Tortola will probably be your first taste of these islands. It’s the most active destination in this island chain, but don’t expect big resorts
, duty-free shopping or cruise ship crowds. Here traffic comes from a goat in the middle of the road or from boaters coming ashore for a full moon party at a side-of-the-road joint called Bomba’s Shack. These are, as the tourist office likes to say, the Virgin Islands that are still virgin. Semi-arid and hilly, Tortola is home to two primary communities: Road Town, which is the capital, and West End. With such no-nonsense names, you’d expect no-nonsense places, and that’s exactly what these towns are. You won’t need a road map to locate West End, a community that’s visited by yachtsmen who come in to provision their vessels and to enjoy the local flavor at Soper’s Hole, a marina splashed in shades of pink, sea green, and turquoise. This pastel shopping center offers Caribbean
arts, crafts, and also one of the most picturesque photo spots in the islands where waterfront buildings are as colorful as Easter eggs. Another popular provisioning area is Road Town, logically named because most roads converge here. Government offices and banks line the streets of the capital city, along with a few shops and restaurants of special interest to travelers. In either town you can catch a water taxi to other islands in the chain. This chapter contains romantic
places to stay, the best restaurant discoveries, and the fun activities and special moments that a couple will remember forever.
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As long as you want
Best Time to Go:
Best November through July
This travel guide comes from:
Romantic Escapes in the Caribbean Guide Book