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Old January 4th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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Has anyone been to Tortula? Any nice/fun beaches there?

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Old January 10th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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We've been to Tortola twice and both times we took the ferry to Virgin Gorda and went to "The Baths". Nice beaches with lots of great scenery. Huge boulders, bigger than houses, are stacked in and around the water. There is a path through these boulders that connects to another beach.

We walked into town to the ferry dock, 10 minutes, and bought round trip tickets that included a round trip cab ride from the ferry dock to The Baths. Very reasonable, about $35 each.

We enjoyed the beaches and snorkeling. A few pictures of the area can been seen at:

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If you're stopping at Tortolla, definitely catch the ferry to Virgin Gorda and spend the day at the Baths. It was the highlight of my cruise on the Star Princess a few years ago.

Giant boulders are tossed about the beach haphazzardly and lean on each other to form tunnels underneath where the surf rolls in and out. There are lots of hidden grottos between the rocks and tiny private little surf pools. I found a secluded spot, set up camp and was so relaxed I almost missed my ship!
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Hi there,
We'll be in Tortola only from 9-2. I'm wondering if we have time to safely get to Virgin Gorda and back on the ferry or if we should book the ship's excursion. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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That was about the same amount of time I was at Tortolla. I did book my excursion to the Baths at Virgin Gorda through the cruise line. That way the ship was sure to wait for us to get back. If we booked on our own and our ferry was late, the ship has no obligation to wait. On a tight schedule like yours, you should probably do the same. There should be enough time to enjoy at least a few hours at the Baths that way.

I don't know if there's more than one ferry. If you want to do it yourself and save a little money, maybe you could find out how many ferries there are and just be sure to be on the same one your cruise line books - if they'll wait for passengers on that ferry and you're with them then you should be fine.

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Thanks, I think that is our best option just to be safe.
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Any suggestions that DON'T require a lot of walking or climbing? I've heard you have to hike to the baths and I simply can't do that. So does anyone have a suggestion for Tortola itself?
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The walk from the parking lot to the beach at the baths at Virgin Gorda is a about 1/10th of a mile and it's a very gentle slope. To truly enjoy the rock formations once you get to the beach takes a little more effort, but the beach itself is beautiful if that's as far as you can make it.

I didn't spend any time on Tortolla except to catch the ferry to Virgin Gorda. Sorry I don't have any advice for Tortolla.
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Tortola is absolutely gorgeous. If you are docked there all day, you should go to a beach. I was there in November, and we took a taxi to Long Bay beach. Its about a 30 minute roller-coaster ride since the terrain is so hilly! hold on! but it it definetley worth it.
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I couldn't do the walk at The Baths. Thanks Kristina for the beach suggestions. What else is there to see there? We have heard about a botonical garden. What about just a basic island tour, is there anything to see?
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Cane Garden Bay is a lovely beach with very calm (usually) water. Unfortunately it's a bit more built up than it used to be but it's still nice. The first time I went there were maybe 10 people on the beach! There are a few restaurants that serve decent food (avoid Stanley's) like Quito's and Myett's. Long Bay Beach is also beautiful but a bit farther from the port and there are no restaurants or facilities of any kind except for the hotel which is the most expensive place on the island.

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Maybe we'll just hire a cab to take us on a tour and stop off at one of the beaches. We leave in 3 days and I have nothing planned for Tortola. I guess we'll play it by ear! Thanks for all those who answered questions. I know I want to at least see the beaches. We are only there from 7 - 3 and I'm sure I won't have breakfast done to be one of the first off the ship. We'll get off more like 8 - 9 in the morning and go from there.
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I have seen people arrive at Cane Garden Bay by an open air bus that holds quite a few passengers, so that is probably a good option given the time constraints. If you want to be around less of your fellow cruisemates you could go to Josiah's Bay but it is really more for surfers as the waves are quite huge.

There is a hotel call the Sugar Mill that has a lovely but very small beach and they serve lunch there under a structure on the beach. The food at the hotel is the best on the island (we stayed there for a week once and tried most of the restaurants). Also, just a bit down from there is another beach and there is a funky bar called Bomba's shack (it really is a shack on the beach, so don't expect much).

I could send you some photos if you like...just let me know.

Enjoy Tortola...you will want to go back and spend more time there.
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If you can't do Virgin Gorda, then Cane Bay is fine. The BVI are very different from most other islands. There is not a lot of flash (casinos, raucous bars and beaches, etc) and the residents are mostly a laid back conservative lot. I spent a week there at Prospect Reef and had a great time even though the sidewalks were rolled up about 9pm.
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