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Trip Report Tortola & SADE villa rental

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We flew to St. Thomas and stayed overnight and then took an AM ferry to Tortola. This was less expensive and I think easier than flying directly to Tortola and trying to drive to our villa at the opposite end of the island in the dark.

Everyone was so helpful on Tortola, I was amazed and it was the friendliest Caribbean island experience I have had. We rented a villa with friends, Sade and everyone at the ferry port was willing to help us find our rental car, the grocery store and ultimately the villa.

The location of Sade (pronounced SHA-DE'), is on Smugglers Cove, so further away from other areas and quite and safe, but plan on having a designated driver as you will need someone sober to navigate the steep windy island roads. Being from colorado, I'm no stranger to windy narrow roads, but this was a lot steeper than I was used to for paved roads and I peeled out a couple times on the switchback curves trying to climb them in a 4 wheel drive. The final road to Sade is dirt, so a 4WD is probably a good idea for that too since rain creates mud and potholes. We did walk around the point to West End and Sopers Hole and then back over a shortcut road over the top back down to Sade, but it took us about 3 hours and the climb over the top is fairly steep with about 400feet of elevation gain.
The home was very nice, furnishings that are in good shape including comfortable beds and nice decor. The kitchen is of reasonable size, but there isn't a pantry so most of our food ended up being stored on one counter leaving only the island for a cooking surface. We were only 5 people, so I imagine if there were 8-10 that things would get a lot more crowded in the kitchen. Perhaps some of the dishes could be condensed to allow for some cabinets for food storage. The fridge wouldn't get very cold even at max settings, and the freezer thawed several times leaking melted ice cubes all over the floor, so that probably needs to be fixed or replaced. A nicer TV in the living room would also be great. Wifi was spotty on the lower level and non-existent in the lower bedrooms. Good views from the top floor to Jost Van Dyke.
The pool area was spacious with comfy lounges, umbrellas and evening lighting. It's not heated, but was still a refreshing dip during the winter season. It's 6 feet deep all around, so unless you want to sit still on the stairs or bench, bring some floats. Better yet it would be great if the owners and leasing agents could supply a couple floats as well as snorkel gear for guest use. Otherwise snorkel gear can be rented from one of the Dive shops in Sopers Hole for $18 a week.
The beach is super close and we were glad to be here instead of higher up on the mountain and have to drive or walk down and then back up. Seemed safe, a couple vendors selling stuff out of their cars, but otherwise quiet. Snorkeling was pretty good and saw plenty of fish and coral and the fan coral is still in good shape. Best stuff is mostly off to the left side.
The price is a bit higher than other places on the island, probably due to it's location as given a few of the concerns above, it's probably not the best value.

We also went on two boat trips one with Aristocat charters on the Lionheart to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. Great experience and fun boat and captain. The other was with Mystique to Jost Van Dyke, loved hanging out at the Soggy Dollar on White Bay, but the crew was just ok.

We spent a day on Cane garden bay paddle boarding and enjoying the regge music. Food there was just ok at Myett's, but I thought Quito's was better for dinner.

We spent time at Frenchman's for a tasty sunday brunch which was also very memorable and enjoyed haning out there afterward swimming and kayaking. Best value meal of the week!

Tortola was overall my favorite caribbean island experience so far, and I hope to go back some day or perhaps to Virgin Gorda.

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