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Avoiding cruise crowds

boston
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Avoiding cruise crowds

We are in Tortola for one day in a couple of weeks. Vacationing w elderly parents (3 of them - sort of a last hurrah). Ideally we would rent a car and explore all day but am concerned that its too much for the old folks and we 5 won't be comfy in a jeep. And I'm not sure plopping my MOL on a beach with a thousand cruisers will be appealing to her. Help??

new york
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11. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

You could easilytake a ferry over to VG but if you are trying to avoid the crowds, be careful as many of the cruise ships have the exact same excursions- You will need to check which days the cruise ships are in. Lierally they go to the baths by seems like the hundreds.

North Pole, New York
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12. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

JD, how was your day on VG?

boston
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13. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

Thank you for asking. We ditched the ferry because there were tough times on the schedule and Speedy canceled their return at 3:30. We wanted to get back for the Patriots game. So we hired a taxi and he took us the Nanny Cay which was perfect. There were only about a dozen people there. We had a few drinks and some food and swam a bit. Basically limed for 5 hour. And then the driver came back and got us.

chigwell, essex. uk
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14. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

We are too looking to avoid the cruise crowds as we will be spending every evening with them on our cruise. Looking for a beach not too far in a taxi from Road Town. Hopefully with a restaurant for a snack and drink and also some beds to lay on.

I have read somewhere on here that Cane Garden Bay has in the past had some pollution from small cruisers depositing their human waste in this area. But reports were dated a long time ago.

Lorraine

Charlottesville...
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15. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

The majority of the cruise ship passengers will end up in CGB, so don't go there if you want to avoid the crowd.Take a look at Brewer's Bay, where Nicole's restaurant serves very good food.

Most yachts discharge waste in the open waters of the ocean, not in harbors, and all of the large cruise ships will be in Road Town, the opposite side of the island from the beaches along the north shore.

chigwell, essex. uk
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16. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

Thanks for your answer. How far is Brewers Bay from the port? Any idea of the cost in a taxi and how long to get there?

Lorraine

Charlottesville...
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17. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

We visit Brewer's with a rental car while staying on Tortola, so not certain of taxi fare. However, this link says $24 for 1st person, $8 for each additional:

www.scatosbusntaxi.com/…

There is some good snorkeling at Brewer's, along the rock outcroppings on the left side of the beach, all the way out to the point

http://honeymoon2.smugmug.com/Underwater/BVI-Tortola-Snorkel-Smugglers/3964886_KKznK2#!i=128444436&k=rsQCNgt

North Pole, New York
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18. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

Glad Nanny worked out for you jd.

Lpp there are no real resorts with a restaurant, lounges and drinks on Tortola that you can access other than the Long Bay Resort (Tortola). They offer a $20pp day pass for access to their wading pool and chairs (beach is free of course). For $45pp you also get a sandwich and 2 drinks. Beautiful long beach with a nice view of Josts and there is plenty of space on the beach to be alone. You can also walk to Nature Boy's beach shack toward Smuggler's Cove. E-mail LBR if interested in a day pass.

For snorkeling you want Brewer's or Smuggler's, for justba nice beach day all beaches are nice, some are just busier than others.

But if you really want to escape your fellow cruisemates you'll need to go to Smuggler's Cove or Long Bay, Beef Island. Both are pretty secluded and offer zero amenities (except perhaps portapotties at SC). And Josiah Bay which is also secluded but rougher. And jd enjoyed a day at Nanny Cay. You'll find taxi fares to all of these beaches in the link below.

There has been a reported sewage problem in Road Town around the harbor where the rentals are, haven't kept up with that but as alashas said the bays you're looking at are clean.

taxi rates are posted here, the scatos link above is a private transportation outfit.

bvivacation.com/transportation/….UP1fWGt5mK1

Have a great day!

Edited: 10:58 am, January 21, 2013
Charlottesville...
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19. Re: Avoiding cruise crowds

Thanks for posting that taxi rate link, crmoores, that is the one I was looking for but could not find. Take care, alashas

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