Overlooking Round Bay
photo by Tim Jansa

Road Town, on the island of Tortola is the capital of the British Virgin Islands.

Getting there

By air

  • Tortola's main airport is Beef Island Airport (IATA : EIS) off the East End.

  • Road Town Airport (IATA : RAD). A small airport with connections to Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas and Saint Croix.

By boat

  • The Tortola ferry is available from Saint Thomas.

  • Road Town is Tortola's port for cruise ships.

Things to do

  • BVI Scuba Co , 1.284.540.2222, 8AM-6PM, Inner Harbour, Road Town, across from the cruise ship terminal, Offering daily scuba diving trips, snorkeling and eco-tours, scuba equipment rentals and dive gear sales. They offer free delivery within the BVI and have access to over 40 unmarked dive sites as well as famous dive sites such as the wreck of the Rhone, the Indians, Norman Island, etc.



  • Roti Palace, Main Street in Road Town, offers roti (Indian flat bread) wrapped around various curries from vegetable to goat.

  • Capriccio's, on the Waterfront in Road Town. A proper Italian cafe with pizzas and daily pasta specials. Arguably the best food on the island.

  • The Road Town Bakery, Main Street offers sandwiches and really fantastic pastries. There are only a couple of tables outside here so its primarily take-away.

  • Serendipity Bookshop Cafe, in an old West Indian house on Main Street. Offers espresso, paninis, wraps and has internet access.

  • Indigo Moods, near the Roundabout. Offers vegan fare - tofu in different ways served plated or in a roti.


In Road Town and its environs, Nexus, Village Cay Marina, the Pub, and Le Cabanon have good but unremarkable food at mid-range prices. Le Cabanon and Village Cay Marina are more popular as loud and fun bars.


If $200 for two for a meal with wine is what you are looking for, then try these places.

  • Dove

  • 18 Abbot Lane


  • Le Cabanon, casually known as "The Cab." An excellent bar with a great crowd in the heart of Road Town, the Cab has great, friendly bartenders, and a clientele composed mostly of ex-pat workers and tourists. Revelry here is par for the course from Thursday to Saturday night.

  • The Royal BVI Yacht Club, just west of town. Too bad Javier Fletcher and Phil Medeiros don't jam out that sweet sweet music at sushi night anymore. This is mostly frequented by English ex-pats and hosts races and the local rugby club.



  • Peter Island Resort, 1-800-346-4451, Fax: 1-770-476-4979, . The Peter Island Resort is a self-contained resort set on an 1800-acre private island in the British Virgin Islands with 5 breathtaking beaches.


  • Serendipity Bookshop, Main Street. The largest and most fully-stocked bookstore on the island. Upstairs is an espresso bar and internet cafe with free wi-fi and paintings by local artists.

  • Bamboushay, Main Street. Sells handmade pottery in a little wooden house and has a pottery in Nanny Cay where you can visit and even try your hand at making some china yourself.

  • Philatelic Bureau attached to the Post Office on Main Street. Unique BVI stamps.

  • Bobby's, Riteway and One Mart, all good supermarkets for food and the obligatory souvenir bottle of rum and Cuban cigar.

  • Pusser's Outpost (General Store), facing the water west of downtown, the "store" is behind/through an english pub. It offers logo merchandise, and signature rum noted not so much for its quality but for its recipe as the "grog" for the British Royal Navy for some 400 years.

  • Note that in both the Cruise Ship Vendors' Market and the Craft Market the goods are imported from Miami, St. Martin and Panama and very little, if anything, is locally-made.

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