Miss the boat? Take some time to explore Tortola

It may not be such a bad thing if you miss the boat. Beauty is everywhere in the BVI, and you may as well soak up as much as you can while you are there. Tortola is a great place to miss the boat.

Tortola s the biggest of the British Virgin Islands.

Tortola s the biggest of the British Virgin Islands.

With a rather consistent ferry schedule leaving Trellis Bay, Tortola, chances are good that your travel plans will go off without a hitch. The ferries to Leverick Bay on the northern end of Virgin Gorda stop running at 8:30 p.m. and the ferries to Spanish town on the southern end stop at 10:30 p.m. But, in the off-chance you get in later than planned, keep your island cool and relish in the opportunity to spend some extra time on Tortola, the capital island of the BVI.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a moment, take the opportunity to learn about the indigenous plants by visiting the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens. You could also revel in the rich history of the islands by visiting the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works. Additionally, there is always the option to spend the night with a cold drink, chatting up the friendly locals while you let time pass.

If you need a spot to stay the night and don’t want to wander too far from Trellis Bay, Maria’s By The Sea is a great hotel whether you are planning to spend a few extra nights in Road Town or you just need a spot for the night. Road Town is a quick 15-minute drive from Trellis Bay and is certainly a hub for activity on the island. When you are getting ready to catch the ferry the next day, you will be able to find a grocery, a dive shop and spot to grab a quick bite to eat, all within easy walking distance before you grab your bags and climb aboard your boat to start your adventure in Virgin Gorda.