Apple Bay Beach (North Shore, Tortola) — known as “the Surfing Beach,” Apple Bay is home of the surfer’s bar, Bomba’s Shack, as well as a small community, guest villas, and Sebastian’s and Sugar Mill hotels. The beach’s best swimming is on its western end where the seabed has fewer rocks. The eastern portion is a haven for surfers in the winter months when a north sea swell makes this one of the Caribbean’s favorite surf breaks.
Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant (Setting Point, Anegada) — breakfast at the Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant is your basic continental affair, while lunch rolls out a selection lite offerings including sandwiches, soups, and salads. For dinner, fresh fish from local fisherman can’t be caught, and grill favorites like baby back ribs and steaks are just as delicious. Anegada Reef Hotel Restaurant is a popular grill that happens to specialize in eclectic cuisine. One can expect the setting and food here to be very casual. The ferry dock is right next door, so expect a crowd shortly after it arrives. Dinner reservations are required by 4 pm.
Bomba’s Surfside Shack (North Shore Road, Apple Bay, Tortola) – the bar owner, whose name happens to be Bomba, built his surfside shack on the beach in Cappoons Bay, Tortola in 1976. Not having a lot of money for building supplies, he used driftwood, pieces of tin roofing, broken surf boards and anything else he was able to find or which happened to wash up on the beach. The end result is a beach bar like none other, distinctly eclectic, ever changing, collage of trash … which somehow works. In 1989, Bomba decided to hold full moon parties, a tradition which continues today. Much like an island style tailgate party, the full moon party takes place on the road between Bomba’s two buildings and provides an excellent opportunity for people watching, limin’ and having a great time!
1748 Restaurant (Long Bay Beach Resort, Long Bay Rd., Long Bay, Tortola) — Delightfully informal, ‘1748’ is a popular beachfront deck restaurant. Part of an 18th-century sugar mill, it offers buffet breakfasts, as well as extensive lunch and dinner menus featuring anything from grills and fresh seafood to tasty local dishes. Special weekly events include a ‘Barbecue Cook-out’ and a ‘Taste of Tortola’ buffet, both evenings featuring live entertainment.
Callwood Rum Distillery (Cane Garden Bay, Tortola) – located about 100 yards away from Cane Garden Bay’s beach, this distillery goes back 400 years. The Arundel Estate (the distillery’s original name) is the oldest, continuously operated rum-making facility in the Eastern Caribbean. For the last two hundred years, the Callwood family has handed down this manufacturing tradition in Cane Garden Bay from father to son. The distillery, a few hundred yards west of the Post Office, is a working museum. As the last distillery operating in Tortola, it is playing an important role in preserving the island heritage. The original boiler still operates and produces rum, which in then stored in original storage casks. The old guard house is also intact and has been turned into an art gallery and gift shop. Free admission. Call for more info: (284) 495-9383.
ATV Adventure Tour (Jost Van Dyke) – visitors staying in Tortola can arrange bookings with their hotel for this unique tour of neighboring Jost Van Dyke Island (conducted by various local operators). From US$158 on, guests will be transported from Road Town (Tortola) to Jost Van Dyke island via boat (during the boat ride, guests can have fun on the trampoline and jump into the water, venture out on a banana boat or use the snorkel gear). After being given a brief safety lesson, participants will provided with 200cc Rally all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), enabling them to explore the 4-square mile island’s rough terrain on a 6-hour adventure (including forays into the mountains – where panoramic photos of the island can be taken).
Arawak Interiors (Nanny Cay Marina, Nanny Cay, Tortola) – operating three stores within Tortola, this retailer offers batik sundresses, footwear, sportswear, resort wear for men and women, children’s wear, as well as furniture.
Ample Hamper (Inner Harbour Marina, Road Town, Tortola; and Frenchman’s Cay Marina, West End, Tortola) – this food retailer has an outstanding collection of cheeses, wines, fresh fruits, and canned goods from the United Kingdom and USA. Many shoppers are there to stock up their yacht or rental villa. It also has a selection of wines from France, Spain, California, Chile, Italy, and Australia.
Bitter End Yacht Club (North Sound, Virgin Gorda) – local bands play throughout the week here.
Beef Island – this is a small island just east of Tortola, and is connected to that island by the Queen Elizabeth Bridge. Beef Island’s importance for BVI is the fact that the main commercial airport that serves Tortola and other nearby islands (Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport / IAIA code EIS) is located there. Trellis Bay, a small town and beach (with a market, restaurants, coffee shops and local crafts) is just a walk away from the airport. It is said that Beef Island got its name from the area’s piracy days in the 1700s, when it was used to raise cattle.