Sorry treble posted .
You will share an open-sided safari truck taxi with 20-some others and the fare will be $8. Sorry, can't help with the lounger and umbrella prices...
We had sunbeds outside "Myetts" beach bar i think it was about 10$ for 2 beds and brolly.
Try the Rum Punch !
Have a great time fantastic beach, watch for the Pelicans fishing.
You probably know that the bulk of the cruise ship passengers looking for a beach will be going to CGB, there will be several taxifuls dropped there for the day. If you're OK with that then no worries. If you'd like a less crowded beach experience consider Brewers Bay which has 1 beach bar with chair and umbrella rentals and food and fewer people. Same taxi fare applies.
+1 Brewers Beach. Rent a car and see some of the island as well including CGB. We used ITGO which is a short walk from the pier.
Would not recommend driving Tortola for the first time AND on a cruise stop. Certainly driveable but without knowing where to go you could waste precious time. But when staying on the island it is a beautiful island to see, and you'll get some magnificient photo ops on the way to the beaches.
Tortola is a small island. We found it very easy to find our way around with the map furnished with the rental car. No difficulty at all getting back to Road Town for a late lunch before walking back to the ship. Our dinner table companions who had taken the taxi to CGB and back had paid as much we did but saw far less of the island.
I agree that Tortola is very driveable in most areas and the roads are in good shape, and I think it's great that you were anle to enjoy more of Tortola. I just don't think it's for everyone on a cruise stop, but certainly an option. For example after rains the steeper roads can be less navigable in some areas, and the steeper switchbacks can be a challenge for a first-timer. There are some very steep roads between Road Town and the north side including the "Elevator", and the Belmont area into West End is an adventure. But yes the main roads are not that bad and most turns are clearly marked. I had a problem just driving up out of some of the bays my first time because I wasn't accustomed to the steepness of the roads. I know some folks are more adventurous that me and others would have a problem with that.
Glad you were able to drive the island and enjoy the beauty of Tortola! I highly recommend renting a car to folks staying on the island, some just stay in CGB and never see the rest of the island.
Definitely try to explore some of the island if you can - you wont regret it! :)
Cane Garden Bay definitely worth the trip. Myett's is great place for a painkiller!
Bananakeet great sunset view dinners overlooking St. Thomas. Driving a must to explore island. Been to Tortola many times and going again this March for two weeks.