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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

On leaving Santiago de Cuba the captain advised that the winds that evening & the following two days en route to Tortola would be, to say the least, rather strong! In fact we experienced gale force 7 at times particularly at night and early hours of the morning. The ship had to close the decks due to the high winds which during the night wasn't a problem but of course during the day it meant lots of people sitting around the various lounges.We ventured onto our balcony which was quite safe but as the wind whistled around your head it wasn't so pleasant so we too ventured inside. Our next port of call was Road Town, Tortola. The capital and largest of the British Virgin Islands. Despite the island suffering heavy damage from Hurricane's Irma & ... read more
Fabric necklace
Happy ship

Next stop, me second visit to Virgin Gorda and a first for Tanya. This place is one of the most beautiful I have been in the Caribbean, and for sure, one of the most fun one. But back in November 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed many islands in the region, and the British Virgin Islands took a direct hit. We are visiting few months later. It's boats scattered all over. Roofs are either gone....or are brand new ones. The thing these people need today is to get those houses fixed, and those yachts to be repaired in order for tourists to come back to spend their hard earned cash! It's always the same thing for local populations...the faster the visitors are back, the faster life will be back to normal. At the end of the day, this ... read more
Amazing rock formations!
That's a beach!
Playing with the camera!

Our first port of call on our week-long Caribbean cruise was Road Town, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands. We didn't see any of the island at all though, as our plan of action was always going to be to visit The Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda. We hoped to make our own way there via public ferry, but due to a reduced time in port we missed this and had to join the tour organised by our cruise company. **Sidenote : I need to rant about this first change to our itinerary and the reason given for it. Our time in port was changed from 12:00-18:00 to 14:00-18:00 because 'due to hurricane damage we'd been advised to only visit during daylight hours'. Funnily enough though, when I was on the sun deck at midday it ... read more
Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda

British Virgin Islands by the Numbers One fifty foot catamaran, a professional crew of two, three generations of people, all together nine happy family members including three incredible and awesome and fun teenagers (getting along beautifully), seven sailing days in the Caribbean and one birthday girl all to celebrate fifty years of wedded bliss! SUNDAY --- We met up at the Compass Point Marina on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We hadn’t been together since Christmas (it was now July) so lots of hugging! We’re British Virgin Islands bound on the catamaran “Zephyr” with an overnight stop on the island of St. John. The afternoon afforded time for little snorkeling from the Zephyr to miniscule “One Butt Beach”! We are the only boat moored in the cove. Our surroundings are beautiful ... read more
Beach Jost Vandyck
Sandy Spit
Motley and Wet Crew

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

Saturday 20th December, 2014. Tortola, BVI, Leeward Islands, West Indies The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a group of about 50 Islands only 4 of which are of any size. Their total land area is less than half that of the Isle of Wight. All but about 12 are uninhabited. The BVIs are generally volcanic and hilly except for Anegada (the 2nd largest) which is coral and flat. The first human inhabitants were the Siboney Indians who wandered nomadically from island to island picking up whatever they could to eat in the way of indigenous plants and fish. CC named them "the Virgins" because he thought them so beautiful and numerous that he compared them to St ursula and her 11,000 virgins martyred in Cologne during the early days of Christianity. St Ursula's Day coinciding with ... read more
59.  The Beach at The Baths NP
60.  The Beach at The Baths NP
61.  The Beach at The Baths NP

We are back to the BVI for another fun day! And yes, this time it's a diving day! I did my homework properly this time. I knew the diving in Virgin Gorda was ok, but there was a nice lobster BBQ organized by Club Med 2. JVD, Jost Van Dyke is way smaller. This is a yachties paradise...and yes, diving seems to be way more fun! The island has only 180 yes, it is a cute and small place. I'm diving today with Jost Van Dyke diving. First fun point, these guys are actually living on Tortola and do the 45 minutes crossing with the diving boat every morning. Well, today it's actually not only me, I have the chance to get Thierry with me. Thierry hasn't dived for 10 years, he has 50 dives ... read more
After the dive...
Diving with Thierry!
little ray...

This is the second leg of a truly fun week. There are adventures to get each morning when we land somewhere else, but also fun time on the boat itself. The Club Med 2 has an open bar. Yes, that means free flow of pretty good things...all day long. So being on a French boat, you have Ricard for aperitif at lunch time if you are on the boat at lunch time...and pina colada by the pool before sunset, and obviously wine during meals. We are in the North Hemisphere end of November, so sunsets are early at around 5.30pm each day...with some pretty cool views from the swimming pool bar on the back deck. By 6pm, it's champagne time...all night long. Well, first it's shower time and getting change for the evening obviously...this is still ... read more
Club Med 2
Lobster time...
Little pina colada by the pool...

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