Road Town, located on Tortola, is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. It is situated on the horseshoe-shaped Road Harbour in the centre of the island’s south coast. The name is derived from the nautical term “the roads”, a place less sheltered than a harbour but which ships can easily get to.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is from September to November.
Top Places to Visit in Road Town
1. Cane Garden Bay
Cane Garden Bay is the most popular, populous, and touristy of the beaches available. Boats moor here, and on the nearly 3/4 mi length there are five restaurants, one bar and two vendors. It is also the only beach where there is a supermarket nearby. Live music is common. You will find it a Myett’s. Elms and Quito’s, where local guitar legend Quito Rhymer often plays. There are two parts to this beach and one half, before Quito’s dock, has no bars or restaurants and so mostly deserted. Cane Garden Bay is “ground zero” for all cruise ships. That means when cruise ships are in it will be crowded. If you want to go the the beach, go early so you can get a decent spot. Also, you want to arrive before many of the “vendors” that place chairs and lounges in the best locations and then rent you the chair. Cane Garden Bay, like all beaches in the BVI’s are public and you have just as much right as the chair rental vendors.
Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands.Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning “land of the Turtle Dove”. Columbus named the island Santa Ana.
3. Virgin Gorda Island
Virgin Gorda, is a major water sports center in the British Virgin Islands. The area offers well-protected waters and many anchorages, with every kind of boat and water activity available – diving, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing, water-skiing, glass bottom boats, and trips to secluded beaches. Hiking is also another popular activity in the region. Since the channel and surrounding areas can only be reached by boat, the North Sound is extremely popular with yachters and private charterers.
4. Peter Island
The fifth-largest island in the British Virgin Islands, Peter Island is shaped like the letter “L” and covers 729 hectares of land. Only 6.5 kilometers south of Road Town, Peter Island was first settled in the 17th century by German slave traders who established a cotton plantation along with several Tortolians. After the abolition of slavery, Peter Island returned to its natural state. The island offers excellent diving and snorkeling sites, five beaches, hiking trails, and roads for trail biking.
5. White Bay Beach
White Bay is most popular beach and one of the most beautiful in all the British Virgin Islands. Steep hills plunge to this long sweep of dazzling white sand, which is sheltered by a barrier reef. The reef protects the waters from waves and swells and creates excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities. A channel through the center of the reef allows entrance for the many boats that anchor in the turquoise waters.