Sunset at Cane Garden Beach

Trip Start Nov 04, 2012
Trip End Nov 18, 2012

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Flag of Virgin Islands British  , Tortola,
Friday, November 9, 2012

Tough planning day today!

British Virgin Islands is a unique place. The culture and business climate are not open to outsiders and not overly welcoming of groups. It's known as a world sailing capital, and renowned for snorkeling and diving. Walking, however, may be another matter. Cruise ships stop here so they can handle groups. But land based groups seem to be an anomaly. There are a few high-end resorts on remote corners of this little paradise, but a shortage of quality mid-range hotels with enough rooms for a group. Conversations with locals leaves one feeling they don’t mind if you come to the island, but they also don’t mind if you decide not to come.

We hung around Road Town, the capital on the island of Tortola, for most of the day today, talking to hotels and others involved in tourism. Not much progress! We spent the last few hours driving around the north side of the islands. Roads were amazingly steep and curvy with stunning views down into coves and bays, and out over the Caribbean horizon to neighboring islands. Along about sunset, we found ourselves on Cane Garden Beach and goofed around there for about 45 minutes, watching pelicans dive for fish and reveling in the colors of the setting sun as it dropped behind a bank of clouds, then below neighboring Jost Van Dyke Island, using a foreground of sailboats for effect.

Seldom have I seen a more beautiful sunset! Tomorrow, we go by ferry to neighboring Virgin Gorda Island to see about setting up a walk there.
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andreatravels on

Yeah, right, looks like a real tough day!!

Lucille Serwa on

I don't mind being tempted. But would love it if you could deliver this.

friesendm on

In the life of a travel planner - "tough" if admittedly relative.

Deb on

Tough finding hotel accommodations and walking trails.....Not so tough watching the sunset :) Could a bus drive those roads? Was it sort of like the road to Hana?
One more week to "git er done". I hope the other islands bring easier planning!
Stay safe!

friesendm on

They use different kinds of buses here - like the safari buses in Africa. Roads are too narrow for conventional full size coaches. Amazing experience riding the roads of Tortola!

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