Apple Bay Beach (North Shore, Tortola) — known as “the Surfing Beach,” Apple Bay is home of the surfer’s bar, Bomba’s Shack, as well as a small community, guest villas, and Sebastian’s and Sugar Mill hotels. The beach’s best swimming is on its western end where the seabed has fewer rocks. The eastern portion is […]
Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant (Setting Point, Anegada) — breakfast at the Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant is your basic continental affair, while lunch rolls out a selection lite offerings including sandwiches, soups, and salads. For dinner, fresh fish from local fisherman can’t be caught, and grill favorites like baby back ribs and steaks are just as […]
Bomba’s Surfside Shack (North Shore Road, Apple Bay, Tortola) – the bar owner, whose name happens to be Bomba, built his surfside shack on the beach in Cappoons Bay, Tortola in 1976. Not having a lot of money for building supplies, he used driftwood, pieces of tin roofing, broken surf boards and anything else he […]
1748 Restaurant (Long Bay Beach Resort, Long Bay Rd., Long Bay, Tortola) — Delightfully informal, ‘1748’ is a popular beachfront deck restaurant. Part of an 18th-century sugar mill, it offers buffet breakfasts, as well as extensive lunch and dinner menus featuring anything from grills and fresh seafood to tasty local dishes. Special weekly events include […]
Callwood Rum Distillery (Cane Garden Bay, Tortola) – located about 100 yards away from Cane Garden Bay’s beach, this distillery goes back 400 years. The Arundel Estate (the distillery’s original name) is the oldest, continuously operated rum-making facility in the Eastern Caribbean. For the last two hundred years, the Callwood family has handed down this […]
ATV Adventure Tour (Jost Van Dyke) – visitors staying in Tortola can arrange bookings with their hotel for this unique tour of neighboring Jost Van Dyke Island (conducted by various local operators). From US$158 on, guests will be transported from Road Town (Tortola) to Jost Van Dyke island via boat (during the boat ride, guests […]
Arawak Interiors (Nanny Cay Marina, Nanny Cay, Tortola) – operating three stores within Tortola, this retailer offers batik sundresses, footwear, sportswear, resort wear for men and women, children’s wear, as well as furniture.
Ample Hamper (Inner Harbour Marina, Road Town, Tortola; and Frenchman’s Cay Marina, West End, Tortola) – this food retailer has an outstanding collection of cheeses, wines, fresh fruits, and canned goods from the United Kingdom and USA. Many shoppers are there to stock up their yacht or rental villa. It also has a selection of […]
Bitter End Yacht Club (North Sound, Virgin Gorda) – local bands play throughout the week here.
Car Rentals: You’ll need a BVI license (about $10 and obtainable with a valid driver’s license). Since this is a British possession, don’t forget to drive on the left side of the road. Rental agencies include D&D Car Rental (West End, Road Town; 284-495-7676), Hertz (Road Town; 284-494-6228), Itgo Car Rental (Town Road; 284-494-5150).