! I think these animals looked suprised or just as amused at seeing us and were maybe hoping for a handout.
In any case, if you're driving please be cautious and drive slowly because you never know when and where you might find animals crossing or near the road. Please be kind!
The currents here vary from day to day, I saw references to trips being cancelled when the currents made it too rough to come over here. If you are coming in by cruise ship, you might have a plan B if they aren't taking people over to the Baths. If you go into Spring Bay and are not a strong swimmer, make sure you keep to where you can touch bottom...more
Maybe it was just our experience, and this isn't typical, but we found the drivers in Tortola to be much more aggressive than on the other islands. The roads were in bad condition, and our rental car left a lot to be desired. As was the case on the other islands, the roads were narrow with sharp curves and dangerous switchbacks. The problems arose...more
Water shoes were very useful for the walk between Spring and Devil's Bay
If you have swim shorts with waterproof pockets or one of those money things you can hang around your neck, you might find it useful as there are no lockers at Devil's Bay although you could lock it up at Spring Bay and head back there before leaving.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, there is a little shade but you'll spend most of your time in the sun
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkel gear isn't rented there, I didn't even use mine, I don't think it's necessary to lug along
Anegada, one of the largest British Virgin Islands, is a unique island for several reasons and is worth the effort to reach it if you can. Unlike the other British Virgin Islands which came into existence through volcanic upheaval and are moutainous or hilly, Anegada is virtually flat. It stretches for at least 10 miles but it's highest point is...more
Named "Fat Virgin" or "Virgin Gorda" by Christopher Columbus because of the islands silhouette, the island resembles a large woman lying on her back. Virgin Gorda is the 3rd largest of the British Virgin Islands. A very popular island in the BVI, Virgin Gorda is known for spectacular sights and interesting beaches. Huges boulders and rocks on the...more
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...more
When we did the circumnavigation of Tortola, I did see surfers on some of the beaches on the backside of the island. It might have been Cane Garden Bay or Apple Bay. The waves weren't too big - not as big as on Barbados in the Soup Bowl, but I did see them there.Surf Spots Apple Bay, TortolaLocated on the north shore, the surf spot breaks with...more
Since we are no longer novice cruisers, we book all of our excursions independent of the ship. The benefits differ from port to port but in the case I found the benefits to be:a) Lower cost, I don't remember the exact cost of the ship's excursion but it was more than Tortola Charters which was $55, we did the trip for $41 ($38 for Speedy's, $3...more
Those who are Christians or to say that they are born again, Jubilee Faith Center is a place where one word from God can change your life forever. Pastored by Frankie Rathanum and his lovely wife Sherril Rathanum.On Sunday there are two sevices in the morning. One at 8:00am and one at 10:30am. on Wednsday night there is a midweek service to refresh...more
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...more