Places in British Virgin Islands
Cane Garden Bay Area
A turquoise cove ringed by steep green hills, Cane Garden Bay is exactly the kind of place Jimmy Buffett would immortalize in song – which he did in 1978’s ‘Mañana.’ The area’s perfecto 1-mile beach and throngs of rum-serving bars and restaurants make it Tortola’s most popular party zone. South of Cane Garden Bay is a series of picturesque bays.
Let’s be honest: the BVI’s capital is nothing special – no mega sights to see or scenery to drop your jaw. But there’s nothing wrong with Road Town, either (perhaps excepting all the traffic). It’s a perfectly decent place to spend a day or night, and most visitors do exactly that when they charter their own boat or take the ferries to the outlying islands.
Among Tortola’s sharp peaks and bougainvillea-clad hillsides you’ll find a mash-up of play places. Take surfing lessons, join fire jugglers at a full-moon party, dive on shipwrecks, and by all means go sailing amid the festive surrounding isles. About 80% of the BVI’s 29,000 citizens live and work on Tortola.
Spanish Town & The Valley
Spanish Town isn’t a town so much as a long road with businesses strung along it. It’s the commercial center of Virgin Gorda, with its hub at the boat-bobbing Yacht Harbour. Overall the settlement is a sleepy place, but the mix of islanders, yachties and land travelers eating and drinking together creates a festive vibe.