What to do and see in Road Town, British Virgin Islands: The Best Places and Tips

December 29, 2017 Marlin Saiz

The former haunt of pirates, the Dutch and the English and Tortola's main town, Road Town is within reach of secluded beaches and hidden coves. The island displays the same leisurely pace as other British Virgin Islands, with festivals and regattas across the calendar. Helicopter and sea charters and diving are popular activities. On land, the ruins of Fort Burt and the still functioning Callwood Rum Distillery provide fun daytrips. Catch a cab between sights or rent a car to get out of town.
Restaurants in Road Town

1. Rhone National Marine Park

Lee Bay, Salt Island, Road Town, Tortola
Excellent
80%
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15%
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Rhone National Marine Park

Park that encompasses the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a mail ship that sunk during a hurricane in 1867, and Dead Chest Island, both great dive sites.

Reviewed By jackg0lfski - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

I have been to about 24 Caribbean dive operations & Sail Caribbean is among the best. The owners, Mike & Melisande Rowe were on site every day to insure an excellent experience. The staff was well trained, professional & very safety conscious. The Newton dive boats were well equipped & in excellent condition. I dove the RMS Rhone 4 times which is too much. The blown up ship is scattered over the ocean floor & worth 1 or 2 dives. I like wrecks that are in 1 piece. The reefs are in excellent shape with numerous fish. There were reef sharks, nurse sharks, turtles, lobsters, bennies, cleaner shrimp, banded crabs & more. The dive groups were small with1 to 4 divers per guide. The visibility was good & the current was generally weak. I do not believe in repeating, but this could be a repeat.

2. Anegada Island

Road Town, Tortola +1 809-495-8002
Excellent
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4.5 based on 536 reviews

Anegada Island

Anegada or the "drowned island" is completely surrounded by shallow reefs, and has become the focal point of underwater diving due to the many historic shipwrecks that litter the island's underwater depths.

Reviewed By Aric G - Miami, Florida

Belle came out and was not expecting us. She was getting ready to close for the season. I'm sure her supplies were light and energy low after coming threw her high season. She put on a smile, served us amazing cocktails and cooked us such a fun lunch. Cannot pay her enough gratitude for opening her doors the way she did. Made our day and a memory for life.

3. Josiah's Bay

Tortola
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Josiah's Bay

A lovely beach sweeping for half a mile, which provides a great place to swim, snorkel, sunbathe or just relax and watch the pelicans dive for fish.

Reviewed By fizzy1991 - Nashville, Tennessee

This is a great beach with very few people. It has an interesting history too as it was a plantation that grew sweet potatoes on one side and sugar cane on the other. There are no more ruins from that time but it is a lovey beach.

4. Dolphin Discovery Tortola

Prospect Reef Resort, Road Town VG1110, Tortola +1 866-393-5158
Excellent
59%
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4 based on 472 reviews

Dolphin Discovery Tortola

Dolphin Discovery invites you to live the dream of swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean paradise of Tortola. We offer a range of programs for all ages, a family-friendly adventure you will never forget.

Reviewed By bsayerspr - San Juan, Puerto Rico

We had wanted to swim with dolphins for a few years. This trip to Tortola allowed us to finally enjoy the experience.
The staff were all really friendly and helpful.
We go the package with all the photos, it may be "pricey" but to have a record of the memories we made there, worth it.

119 Main Street, Road Town VG1110, Tortola +1 284-494-2178
Excellent
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop & Art Gallery

The Arts, the Crafts, the Flavours and Fragrances…the Best of the Caribbean can be yours! Located in what was Tortola's first guest house, Sunny Caribbee offers an eclectic collection of spices, sauces, cosmetics, art and craftwork all either made or designed in the West Indies. Open 7 days in season and now with a second location at Sopers Hole in West End.

Reviewed By coqui_coqui_jet - California

A fun place to walk to from the cruise ship. I had read about the shop beforehand and since we have cooks in the family, plus cooks for friends, i bought several gifts to bring home. They were wrapped securely and the staff was very friendly. The best part, though, was the delightful iced tea that we sampled straight in the door. Great for us who are not used to the heat and humidity of the BVI"s. Art works were lovely and worth taking your time to view. Enjoy this little shop, for it was unique.

6. Brewers Bay

Tortola
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

Brewers Bay

An exceptional bay and beach area on Tortola's north shore, which is protected by boulder-strewn barrier reefs, making this stretch of water popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reviewed By daviones - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Brewers bay for me was one of the most virgin beach in Tortola. The environment around make that you feel are in solitaire island! Is extremely relax, clean and beautiful! The nature around is like a paradise.

7. Cane Garden Bay

Cane Garden Bay Rd, Tortola
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4.5 based on 952 reviews

Cane Garden Bay

Centrally located on Tortola's north side, this is probably the busiest beach since its beauty is often compared to Magen's Bay on St. Thomas.

Reviewed By hereinma2017 - Lawrence, Massachusetts

Cane Garden Bay is an awesome beach which offers a variety of establishments serving food, spirits, and music. Also the cruise ships bring many people here so there's always activity on the days the ships are in port. Plan to spend the afternoon and relax and enjoy.

8. J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Station Ave., Road Town VG1110, Tortola +1 809-494-4557
Excellent
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3.5 based on 72 reviews

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Established in 1986, this 4.5-acre garden displays a beautiful array of indigenous and exotic flowers and plants, in addition to the tropical birds that make the Garden's miniature tropical rainforest their home.

Reviewed By RidgeRider01 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Very tired botanical garden. Can sit back and relax. A few worthwhile plants. Takes about 1 hour to walk the trails.

9. 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum

Station Ave, Road Town, Tortola +1 284-494-9206
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum

Reviewed By Brian D - Denver, Colorado

This museum is located in an old sugar processing plant which used to be located right on the shore. It is now located approximately 1 mile off the shore as the land area has since been filled to expand the shore. Museum contains a wide range of history for the BVI, including slavery, development, modernization, athletics, women, maritime, flora, fauna, fish, animals and more! There really is something for everyone who has any interest in learning about the history of the BVI. There are three separate rooms for browsing as well as a basement with some antique ship tools and instruments. In the main room when you first enter is a cotton machine that shows how the seeds were extracted and the cotton was pressed into 400 pound bales. This is just one of hundreds of interesting tools and artifacts from the past 150 years. Museum is conveniently located and is approximately a 20-25 minute walk from the shore.

10. North Shore Shell Museum

North Shore Rd., Road Town, Tortola +1 284-495-4714
Excellent
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4 based on 29 reviews

North Shore Shell Museum

A cluttered Carrot Bay museum with thousands of shells on display, as well as boats and various crafts.

Reviewed By simply-peregrinating - Burnley, United Kingdom

This isn't what is generally perceived as a museum but rather as a collection of shells and sayings. It was started about 25 years ago by a local man, who is keen to show you his 'museum'. He has collected sayings from older people and painted them on boards, some are amusing and others not very understandable. He has also got a few old bits and pieces like crockery scattered about. The man is very proud of his 'museum' and it's worth spending 10 - 15 minutes with him. There is no entrance fee but you can put a donation in a box without obligation.

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