Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Where to Eat and Drink
Pusser's Road Town: With casual dining and a fun atmosphere, Pusser's is a classic experience. Don't miss the national drink of the BVI, the Painkiller.
Capriccio di Mare offers casual and elegant Italian fare.
Soper's Hole/West End
Pusser's Landing: Similar to the Road Town outlet, Pusser's Landing has a more picturesque setting and more extensive menu.
Jolly Roger Inn: On the Waterfront, this restaurant serves funky fusion of Asian/West Indian and Creole cuisine.
Fat Hog Bob's: Rustic hangout for locals and yachties on the waterfront at Fat Hog Bay, Bob's features barbecue, seafood, large portions, hammocks, swings, and horseshoes.
Cane Garden Bay
Quito's Gazebo: If you come to Cane Garden by ship's tour you will likely be comped a meal at Myett's (see below). If you are on your own or if you just want to escape the crowds, stop at Quito's. It's known for excellent salads and grilled local seafood, but the superstar on the menu is the Roti, considered by locals to be one of the best in the islands.
Myett's Garden & Grille has a lovely garden and patio setting. When ships are in port live music is provided.
On the Waterfront, Crafts Alive Marketplace sells the same batiks and tourist trinkets as marketplaces on other Caribbean islands, along with a handful of genuinely interesting wares. Don't miss Sophia Dawles, a talented West-Indian artist who displays her paintings on a card table.
Sunny Caribbee is a chock-a-block with great, gift-packaged spices, hot sauces, soaps, lotions, herbs, teas, and coffees. One of the more exotic offerings is the Arawak Love Potion and Hangover Cure.
What to See and Do
Sailing: There is no shortage of sailing yachts available for full or half-day trips. These excursions usually include a sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to one of the islands to the south of Tortola, and normally feature snorkeling, beaching, and lunch.
Diving: All dive operators offer two-tank morning dives. Contact individual dive operators for the availability or feasibility of "discover scuba" programs for non-certified divers. The British Virgin Islands offer some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Of special interest is the wreck of the RMS Rhone. Also worthy of exploration are the many reefs off the coast of Tortola and her neighboring islands.
Hiking: Tortola's national park, Sage Mountain, is criss-crossed with well-marked hiking trails. Great scenery and views of the sea.
Swimming With Dolphins: Dolphin Discovery operates at Prospect Reef Resort. For rates and reservations contact Dolphin Discovery, (284) 494-767205.
Taxis: Safari cabs and mini vans are typical modes of taxi transport. Since Road Town is central to the island of Tortola, one-way fares to any point on the island seldom run more than $10 per person.
Renting a Car: Drive on the left side of the road. Rental agencies include Avis, Hertz, and Itgo Car Rental.
Ferries: Ferry transport is the primary form of moving people between Tortola and the other islands in the British Virgins. Ferry service from the several companies serving the islands is frequent, dependable, and affordable, maxing out at $2205 per adult round-trip.
There are three regions in Tortola where you can catch a ferry: Road Town (central), Soper's Hole (West End) and Beef Island (East End). Soper's and Beef Island can be reached by taxi for about $20 per person round-trip.
Where You're Docked
Ships dock in Road Harbour, Tortola's only "town." From here you can cover most of Road Town on foot; most eateries and shopping venues are within easy walking distance. The major local asset in Road Town, however, is the ferry docks. For those who really want to see what the BVI are really about, the ferries are your best friends.
Staying in Touch
There is a decent Internet cafÃÂ© at The BVI Cyber Cafe at CPC, located at the Caribbean Printing Company at Pasea Estate in Road Town.
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