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Must sees and dos

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Must sees and dos

Hi

What's everbody's absolute "Must not miss this" places, things to do, restaurants" etc....for the last 2 weeks of June? we'll be based in Tortola, Long bay beach for 10 days!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Must sees and dos

Saturday June 30th, Full Moon Party @ Bomba Shack. Bomba punch and Tea at midnight. Hopefully it is not a travel day for you. Also, try Island Taste Restaurant.

The beach in front of the resort is quite rocky getting into the water. Walk to your left, down the beach to find wonderful swimming and body surfing.

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Other must do's;

Drive to Skyworld Restaurant @ sunset. It's one of the highest points on the island. Great views. There is also a National Park entrance there, with hiking trails.

Spend some time at these wonderful beaches..Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay, and Brewers Bay.

Take a day trip to Jost Van Dyke and drink a painkiller at The Soggy Dollar and Foxy's. Visit the Bath's on Virgin Gorda. The local ferry's can get you there and back.

Have a great trip.

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Hello, I am new to this post, but I just "discovered" the island of Tortola, and want to find out as much information that I can about it.

I have been to many caribbean islands, but not Tortola. I had thought about Aruba, but I've almost changed my mind.

If you have cruise (yes or not) to Tortola, tell me what you thought of the time you were in Tortola, and what you would suggest to do in the time slot that you have there.

Brneyes

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I went back to Tortola in April after not being there for about 10 years. I took my sister on this trip and the things we had to do were: go to Marina Cay and Trellis Bay - if possible eat banana pancakes at De Loose Mongoose. Go to the Baths on Virgin Gorda (by Ferry) but don't do the trip that includes lunch from the Ferry Dock just do the Ferry and Taxis and go to the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke (by Ferry). Also to spend a few days loafing around on the beach at Cane Garden Bay and rent a car and drive around the island. Her favorite thing by far was the Soggy Dollar Bar. I did want to go sailing for the day, but we did not get to it. Unfortunately there was not a full moon........

It is a great place - you cannot go wrong. Next time, I am going to make sure to go to Anegada and maybe Peter Island.

As far as restaurants, I like: Spaghetti Junction, Bananakeet Cafe (great), Le Cabanon (French - really good) , Cappricio di Mare (inexpensive and good) and go to one of the Pussers. There are a couple of restaurants at Fat Hogs bay - I think one of them is calle Eclipse - that is very good too.

Have fun!

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Saffie11, what is the soggy dollar bar? Is it just a bar, or is there something else with it, that you liked?

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6. Re: Must sees and dos

Aruba and Tortola are as different as night and day. Aruba is very commercialized lots of malls, some casinoes etc. Both are nice islands just very very different. We prefer Tortola.

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The Soggy Dollar Bar is at White Bay on Jost Van Dyke at the Sandcastle Hotel. It is a gorgeous beach with hammocks and beach chairs and a bar. It is a popular day trip from Tortola and the USVI and for boats. (I am told that on Sunday it is packed so I would try to avoid weekends) We picked a day when the cruiseship was in Tortola. You can take the ferry from West End for $20 round trip. You then take a taxi from Great Harbour where the ferry docks (taxis are waiting) or you can walk, but it is a very hot walk with hills.

It is just a really nice day and you can get lunch at the bar and any drink you would like, and just hang out at the beach. The snorkeling is supposed to be good, but I never got out of my hammock to check it out. Its claim to fame is that is is the inventor of the drink the 'painkiller' . The last ferry leaves at 5:00 so you cannot stay for dinner, but it is a great day trip. There are other things on the beach as well.

The reason it is called the Soggy Dollar Bar is because there is no dock and people from boats used to jump off their boat and swim to the bar hence the soggy dollars.

Try it out you won't regret it. One of these days I am going to stay at the Sandcastle, but it is hard to get into.

Saffie

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8. Re: Must sees and dos

Hasn't Soggy dollar been voted the best bar in the Caribbean a couple of years in a row. Make sure you try the ring game. It's quite a challenge after a few painkillers. Good Tee shirts too.

If you do make it to Soggy Dollar, walk down the beach to Jewels Snack Shack and get a burger. It will be worth the wait.

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I think it has been voted the best beach bar in various magazines/travel guides and one of them voted it the best in the world. I concur!

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10. Re: Must sees and dos

Saffie11 and others:

A few questions. You mentioned about having the banana pancakes, which sounds good. I just had for the "1st" time, banana peelings, which really were good in St. Lucia. They bake them, and they sort of taste like potato chips.

Someone mentioned the Baths. What is that?

In regard to the Soggy Dollar Bar, when it comes to drinks, are they all alchol, or can you get other? Also for the hammocks, etc, I assume there is a charge to use them?

Brneyes