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Smith's Ferry

Road Town, Tortola
(284) 494-4454
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Ranked #7 of 7 attractions in Road Town
Type: Ferries/ Boats
Most recent review
- Jul 14, 2014
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Carlsbad, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our two ferry transits (CA to RT, RT to CA) were the low light of our recent BVI vacation. Schedules are more like suggestions, baggage handlers deal in polite extortion, the ferries themselves are shabby and dilapidated. At both ends, we weren't allowed to disembark until all the luggage had been unloaded, even thought we had to wait in line... More

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took Smith's ferry from St. Thomas to Tortola. The people were great and it left on time...but the ferry was packed with people and luggage and it was unbelievably hot. Waiting to get off and get through customs seemed to take forever in the hot boat. They did have air conditioners but I do know if they were working.... More

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Dade City, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

the first trip to go to one country to another on a ferry! rough boat ride from St Thomas to the Virgin Gorda! but much better going to Tortola. Then took a long time for customs to clear the boat at St Thomas!

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Nutley, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We used Smith's (we didn't have a choice) to do a day trip to Anegada from Virgin Gorda. The morning run to Anegada was almost on time and was an uneventful trip except for the age of the vessel and the noise of the engine. The return trip was also "on time" considering island time and the amount of cargo... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We pre-purchased tickets for Round-trip ferry rides for 8 people leaving St. Thomas into West End, Tortola then returning from Road Town to St. Thomas one week later. It seems that ferry times & reliability are always changing...Getting to the West End on arrival was iffy but we made it. When we arrived back in Road Town, we were told... More

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Bellevue, Nebraska
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My wife and I were bound for a sailing vacation from Tortola when we arrived in Charlotte Amalie. We went to the Interisland Ferry Terminal to book passage on Road Town Fast Ferry, but no one was at the counter. The Smith's Ferry attendant called us over and said that they had a ferry leaving shortly and would be happy... More

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Hayward, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We took it this ferry twice. Both times to Virgin Gorda to visit The Baths and Copper Mines. The second time we just barely caught the ferry in time. As they are on a set schedule, they waited for the last two Americans to board. Breathtaking panoramic views from the top of the ferry. Make sure you tie your hat... More

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Fleming Island, Florida
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125 reviews 125 reviews
30 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

If you want to feel like a head of cattle please enjoy the Smiths ferry. It's not like you have a lot of choices because a lot of the ferrys are canceled when they are not full thus allowing each ferry company a chance at a full load. But, it gets you where you're going and even our baggage made... More

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Road Town, Tortola
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Most of the ferry schedules between St. Thomas and Tortola are random affairs that change by the hour, day of the week, month of the year, and, of course, holidays. Smith's is arguably the hardest to decypher. Ferries to and from the West End seem more variable than the ones to and from Road Town. It's best to call the... More

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The ferry from St Thomas to Road Town was late departing, stuffy (seemed like several folks were fighting to not get sick) and loud. Then before we arrived at the West End, the crew had to open a hole in the floor and pour water on the engine to keep it cool. Not a pleasant hour +. Try one of... More

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