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The British Virgin Islands, on the northeast Caribbean belt, are a cluster of breathtakingly beautiful islands that were frequented by pirates and seamen. Located sixty miles on the eastern side of Puerto Rico, these are exotic tropical holiday spots sought after by vacationers from all over the planet. The islands consist of sheathed caves and intriguing inlets. Tortola is merely twenty-four square miles, and its capital, Road Town, is the ultimate chartering yacht hub. The south coast of Tortola primarily consists of verdant mountains, while the north coast boasts of a silver-sand beach.
 
Virgin Gorda, is a twelve mile boat ride away, and makes for a good historic sightseeing and day trip option. Tortola and Virgin Gorda are both governed by the British, but they also have the independence to do as they please and are not stringently ruled. The place is safe, the local quite amiable and ready to help. There are a large number of activities to enjoy a destination as tiny as this. There are plenty of attractions to see around the islands.
 
In addition to the natural beauty and perfect weather, visitors are lured to the destination owing to a nice array of water sports and restaurants. Visitors can make ferry trips to any of the spectacular neighboring islands. Take an exciting guided tour of the islands, as there are still several unexplored places that make for fascinating trips.
 
The Baths is a much sought after boulder enveloped beach in Virgin Gorda. Touted to be a much secluded and private tourist retreat in the world, Virgin Gorda became more buzzing and touristy after the Little Dix Bay Hotel established here in the sixties.
 
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships moor at Wickhams Cay 1 in the capital region of Tortola, Road Town. Since the port cannot anchor ships, a tender brings passengers to the pier. The pier is classy and contemporary. The Main Street is a mere five-minute walk away from the pier. This is the hub of all activities in town.
 
Several cruise ships dock at Wickhams Cay for both Tortola and Virgin Gorda, since Virgin Gorda does not possess the required landing facilities to moor the larger cruises. Some vessels even moor at the sea, and ferry passengers on a tiny boat to dock at the Leverick Bay.

The sedan style open air taxis also make for a nice transport option to travel on the islands. Apart from this, the two islands are within walking distance from the docking pier. Renting cars is not a very smart option, since the roads are not too good for self-driving here. 
 
Things To See and Do
Take a tour of Tortola and Virgin Gorda by booking with one of the local tour companies. An open bus will drive you around the island, showing you all the major attractions. Visitors will witness spectacular vistas and picturesque scenes. The tour will conclude at the Cane Garden Bay Beach, one of the best spots for swimming and relaxation. The land bus tours are quite popular, and the glass boat tours are also fun.
 
Mount Sage National Park is the major tourist draws at Tortola. It encompasses ninety-two acres, and came into being in 1962 to preserve Tortilla's natural heritage. A major part of the region has witnessed clearance; however Tortala remained untouched by the unfortunate plantation clearance. This is a nice place for a picnic for family day trip outing.   A little walk ahead and you can come across Smuggler's Cove, a scenic silver-sand bay featuring a pleasant weather and glistening water.
 
Copper Mine Point is another intriguing historical landmark that attracts everyone. Visitors can witness the ruins of an erstwhile mine. The guide will spill all the details about how people work inside the mine.
 
1780 Lower Estate SugarWorks Museum -- Built by 18th-century slaves, this original 1780 sugar works structure was once part of a thriving harborside sugar plantation. Inside is a treasure trove of island artifacts, including old muskets, coal irons, bedding stuffed with banana leaves, woven baskets; a maritime display; a native folk medicine exhibit (slate bush is good for the kidneys, and angelica works for cataracts and colds); and a rotating art gallery.
 
Jost Van Dyke
Named for a pirate (as legend has it), this pristine island to the northwest of Tortola has a lovely sand beach at White Bay and the BVI's most famous beachside bar.
Getting There: Ferry service is offered from West End by New Horizon Ferry Service, Ltd. Call 284-495-9278 for rates and schedules. It will take about forty-five minutes each way to Jost Van Dyke.
 
BVI's most famous beachside bar, Foxy's in Great Harbour, serves West Indian specialties. The bar opens at 9:30 a.m. and the kitchen at 11:30 a.m. Major draw is Foxy Callwood, himself, a legend in the BVI. A prolific songwriter and storyteller, he holds court most afternoons offering in addition to his regular repertoire, calypso tunes improvised on the spot, featuring specifics about his individual audience members, maybe even you!
 
A hotel on White Bay, Sandcastle is a short walk from the ferry dock. In addition to the excellent beach Sandcastle serves lunch daily from 11 a.m. at the Soggy Dollar Bar, birthplace of the Painkiller. Entrees include flying fish sandwiches, rotis and other dishes.
 
Peter Island
By and large this island features one asset, the elegant, exclusive resort that almost always appears in the top five Caribbean resorts lists of the major travel magazines. The fifth-largest island in the British Virgin Islands, Peter Island is shaped like the letter "L" and covers 729 hectares of land. Only 6.5 kilometers south of Road Town, Peter Island was first settled in the 17th century by German slave traders who established a cotton plantation along with several Tortolians. After the abolition of slavery, Peter Island returned to its natural state. Since, there have been a few tobacco plantations on the island and it has changed ownership twice. Today, the island is privately owned and remains mostly undeveloped but for the shores of Deadman's Bay and Sprat Bay where the current Peter Island Resort & Spa and Yacht Harbour sits. The island offers excellent diving and snorkeling sites, five beaches, hiking trails, and roads for trail biking. Getting There: Peter Island Resort operates its own fleet of ferries, round trips (about 40 minutes each way) from the resort's marina to Baugher's Bay, a long walk or short taxi ride from the cruise pier. Call the Peter Island Resort (800-346-4451) for rates and schedules.
Official site: www.peterisland.com
 
