HI. I hope I can help. I would highly recommend trying to visit the BVI's by boat also (not just staying onshore in Tortola.) You might want to check out some of the sail companies to really experience this beautiful area. We have used Patouche in the past (from Tortola.) They offer wonderful day trips to the surrounding area. Because this is your first trip, I would definitely recommend a trip that stops at The Baths in Virgin Gorda. This area is amazing. HUGE boulders are in the water. You can snorkel through this area and see some beautiful fish. It is a great day trip. (This is assuming you like to be out in the water.) On Tortola, try to avoid being near downtown when the cruise ships drop off passengers. It is crazy. You should be able to get a cruise ship schedule while you are there. You will have a choice of many beaches on Tortola. Please do rent a car or jeep to explore a different beach each day. Hope this gets you started. Which month are you going?
I've said this on other boards about Tortola, it's a great place to be and if you can do some day trips, head over (by boat) to Jost Van Dyke. It's a little island with a bar called Foxy's, great place to spend the afternoon !!!
If you can swing it, take a day trip to Anegada - north shore snorkeling is great right off the incredible beaches. Lobblolly beach has a great bar and restaurant (lobster and/or the best grouper I've ever had).
Also go over to Virgin Gorda and see the Bathes. Better if you stay there and go before the ferry arrives but worth it non the less.
Hi Rscott. Thanks for the additional information. Even though we have been to VG numerous times, we haven't been to Anegada yet! We are planning to go in September. We have two choices; Dave's Double D Charter boats for a day trip or there is a ferry a few days a week from VG to Anegada. If we go alone, what would you recommend we do? Also, how would we get there from the ferry dock? I assume there are car rentals. Not sure if this is practical for a day trip. Can you snorkel off of Lobblolly beach? Any other snorkel sites you would recommend? Also how big is the island? Thanks for any information. Can't wait!
We went by boat on a day trip from Biras Creek where we were staying, so I can't help you with the charter, but we left at 9:30 and were back by 4 so it is doable as a day trip.But once there they have "taxis "(pickups with benches) that will take you to the north shore beaches. We only went to Lobblolly where you can snorkel right off the beach, but in checking out staying there I read that CowPens (?) is also very good. I am thinking that next time back to BVI will stay for 2/3 days there, roughing it then back to one of the other islands. Hope this helps
Why don't you consider staying a few extra days and going over to Virgin Gorda to stay at either Biras Creek (on LL) or The Bitter End Yacht Club? What is special about these resorts is that they have sailboats you can go exploring on if you're a sailor, they have 10' dingies for nearby island exploringand snorkling and they also have regular excursions ( numerous snorkling sites, Anegada, the Baths, etc.) offered by the resort staff. The Bitter End Yacht Club also has a sailing school. The British Virgin Islands are best experienced by water! I've never been to Peter Island, just sailed by it, but LL also hasa Peter Island Resort package which sounds good. The resort has a great reputation. Hope you have a wonderful vacation! The BVI has never disappointed us.
I just got back from Tortola and it was my first time there. Blown away! All the islands are so close you can get to everything. Definitely the Baths in Virgin Gorda - stop at the Pirate Ship for lunch off Norman Island. The Jolly Roger in Tortola is fun for dinner because the fish swim right at the dock so you can see them. Bananakeet for the sunset and the food is very good. Go to Soper's Hole and there are lots of charter boats - sail and power. And the neatest beach is Smuggler's Cove because it's for locals. Do not forget bug spray. The mosquitoes can be brutal at night and you can't see them. I am already planning to go back because I just fell in love with the BVI.
Relentless1. I agree! As I say though...get their now! There is a lot of development in the area. (look at my BVI blog.) Mosquito Island is being considered for development as is Beef Island (they plan to add a golf course there.) Enjoy the islands while they are still pristine. We have been going every year and can't wait to go back again. Glad you enjoyed!