Where to stay In Tortola?

Old Nov 7th, 2001, 01:31 PM
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Where to stay In Tortola?

We will be in Tortola for 3 nights (after a week in USVI), and would appreciate recommendations on where to stay there. Love overlooking a beach and snorkeling!
Old Nov 7th, 2001, 03:29 PM
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There are sure lots of options to wade through. If peak, you may have trouble getting a room at some places for only 3 nights.<BR><BR>Although none are technically on the beach, there are several spots at Cane Garden Bay. Quantity of options exist here. Nice beach and OK snorkeling. Better snorkeling is a short ride away at Brewer's Bay. Lots of activity at CGB though, with restaurants/bars/bands.<BR><BR>Some other options could be Cooper Island Beach Club or Pusser's-Marina Cay. Though I haven't seen any first hand comments on the latter, it does have the physical attributes you want, especially the snorkeling.<BR><BR>Some feedback on your trip would help. Where are you staying in the USVI? Any budgetary preferences? Want isolation or activity? When are you visiting? Would you consider Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada?<BR><BR>You'll get some great help from some knowledgable folks here, especially if you can help them hone-in a bit more or what you really want/prefer.<BR><BR>Dave<BR><BR>
Old Nov 7th, 2001, 09:35 PM
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On Tortola my favorite spot is Frenchman's Cay with its great down-island views. However, if it's a great beach and good snorkling you want, you might want to explore Virgin Gorda and some of the other BVI's.
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 02:28 PM
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Dave: We are travelling Feb 16-19...I'm not totally sold on tortula, but it seemed easier to get back to St. Thomas (where our flight is) from there rather than virgin Gorda. In St. Thomas we are staying at the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort. We want activity over isolation--any suggestions on things to do, please advise! Thanks!
Old Nov 8th, 2001, 04:34 PM
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Ditto Karen's comments. Frenchmans Cay gives you a small villa for the price of the usual resort room. The views are the best I've seen in the BVI. When you say "overlooking a beach" I'm interpreting that to mean at a height above the beach, not on it. If correct, then Frenchman's is the place. You're 25 feet above the beach and maybe 75-100 yds back from it. Tremendous view of many islands. Great food. Small with only 9 villas. Not surrounded or bordered by any other properties. Moreover, it's a mile or so from the West End ferry terminal so you can come direct from Charlotte Amalie to West End. No need to go all the way to Road Town, which will cut an hour and a half and $40.00 off cabs and time spent waiting and riding in cabs and ferries. <BR>Regarding snorkeling, Frenchman's is nominal, but I've not any information on other resorts that are better.<BR>Another option if you want to be literally on the beach (meaning sand on your doorstep) is Ft. Recovery. It's across the bay from Frenchman's and about 3 miles from the above mentioned ferry. Also, very nice. Also in the mid-range dollar-wise. Both will arrange for the local National car rental to come and pick you up, take you to their lot, and do the rental thing.<BR>If you want the phenomenal, sweeping zillion yard long crystal white beach, go to Olde Yard Inn on Virgin Gorda. A longer ferry ride as I'm sure you know, but OYI has a great rep as a small, intimate, friendly beachside resort with excellent food.<BR>Back to Tortola... given your specs, I have no other recommendations.
Old Nov 9th, 2001, 07:23 AM
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Joel-<BR>Thanks alot--It looks like it's Frenchman's for us...Thanks again!

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