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jen Jan 21st, 2002 07:55 AM

Tortola beaches -- bumpy ride?
 
I am planning a trip to Tortola. Although I don't plan to spend all my time at the beach, I would like to visit some of the nicer ones... However, I have a back problem and have heard that the ride to some of the island's beaches is a recipe for whiplash! Any comments? Thanks!

KATE Jan 21st, 2002 09:17 AM

Almost all the roads on TOrtola are similar to a rollercoaster...Twists and turns, steep inclines etc. It is an adventure to drive!!! I have a slipped disc and was fine driving. You just have to go slow!!! Good luck...

jen Jan 21st, 2002 09:22 AM

Twists and turns I can handle -- it jarring bumps that worry me!

chazz Jan 21st, 2002 10:29 AM

Sounds like a good reason to rent a vehicle, rather than take taxis. That way YOU can control the speed.<BR><BR>We thought the bumpy ride to Smuggler's Cove (dirt road) was well worth it. When a faster vehicle came up behind us, we just looked for a place to pull over so it could pass and we could keep plodding along.<BR><BR>You will want a 4WD - not for traction, but for ground clearance.<BR><BR>There are numerous speed bumps on the paved road along the north shore. Just slow down to about 2 MPH and you'll be fine.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>

Karen Jan 21st, 2002 11:13 AM

The ride into Smuggler's is pretty bad. I thought sure I was gonna need a new kidney each time I did it. You can walk in if that's easier on you but it is a hot walk! Brewer's is a bit of a walk too. Those are your two nicest beaches.


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