A TOUR OF GREAT ISLAND PLACES!
To BVI Map To Tortola Tour To Virgin Gorda
A METHOD TO THIS MADNESS. This tour is designed to show you
significant areas of the BVI grouped by reasonable sailing and travel distances, etc.
Arrivals and departures are usually on the "inland" side of Tortola, whether by flight, ferry,
or charter. All roads
(mostly) lead to Road Town, so to speak, on the BVI's main island of Tortola.
ROAD TOWN. Will I make my flight? Where is
my lodging or charter
company? What about dining or provisioning? What about shopping on Main Street? How about a drink at Skyworld? Where's a good hang out or eating joint? Has anyone
planned this trip? In Road Town, you will find information
to answer many of these questions.
We follow the traditional method of sailing from Road Town in a counterclockwise direction
around the BVIs. First on our list is the famous "Treasure Island," also known
more prosaically as Norman Island, which marks the start of our quest. Here we find a good
anchorage at The Bight as well as The Caves and The Indians, famous diving and snorkeling
sites, and the Willie T floating bar/restaurant.
PETER ISLAND. This luxurious resort
island has Deadman's Bay with its Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill.
SALT AND COOPER ISLANDS.The finest dive site
in the Caribbean, the wreck of R.M.S.Rhone, is off Salt Island, itself named for supplying
salt to the Royal British Navy. Nearby Cooper Island has lovely Manchioneel Bay, fringed
with palm trees on white sand beaches.
VIRGIN GORDA--THE BATHS. Next is the premier
natural attraction of the BVI--The Baths at Virgin Gorda, the "other" main
island. The nearby Virgin Gorda Yacht
Harbour/Spanish Town/The Valley represents contact with civilization, a marina with
slips, the Courtyard, fine restaurants within walking distance, shops and supplies. A few
miles away are the Coppermine Ruins and a
small airport along the coastline and reef. Still further north on Virgin Gorda's Beach Coast is the fine resort of Little Dix Bay and
secluded beachs and villas.
VIRGIN GORDA--NORTH SOUND. The North Sound of Virgin Gorda is
a beautiful and varied place: Leverick Bay, Eustatia Sound, remote Biras Creek, the local
mountainside town of Gun Creek, breathtaking views, alluring Saba Rock, secluded resorts
and restaurants, the bustling Bitter End, yacht club/marina/resort, the "last
outpost" of the British Empire. Don't miss it!
ANEGADA. Off on its own coral
island and reef, Anegada has unique flora and fauna, great snorkeling at the incomparable
Loblolly Bay, waves of small coastal sand dunes near the Cow Wreck beach bar, deep sea and
bonefishing, Horseshoe Reef and its shipwreck treasury, the local settlement with the
world's smallest general store and the Anegada Reef Hotel at the island's
"harbour" in the reef. A unique destination!
TRELLIS BAY & MARINA CAY.
Trellis Bay is right back to civilization, being next to the Beef Island, yet so far away!
Artisan's workshops, the local market, beachcombing, de Loose Mongoose restaurant, The
Last Resort on Bellamy Cay--all are here. Nearby Marina Cay is an exciting spot! Should we take
the ocean sailing route to our next stop? The East End of Tortola is a place of great
anticipation. Will we really have to leave in a day or so? Rats!
CANE GARDEN BAY. There could not
be a finer destination than the lovely Cane Garden Bay. A beautiful anchorage and
beach, beach bars in paradise with great nightlife, the home of Quito Rymer at his
Quito's Gazebo, a laid back beach "hotel," the local Callwood distillery for a
bottle of rum, Cane Garden Bay is a not-to-be-missed experience.
JOST VAN DYKE. The
barefoot island, without roads a short time ago, is the home of world famous Foxy's
Tamarind bar. Over the mountain one way is White Bay and its fabulous beach, the Soggy
Dollar bar, birthplace of the Painkiller, the intimate Sandcastle resort and the Local
Flavor Stress-Free bar at the White Bay campground. Over the mountain the other way is
Little Harbour, the place for dueling Anegada lobster feasts.
SOPER'S HOLE ON THE WEST END.
The last sailing stop on our BVI tour is the intriguing Soper's Hole, unique tropical
harbour and also a great place to start a charter. Soper's Hole Wharf offers a unique West
Indian setting of shops and the Pussser's Landing restaurant. The West End's North Beach
Coast is easily accessible from here.
NORTH BEACH COAST. Reached
by land rather than water, this coastal area is the essence of the Caribbean with the
famous Long Bay Beach and its namesake resort, the secluded Smuggler's Cove beach and
Great Carrot Bay with great local food. Shall we slip over to Bomba's Beach Shack for one
of its world famous Full Moon Parties. Or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, shall we
dine at the Sugar Mill, one of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean? What a way to go!
Of course, there are many more destinations in the future.
So, let's begin the