Tortola Port never fails to attract seasoned travelers and has been considered as the cream of the crop of all the Caribbean islands. However, when asked about Tortola, most passengers do not give an excellent rating for the region alone. Tortola proper’s assets are very much limited both in size and in numbers. Still, Tortola offers its own attractions in different categories. Visiting Tortola may passengers the chance to hop around other islands such as Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island and Virgin Gorda. Ships are docked and anchored at the port in Road Harbor which is known as Tortola's only town. Going from here, passengers can go through most of Road Town on foot; most restaurants and shopping centers are within a short walking distance. Taxis are also available at the pier.
The Crafts Alive Marketplace on the Waterfront offers a huge collection of brightly colored tents. Though it sells the same batiks and other tourist trinkets of the souks on different Caribbean islands, quite a few genuinely interesting stalls can be found. Passengers should not miss Sophia Dawles who is a brilliant West Indian artist and displays her tools such as oils, acrylics and watercolors on her card table. Altruists should also check out the BVI Community Craft Shop. Their handmade items are locally made and range from rag rugs to Christmas ornaments to even fish-scale ornaments.
The Colombian Emeralds is a conventional merchandise outlet at the cruise port and can be found on the Waterfront Drive halfway between the ferry docks and the cruise pier. The Sunny Caribbee offers wonderful spices that have been gift wrapped, hot sauces, lotions and soaps, herbs, teas and coffees, and so much more. One exotic offering and certainly a great and reasonably cheap gift would be the Arawak Love Potion plus the Hangover Cure. Furthermore, the shop also has Caribbean-oriented crafts that are more elegant than other items elsewhere. Next door, the Sunny Caribbee has provided a high-end art gallery that travelers would want to browse.
Things to See
Tortola has quite a number of beaches that can be enjoyed by surfing, swimming or just plain relaxing in it. Dedicated surfers may opt for Josiah’s Bay and Apple Bay while surfboards can also be rented at Road Town’s HIHO Store. Sailing yachts are always available. Usually, these excursions consist of a sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to an island in the southern part of Tortola, and feature activities such as beaching, snorkeling and lunch done either at a restaurant near the shore or just onboard. Visitors can also go for diving since dive operators usually offer daily 2-tank dives in the morning. The best scuba diving experiences in the Caribbean are provided by the British Virgin Islands. For hiking enthusiasts, Sage Mountain, Tortola’s national park, have hiking trails that are well-marked or they can request for a ranger that can take them on a guided tour. The place has great scenery and breathtaking views of the sea below.
Restaurants and Bars
Pusser's Road Town offers casual dining in a fun atmosphere. Pusser's provides a classic experience that is why it has outposts throughout the whole BVI. They serve classic burgers, fish and chips and so much more. Visitors should not miss BVI’s national drink, the Painkiller. On the other hand, Capriccio di Mare serves up casual as well as elegant Italian cuisine. Jolly Roger Inn became popular for its funky fusion of Creole cuisine and Asian/West Indian. The inn is situated on the waterfront. Fat Hog Bob's, which is a rustic hangout for both locals and yachters is located on Fat Hog Bay’s waterfront and serves up large portions of barbecue and seafood and sells swings, hammocks and horseshoes- definitely not for the faint of heart.