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Road Town Harbor, Tortola, Visit the BVI

Road Town Harbor, Tortola,

Visit the BVI – Tortola

Cane Garden Bay – a small town on the north shore of the island with a popular white sand beach and nearby shopping

Fort Hill and Great Mountain – for views of the island, the sea and the Virgin Islands

Pusser’s Landing – on the western side of the island, this small village has West Indian architecture

Beaches – Smuggler’s Cove, Brewer’s Bay Beach, Cane Garden, Jost Van Dyke Island, Norman Island, Great Harbor at Peter’s Island

Dolphin Discovery Lagoon – at Prospect Reef Port

Harbor, Road Town, Tortola, Visit the BVI

Harbor, Road Town, Tortola

Visit the BVI – More Sights

  • Rhone National Marine Park – Try deep water diving for the wreck of the RMS Rhone.

Visit the BVI – Hotels

Road Town Marina, Tortola, Visit the BVI

Road Town Marina, Tortola

Visit the BVI – Virgin Gorda

The “Baths” at Virgin Gorda – take a ferry from Road Town.  Cross the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Spanish Town on the third largest island in the British Virgin Islands.  Virgin Gorda is not on the cruise ship circuit, so there is far less tourism.  Most visitors arrive on small yachts.  View the volcanic formations.  “Baths” refers to the natural pools that have eroded into the volcanic rocks at the shoreline.  These are found at the southern tip of the island of Virgin Gorda.

Open Air Tourist Bus, Road Town, Tortola, Visit the BVI

Open Air Tourist Bus, Road Town, Tortola

Visit the BVI – By Sea

The capital and only cruise port for the British Virgin Islands is Road Town.  You can easily arrange tours of the island of Tortola from registered cab  and open bus drivers at the port.  Going rates are about half what you would pay for a cruise ship excursion.

Visit the BVI – By Air

There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from North America, Europe, or South America.  Terrence B. Lettsome Airport on Tortola receives flights from Caribbean islands like Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten.

Visit the BVI – Background

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), includes the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.  Tortola is the largest island.  It is 12 miles long and 3 miles wide.  About 20,000 people live on Tortola.  The BVI is an eastward continuation from the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The U.S. Virgin Island of St John is just over 10 miles from the British Virgin Islands.  Meanwhile, the island of Tortola is about 60 miles from Puerto Rico.  The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Arawak and then the Caribs.  Christopher Columbus sailed to these islands in 1493.  In the 1500s the English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Danish all attempted to control the area.  These islands became notorious as a haven for pirates. Britain has governed the British Virgin Islands since 1672.

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