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Making the Most of Tortola
Making the Most of Tortola
The Disney ships berth at the cruise ship dock on Wickham Cay 1 in Road Town. The long, simple pier ends at a large, open field (scheduled "soon" for retail development) where you’ll find taxis and tour buses. Turn left at the end of the pier, follow the waterfront, and you’ll soon reach Craft Alive Village and Waterfront Street, where you’ll find Pusser’s Pub and Store (for rum fans), and the Ferry Dock. A block inland is Main St., where most other tourist-oriented attractions, shopping, and dining are found. “All ashore” is at 7:30 am, and “all aboard” time is 5:45 pm.
The “real” and best way to experience the British Virgin Islands is by small boat. The islands’ many attractive beaches and islets are studded with small resorts, restaurants, and bars that cater mostly to vacationers who spend their days sailing from one tiny port of call to the next, and spend their nights dining and drinking wherever they dropped anchor. More than a few famous watering holes on the larger islands have established outposts on some of the smallest islands to add new destinations to the itinerant sailors’ itineraries. As shore excursions visit nearly all points of interest accessible within your allotted 10 hours (and several of those excursions involve travel to neighboring islands), organized excursions remain, as always, your safest bet. Ferries are a good do-it-yourself possibility for day visitors. Ferries to Virgin Gorda depart from the Ferry Dock in Road Town. Ferries to Jost van Dyke run from Soper’s Hole on the West End, which requires a ferry or taxi ride from Road Town. No reservations are needed for these ferries—schedules can be found at http://www.bestofbvi.com/info/info_bviferry.htm. Car rentals are not advisable. The island is small, destinations and roads are few, and you'd be driving British-style (on the left). Taxi fares are flat rate and are posted at the piers, but be sure to agree on the fare before you hop in.
The British Virgin Islands have a reputation for being especially safe and friendly. The crime rate is very low and the police force is efficient. Most everyone feels quite comfortable walking about, even at night, and you won’t be hassled by street vendors. The water is also considered safe to drink. Of course, normal cautions always apply—keep your valuables safe and always pay attention to your surroundings. It should be noted that you should avoid beach attire outside of the beach—the locals can be offended by overly skimpy attire and bare midriffs.
Top Photo Slice: Welcome to the British Virgin Islands! (℗ 53420) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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