Tortola, British Virgin Islands
During our years at sea, Cassandra and myself were fortunate to be able to visit many exotic islands along the way. They each have their own special memories for us. While
working to gether on the Carnival ms Holiday, we had the pleasure of visiting the lush mountainous island of Tortola on a weekly basis. Our typical itinerary was to depart from San Juan Puerto Rico every Sunday around 5 pm. Monday mornings we would wake up docked outside of Tortola – the pearl of the British Virgin Islands.
Tortola is also known as “land of turtle doves,” or Chocolate City. It is the Territory’s main and largest island, with a population of over 14,000. Sage Mountain is the BVI’s highest point with a National Park at 1,780 feet above sea level. Tortola’s mountain peaks are covered with frangipani and sage on its southern coast, while its northern shores flaunt white sandy beaches, groves of succulent bananas and mangoes and groups of palm trees. Beef Island, the site of the BVI’s main airport, is connected to Tortola by a bridge. Road Town, the capital of the BVI is located on the southern shore of Tortola.
A few days after I met Cassandra, I needed a huge spot for our first date. I had heard about a spot called “Virgin Gorda”. Virgin Gorda or “Fat Virgin,” refers to a protruding mountain seen by Columbus when he first encountered the island. It is second largest of the British Virgin Isles at ten miles long and two miles wide (8.5 square miles), and a population of about 2,500. Virgin Gorda is known for its yacht clubs, quiet coves, and safe anchorages for bareboats and yachts.
Our first date there was an amazing memory and we hope to get back and see it again soon.
– The Rox