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Trip Report Tortola Trip Report-June 2006 Part 1

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Please forgive typos and bad grammar. I typed this really fast.

Overall Impression

Tortola is a lovely, uncrowded island, with lots to explore. We usually go to St. John, so it was fun to explore a new place. We went in low season, so it was a great deal less crowded than St. John is in June. We never waited to have dinner. In most restaurants, there wouldn’t be more than a few couples. Tortola is much more remote than other places we’ve been. There are chickens and cows running around loose. Many of the roads are dirt, and many of the buildings are run down, but, in a way that’s part of Tortola’s charm.

Many breathtaking views and lovely beaches around every turn. We would definitely go back. Don’t get too excited about the food there. It’s not an eating destination, although we had some good, simple meals. Definitely get 4 wheel drive. It rained a little almost every day, so we were grateful to have it.

I would probably skip that shell musuem, although it is pretty funny. I tried to drag my husband in there for breakfast, but he said it didn’t look “up to code” ha ha! I’m sure it was our loss. Never made it to Myetts, Quittos, Sugar Mill, Long Bay, either, but wanted to. Found almost everything we needed right there by Sebastian’s.

Thanks to ejcrowe, greenie, saharabee, tess53, kateny17, beth48, Moglet, Islander, druckerm,
and all you other great posters for helping me plan this trip.

Check out our photo album:

Day 1
Missed our flight out of DFW, so long day of standbys. Finally arrived in Tortola around 9:00 or so. Hertz and National have offices right in the airport. So our car was ready to go. No shuttle. Arrived at Sebastians on the Beach late (, but they were still there.

Day 2
Breakfast at Sebastians was good. Got in our little jeep and drove all over the island. Went past Smugglers cove, then around Steele Point to Sopers Hole (roads are dirt and rock, can be hairy, especially when it’s raining.) Then to Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay. Now we have our bearings! Dinner at Sebastians was lovely. We ordered the lobster to split. It was $38 and was easily as big as my arm. Sebastians is a perfect small resort. Nothing fancy, but everything you need. We would stay there again. However, the staff at Sebastians (in restaurant and office) are really not that friendly. Has anyone else encountered that, or is it just me? We thought they were rude, so we decided never to eat there again. They put a 15% gratuity automatically into your bill, so I guess they feel like they don’t have to try. So they were marked off the list early in the trip. We had some friends that did Sebastian’s all inclusive deal. I felt sorry for them after a few days, they were stuck eating there for every meal. I wouldn’t recommend the all inclusive. After dinner we walked down the beach and had a drink with Bomba.

Day 3
Quick trip to Sopers Hole for provisions, plus, we love to look at the boats. Then spent all day at Smugglers Cove, which was by far our favorite beach. Good snorkeling on both sides. There are a couple of little bars where you can get drinks, food, and rent chairs. Dinner at CocoPlums was fun and delicious. Don’t miss their conch fritters. We met Steve and Lili, a couple from Kemah, Texas who are sailing around the world. Check out there website: After dinner we were torn between the full moon party, or watching game 2 of the basketball finals. We are big Mavs fans. We chose the full moon party at Bomba Shack, and low and behold, they had a TV and the game was on. Met lots of crazy people from Texas, and the Mavs won (those days are gone). I think everyone should catch this full moon party at least once in their lives. That is, if you are not offended easily. We left before they broke out the mushroom tea, but rumor has it they have weakened it over the years for the sake of the tourists.

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