Why choose a cruise to Road Town?
Road Town is special for many reasons; not least its location on the scenic island of Tortola. Nestled in among a heady mix of forests, a national park and vivid buildings are some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, offering powder-soft stretches of sand and sparkling warm water that beckons to even the most reluctant swimmers.
A host of excellent restaurants each serve up fresh Caribbean and fusion cuisine throughout the day, while a good selection of shops offers plenty of keepsake potential. There’s even some fascinating history to discover, too, in the form of a museum
A guide to Road Town’s hotspots
While it is located on the largest of the British Virgin Islands, Road Town and Tortola Island as a whole are both remarkably laid back and understated. Showcasing beautiful beaches, sunbathing is a given, but snorkelling and gentle swimming are recommended, although neighbouring islands are just a short trip away, and if a little hopping appeals, the natural baths on Virgin Gorda are absolutely worth experiencing.
Keen shoppers will not be disappointed by Road Town, as it has a variety of retail areas to explore. Main Street plays home to great boutiques and restaurants, not to mention the oldest building on the island – the prison, which has been converted into a museum. The buildings here are bright and colourful, making for great photo opportunities. For a more handmade and rustic selection of goods, the Crafts Alive Marketplace is the place to be and it’s on the waterfront, meaning that the sea air will incite a decent hunger.
The Sugar Mill is a firm favourite among holidaymakers who want a romantic dinner, as the views are idyllic and it’s tucked away in the jungle. Atmospheric and true to local cuisines, it’s a real treat. For something more casual, Island Roots, located on Main Street, offers up a proper chilled island vibe and it serves some great coffee, too, thanks to the team of baristas.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Road Town
The best time to visit Road Town
With very little chance of rain throughout the year and steady temperatures around 28°C, there’s no bad time to visit Road Town. If balmy temperatures are the most important factor, however, late September is the best time to visit, as it rarely drops below 32°C during the day.
The busiest months tend to be May through to July, so it’s best to avoid these months if peace and quiet is a driving force.
Did you know?
- The most traditional island food is called Fish and Fungi, which pays homage to the fishing heritage
- Road Town is a port on one of the 16 inhabited British Virgin islands but there are 60 in total
- The currency is the US Dollar, not the British Pound, which surprises a lot of people!