The B.V.I. Tourist Board Office (tel. 284/494-3134) is in the center of Road Town near the ferry dock, south of Wickham's Cay I. Here you'll find information about hotels, restaurants, tours, and more. Pick up a copy of the Welcome Tourist Guide, which has a useful map of the island.
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Road Town is the capital, and Main Street in Road Town has many shops and restaurants. Wickham's Cay (sometimes called Wickham's Cay I) and Wickham's Cay II together form a small Inner Harbor in Road Town. This harbor takes in the Moorings complex area with Fort Burt and Prospect Reef standing near the port entrance. The cruise ship pier juts out at the far right of the cay, and passengers can stretch their "shopping legs" on land here at a number of gift shops.
Down Among the Sheltering Palms
If you decide to navigate the roller coaster hills of the British Virgin Islands, head to Cane Garden Bay, one of the choicest pieces of real estate on the island, discovered long ago by the sailing crowd. Its white-sand beach with sheltering palms is the epitome of Caribbean charm.
Rhymer's, Cane Garden Bay (tel. 284/495-4639), is the place to go for food and entertainment. Skippers of any kind of craft like to stock up on supplies here, and you can order cold beer and refreshing rum drinks. If you're hungry, try the conch, lobster, black-bean gazpacho, or barbecued spareribs. The beach bar and restaurant are open daily from 8am to 9pm. Main courses cost $10 to $30. On Thursday night, a steel-drum band plays. Ice and freshwater showers are available for $3 per person (and you can rent towels). You can also rent a room here.