The British Virgin Islands, about 50 (mostly uninhabited) islands and cays, are one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations. Road Town, the capital city, is a favorite stop for experienced cruise ship passengers. Popular activities include sailing around the myriad islands, diving over wrecks, snorkelling, walking empty beaches, and watching the sunset. Steeped in the history of the British Navy, the islands are ringed by shipwrecks; the most famous of these - The RMS Rhone - is now a national marine park, and a favorite scuba diving point.
Road Town is home to the beautiful J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens which wind through close to three acres of indigenous and exotic plants, trees and herbs. The capital is also brimming with restaurants, shops, and is the site for the hospital, government administration offices and official Governor's House with its historical museum. Just behind Waterfront Drive is Main Street, which still has many historic buildings and churches, charming cafes, and curio shops as well as the Virgin Islands Folk Museum.
Ferry service to the outer-islands is convenient and economical, but outer-island air service is limited.
Things to See & Do
* Main Street, Road Town
* Botanic Gardens
* VI Folk Museum
* Old Government House and Museum
* Sage Mountain National Park, Ridge Road
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – $US (USD)
Language – English
Land Area – 153 sq km
Population – 19,000
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 – 284
Port Location – Ships dock and anchor in Tortola. The pier can only hold 2 ships, however, so if more are in port, it will require tendering. Both pier and tender drop-off are located directly in Road Town, the capital of Tortola. Taxis are available, but not metered, so be sure to negotiate a price upfront.
Transport Links – Just a 30 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas in the U.S.V.I., or a 30 minute plane ride from San Juan. Ferry service to the outer-islands is convenient and economical, but outer-island air service is limited.
Taxis, rental cars and bikes are available for getting around the BVI’s.