Blogs from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Central America Caribbean


We embarked onto "Makin Memories", a 41 foot sailboat from Sunsail in Tortola, BVI and sailed across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to The Bight on Norman Island where we tied on to a mooring buoy for the night. Often referred to as "Treasure Island" by the locals, the island is thought to still hold buried treasure. The restaurant, aptly named "Pirate's Bight", is 5 star. After snorkelling at the Caves in the morning, we sailed for 3 hours into a 20knt breeze only to find there were no vacant mooring buoys in Manchineel Bay on Cooper Island. We decided to motor north to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. Within sight of the marina, the engine died a slow death. Now under sail and with the assistance of a couple of passing fishermen, "Makin Memories" was ... read more
In Tow
Cane Garden Bay
Devil's Bay

The cruise is to celebrate Mark and my 70th birthdays. We were born in the same hospital in Oakland 14 days apart. We choose this cruise because it started the day before Mark’s bday out of Fort Lauderdale. Brad, Christie , Laura and Christopher joined us on the cruise. Our ship is the Equinox, we have cruised on it before. We like Celebrity Cruise line because their food is so good. The employees all seem happy and helpful. We also like the solarium pool which is indoors and is for adults only. The cruise includes tips, wifi and unlimited drinks. We all upgraded the drink package so we could have top shelf drinks. Each cruise day has lots of activities but we mostly drink, read and lay around the pool. We also enjoy the shows at ... read more
St Martin.
San Juan
The gang

We finally made our trip to the British Virgin Islands after an 18 month delay due to COVID travel restrictions. Sandy and I have enjoyed a relaxing week at the Lighthouse, a small boutique hotel, a short 5 minute stroll to the beach at Cane Garden Bay, reportedly the best beach on Tortola, BVI. Our balcony looks west affording spectacular sunsets. The beach is sparsely populated most of the time. When a cruise ship docks in Road Town the beach is a little busier catering to the cruise patrons who elect to visit the beach. Sandy gets great pleasure watching the overweight beach goers being knocked over by the surf and unable to gain their feet. The yacht charters have also provided amble spectator sport as they tie up to one of the numerous mooring balls ... read more
Cane Garden Bay
Rum Distillery

Road Town, Tortola Blog 27th January 2020 Devastated by a hurricane a couple of years ago but has bounced back. Lots of rebuilding still going on and tourism is its lifeline. Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It features several white-sand beaches, including Cane Garden Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, has a harbor dotted with sailing boats and is known as a yachting hub. In the island's southwest, forested Sage Mountain National Park offers trails and sweeping views over neighboring cays.... read more

Friday 11th March, 2016. Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands M had arranged to meet her friend Donna at the The Watering Hole Bar in Road Town which is just at the end of the pier and around the corner from Donna's bank. Donna was already there so we had a coffee and a catch up. Donna told us that there was a great beach on the north side of the West End of the island called Long Bay. She offered to drive us over as it was on her way back to work (the office being in West End). We dropped by her place on the way to look for some lost papers (which she didn't find). Her pad is lovely with great views over the Carrot Bay. The ride across the island was very ... read more
17.   Long Bay
30.  Nature Boy with M
61.  D and Donna at Industrious Seaside Bar

Another day, another island! Quite a lot of islands actually as Tortola belongs to the British Virgin islands! Fifty or so islands, most with weird names such as Salt, Norman, Jost Van Dyke, Guana, Fallen Jerusalem, Dead Chest, Virgin Gorda......I could go on!! Local belief is that when Christopher Columbus discovered the islands in 1493, he named them after the 11,000 virgins of the 4thCentury martyr, St Ursula! This was our first experience of a Tender to reach land, so we had to wait until all the P & O trip passengers had disembarked before we could get ashore. Reached Tortola by about 10.00am and boarded an open sided trolley for a tour of the island, followed by the beach! We ended up with the ‘Friendliest Driver’ whose vehicle was pretty clapped out and as there ... read more
Dressing up!
Cane Garden Bay
View of Road Town

14thMay: Trellis Bay – Tortola 6nm Once again there were no mooring balls available when we arrived and nowhere to anchor safely. There was a bit of chop coming in so wanted to be inside the bay. We circled 3 times through, no one was leaving. Then decided to do one final sweep through the bay before heading across to Marina Cay opposite to anchor. Just as we were coming past Sea Quest Marin was yelling out and indicating a free ball right next to them. A yacht had just left. No one else picked it up as it didn't have a lead line and was very difficult to get the ball up on deck.....but I managed!! Full moon party was much more 'tame' than we expected. It was really good fun. Very family orientated. Big ... read more
Bonfire ball
welding ball
too many boats

2nd - 7th May. Were going to stay only one night, but ended up here for 5!!... read more
Luuk and Phil playing cricket
Restless Spirit at anchor

Leaving cane garden as the cruise ships look set to be arriving here today. Headed up to monkey point for some snorkeling and sailing. Another beautiful day here. Looks like we may get some rain though.... read more

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