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Old June 14th, 2005, 06:54 AM
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Has anyone been at this port and can suggest something to do??? Can you do this island on your own and has anyone been to Lambert Beach??? Or does anyone know if there is parasailing anywhere here???? Thanks for the info!
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Old June 15th, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Tortola is a bit different from many of it's nearby neighbors. Unlike St Thomas or St Martin, this main island in the British Virgin islands remains much more unspoiled.
No glitz, no malls, no streets lined with shopping. You will land in Road town and there are a few shops, at least one nice "watering hole" (Pussers) and a craft/art area.
Lambert is one of several beach possibilities for you , the most popular for cruise tourists being Cane Garden Bay.
There is only one parasailing operation on Tortola I am aware of. It is located in the West end, perhaps a 15 minute ride by cab along the shore from Roadtown.
Sopers Hole Marina, , West End Tortola , Phone 284-495-4967.
For all the information you will ever need about this port (one of my favorates)
look into bviwelcome.com an official tourism site .
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Old June 15th, 2005, 02:16 PM
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Thanks Papa Bill! What would you suggest for first timers there????
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Old June 15th, 2005, 02:36 PM
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How long do you have there ? For example the stop for Legend is from 7am to 2pm . Early in the morning nothing is open and you have to head back to the ship by 12:30 . Others are all day.
I would say pick one thing and do it if you have only a short stop.
If parasailing is a must then call and reserve in advance. Try to do so early so you leave time for something else.
What is something else? Beach. Cane Garden Bay is most popular and offers all you need for a good beach day. It can get crowded . Other Beach options are many and include Brewers BaY, Smugglers Bay etc.
There is a Dolphin Experience in Tortola. With a ship in town it will sell out as a ships excursion and they won't book you individually.
Another popular option is to take a ships excursion (by ferry) to Virgin Gorda and visit te famous beach at the Baths (and neighboring Devils Bay) . Huge , bus sized boulders surround a beautiful beach area and make for excellent snorkelling here as well. At the top of the parking lot for the Baths is a small bar/restaurant called Mad Dogs . Don't mistake it for The Top Of The Baths. They make the best Pina Colada on the face of the planet with 100% fresh ingredients and local rum. If you go to Virgin Gorda, yo might not be able to get in much more.
If I had a whole day in Tortola , (and I wanted to Para Sail) I'd book the parasail early. Take a cab to the West end and ask the driver to come back and get you when that is over. Take a cab to Cane Garden Bay, ask for a little sightseeing tour on the way. Spend a few hours on this beach. Have lunch and a few Caribs (beer) or painkillers
(rum drink) in one of the restaurants such as Stanleys, Elm, Myetts right on the beach.
Take a cab back to Road town, take a few photos and end your day on the porch at Pussers (where the pain killer was invented). Walk back to the ship and relax.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 07:07 AM
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Dear PapaBill, No parasailing not a must. We have 4 other stops that we can do it at. My husband has never parasailed and wants to do it!!! We are in Tortola from 7 a.m. till 3:30. A lot of people say go to the Baths. We love to snorkle so that might be good! Thanks you are very helpful!
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Tortola is all about enjoying the natural beauty and relaxation. Take a walk through some of the towns and meet some people. Don't be an ugly American (translation: "What does this island offer for me because it's all about me after all...") and you'll have a blast.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 10:27 AM
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Thanks, probably what we will do! We have 5 different ports to stop at and want to relax at most. Probably even back on the boat where it is not crowded! Thanks again!
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Old June 26th, 2005, 02:37 PM
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We were in Tortola on the Star Princess this past February. It was our favorite stop. We took the trip sponsored by the cruise ship to Lambert Beach. It was a full day with lunch and well worth the money. It is a beautiful island and not yet spoiled by too much commercialism. If you are up early in the morning when the ship is approaching Tortola the view is extraordinary. Enjoy!
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Old June 26th, 2005, 03:17 PM
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Thanks there is an excursion to Lambert Beach, sounds good! Thanks for the info!!
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Old July 29th, 2005, 02:59 PM
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Our ship stops in Tortola in Sept. It looks to be one of the islands that offers alot to do (as opposed to shopping all day!). I had a hard time choosing what to do. I found so many cool things to see such a Virgin Gorda, Norman Island, and the Bomba Shack. I wish the cruise ship would stay there a 2nd day so I don't have to feel so rushed to see all the beauty that's there and see the people & their surfs & beaches!
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We stopped at Tortola last September and we took the jeep ride up into the hills. It was really nice! We stopped at Pusser's for a free drink, then did a little shopping there. I got a really great canvas carry-all with their logo on it. The driver was really nice about stopping at all the best places to get photos. We saw banana trees, lots of goats and chickens, and overall just a good view of what island life there is like. Very lowkey and relaxing, it seemed! Wouldn't you love to spend a month in a little house high on one of those hills, watching the ocean and sitting under a lovely palm tree, sipping your morning tea?
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