British Virgin Islands Journals

Island Hopping in the BVI

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A December 1999 trip to British Virgin Islands by Travelin Fools

Quote: **Day Trip To The Baths***Camping on Jost Van Dyke***Foxy's***The Incredible Bomba Shack***Snorkeling at White Bay Beach***Beach Tour on Tortola**

Island Hopping in the BVI

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Overview

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The ferry ride to Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda and a trip to the legendary Baths is a must. Lunch at the West End watching the boats come and go. A ferry trip to Jost Van Dyke and Foxy's. Quick Tips: If you plan on staying on Tortola for more than 3-4 days then consider renting a car for a couple of days and taking a tour of the beaches. You can Tour the whole island in a day if you're in a hurry. Brewer's Bay, Cane Garden Bay and Long Bay Beach are all worth visiting.Best Way To Get Around: Walking can be arduous on Tortola due to its mountainous topograghy and size but a real good option on the other islands. Taxis are reasonable and easy to find everywhere,especially in Ro...Read More

Heritage Resort at Matchroom

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Hotel | "White Bay Campground"

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The most likely way of traveling to Jost Van Dyke is via the aptly named ''When'' ferry, which departs from West End on Tortola. It has no doubt fostered many jokes for those expecting to depart on schedule. But have no fear, when ferry breaks down or is undergoing repair other boats mysteriously appear to whisk the stranded back home to Jost Van Dyke and you wil be able to catch a ride too. Be prepared to pay $10, the cost of a ticket on the ferry. From Great Harbor you can hike over the hill to White Bay, the best beach on Jost or catch a taxi usually waiting pier side when ferry arrives. The campground at White Bay is for the hardcore escapist, there''s not much nightlife here. Costs to ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Heritage Resort at Matchroom
Mijas
Marbella, Spain

FOXY's

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Restaurant

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If there a more than 50 yachts in Great Bay Harbor go early or make a reservation. The boaters call in their reservations and orders via the CB radio while they are still on board their vessels. So it can be deceptive! The food was slightly above average but somewhat overpriced. If Foxy is present, expect some humorous calypso and perhaps a verse or two about visiting tourists. Don't miss the gift and apparel shop they have lots of foxy wear.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

The Baths

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Attraction

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Ferries arrive and depart Roadtown, Tortola for Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda on a regular schedule. The Baths are a popular tourist destination especially in season; so leaving early is a good idea to beat the crowd. Upon disembarking in Spanish Town, it’s a five-minute taxi ride to the Baths. Hiking is also an option just follow the signs. The giant boulders, which comprise the Baths, are as big as small houses. A path descends from the road's end down to a small beach and then winds through the boulders. The trail passes many small pools good for swimming and snorkeling. Just wade out and find yourself a good rock to hang out on. The snorkeling is pretty good considering the amount of people...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

The Incredible Bomba Shack

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Attraction

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If you happen to be on the isle of Tortola during a full moon then don't miss the Full Moon party at the Bomba shack. The Bomba shack is built from debris that has washed up on the beach and is located on Apple Bay, just over the hill from Long Bay. It's a surfer's hangout mainly but the shack kicks in to overdrive once a month for it's famous Full Moon Party. It draws people from all over the island and beyond who gather to eat, drink potent rum drinks, dance and partake of Bomba's mushroom tea. The party can become quite crazy and may last well after midnight. Beware of your valuables if you do go and don't bring anything you can't afford to lose. If you want to get wild and crazy and see how t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

A Tour of Tortola's Best Beaches

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Cane Garden Bay on Tortola's north shore is a good anchorage and possesses some fine restaurants and motels, which line the beach. Swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, and sailing are all popular in this sheltered bay. Brewer's Bay is east of Cane Garden Bay and accessed by road by negotiating a steep hill. There is a campground here with a couple of restaurant/bars nearby. The beach is usually deserted and there is good snorkeling. The western end of Tortola features Long Bay beach good for swimming. A resort and houses line the mile long beach, which is a favorite spot for viewing sunset.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2000