O-em-gee, Tortola was awesome! By far the best stop of the cruise in my opinion. When we arrived to Tortola, it was overcast and misty which did not make us feel very optimistic. However, the weather did end up clearing up making it quite a nice day.
When we arrived to Tortola, we did not really have a plan of what we wanted to do. One of the main attractions in Tortola are The Baths in Virgin Gorda which requires a ferry ride. We figured this was the attraction that everybody else would be doing so we ended up deciding not to do this. As we were walking around the town we had spotted a rental scooter tent where you could rent the scooter for a full day for $50. We ended up doing this and it was the best choice I think we could’ve made! The lady at the rental tent also gave us a map and a rundown of different routes around the island.
Getting around the island on a scooter was a ton of fun. It was also a nice option as we got to explore around for ourselves and we had no time limits (like the ferry rides). Per our map, we saw there were some different beaches on the other side of the island. We wanted to make our way to the side thinking it would be less crowded. We took the coastal highway around the island, only getting semi-lost a couple times, and took a very steep road up and over the mountain-y hills where we stumbled upon Beach Bar. As we walked around the the cliff side (pictured below) to get onto the beach, we were greeted by 2 dogs and off in the distance we could see two people walking the beach. It turns out these two ladies were locals and they walk the beach every week with their pups. Other than this, there were NO people there whatsoever.
Apparently this side of the island’s beaches were surfing beaches. The water was quite wavy and we ended up spotting some surfers as we continued northeast around the island. We walked up and down the beach and found some cool sea shells and some pretty floral vines growing down the beach.
Since we did not have a lot of time on Tortola, and we were not sure how long it would take to get around to the rest of the island, we did not end up staying long on the beach. In retrospect, I wish we had stayed at this beach longer as getting around the island was quite quick.
As we went around on the scooters, you could see that this side of the island was lined with beaches. All of which had more crowds than the first beach we were on. As we kept making are way around the island, we ended up going through a town where a lot of reconstruction was happening, most likely due to hurricane damage.
We pretty much made our way around all of the island and looking back I wish we had found a hole in the wall place to eat some more Caribbean food but we had to make our way back to the ship so we could get on our way to the Bahamas! After our experience in Tortola, I think it is definitely worth it to rent scooters and do the exploring for yourself.