Norman Island
Since 1843, various legends have deemed Norman Island the site of buried treasure. Lying 10 kilometers southwest of Tortola, this is the largest uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands. The anchorage at the Bight, known for good snorkeling, is usually crowded with sailboats, swimmers, and dinghies. Apart from the beaches at the Bight and Benures Bay, on the east side of Norman Island, the terrain is mostly undeveloped and impenetrable. Also of note here are the underwater Treasure Caves, believed to be the place Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind when writing Treasure Island. The four caves offer ideal snorkeling and diving, and one of the caves extends 24 meters under the island, replicating the conditions of a night dive. Lying 1.6 km south of Norman Island, Santa Monica Rock is one of the prime dive sites in the British Virgin Islands, featuring a pinnacle reaching 30 meters. Since the rock lies on the outer edge of the island chain it is a good place to spot larger open ocean fish such as nurse sharks or spotted eagle rays. The BVI National Parks Trust has set up moorings here.
 
Anegada Island
Surrounded by a maze of coral reef that extends for many kilometers off shore, Anegada creates ideal opportunities for reef and bonefishing. The island is so low that many mariners cannot see Anegada until caught in the reef, a fate that has caused more than 300 ships to sink off the coast of the island. There are more wrecks off Anegada than anywhere else in the Caribbean, and they now host colorful marine life, offering some of the best diving sites in the world. The landscape of Anegada features salt ponds, blooming cacti, wild orchids and century plants, as well as some beautiful stretches of white sand beach. Loblolly Bay and Cow Wreck Bay Beach are favorites. Wildlife found on the island includes flamingos and the rare rock iguana. The BVI National Parks Trust protects almost the entire interior of the island from development making this a popular destination for adventure travelers rather than those seeking a resort-type vacation. Official site: http://www.bvitourism.com/anegada

Smuggler's Cove Beach, Tortola
At the western-most end of Tortola lies Smuggler's Cove, a secluded, sheltered, and undeveloped patch of island that lures beach lovers seeking an escape from the busier resort scene. This relatively peaceful beach offers great snorkeling with sea turtles swimming just off shore. Look for the old car used as a film prop for the Hollywood remake of The Old Man and the Sea filmed here in 1990.
 
Peter Island Resort
Peter Island Resort, an upscale resort, offers day visitors access to its private beach, the utterly beautiful Deadman's Bay. Powder-soft white sand forms a scimitar framing a crystal-clear Caribbean bay, with nice, shallow snorkeling reefs at either end. To get to the beach, walk up the hill paralleling the marina and follow the signs down the other side to Deadman's Bay. Beach equipment (windsurfers, sailing equipment, sea kayaks, etc.) can be rented, if available, but resort guests, of course, have priority. The resort's swimming pools, beach furniture, hammocks and cabanas are off-limits for visitors, so, if you want to use the beach, bring your own beach towel to plunk yourself down on.
 
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill is open to non-guests, but be aware that it has a dress code, and conservative cover-ups are absolutely required. Deadman's prices are not cheap, but the food -- pizza, sandwiches and burgers -- and setting are excellent. On select Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights there is live music from a terrific steel band.
 
Marina Cay
Off the eastern tip of Tortola, tiny Marina Cay offers a vest pocket-sized beach, Pusser's restaurant and company store, small resort, marina and a handful of shops and an Internet Cafe.
Getting There: A complimentary daily ferry service is operated by Pusser's between Beef Island, Tortola and Marina Cay. The trip takes less than ten minutes. For schedules call 284-494-2174.
 
Pusser's operates a resort, shop and restaurant here. The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m. and serves the usual Pusser's fare. The resort's marina also has small outboard motorboats, Hobie Cats and beach toys for rent. Try renting one of the Boston Whaler skiffs for a five-minute scoot across the bay to tie up at the mooring over the lush snorkeling reef, or contact Dive BVI Ltd. (284-495-5513) to book scuba or snorkeling trips.
 
Virgin Gorda
Getting There: Speedy's Ferry Service and Smith's Tortola Fast Ferry run frequent ferries between Road Town and Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Depending on the vessel and weather, allow between an hour and 90 minutes for passage. (284-495-5240/495-5235)
Go For a Sail:
There is no shortage of sailing yachts available for full or half-day trips. These excursions usually include a sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to one of the islands to the south of Tortola, and normally feature snorkeling, beaching and lunch either onboard or at a shoreside restaurant. Three prominent charter operators who sail from Road Harbour or the nearby Village Cay Marina are listed below. Since rates, itineraries and schedules vary widely, contact each one in advance either by phone, email or log in to their website for specific offerings on the day of your port call.
 
Patouche Charters offers sailings on a 50-foot schooner, a 48-foot catamaran or a 28-foot Bertram power boat. (Road Harbour; 284-494-6300; patouche@surfbvi.com)
 
Aristocat Charters offers day sails and snorkel trips to the surrounding islands on two boats, both of which are 48-foot catamarans. (Soper's Hole, West End, or Village Cay, Road Town; 284-499-1249; aristocat@surfbvi.com)
 
White Squall II offers sailings on an 80-foot schooner to the Caves at Norman Island and the Baths at Virgin Gorda, both with excellent snorkeling. (Village Cay; 284-494-2564; whitesqua112@surfbvi.com)
 
Go For a Dive:
All dive operators offer two-tank morning dives. Contact individual dive operators for the availability or feasibility of "discover scuba" programs for non-certified divers. The British Virgin Islands offer some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Of special interest is the wreck of the RMS Rhone, sunk in a hurricane in 1867, considered by many to be among the top 10 wreck dives in the world. Also worthy of exploration are the many reefs off the coast of Tortola and her neighboring islands. Dive operators serving the Road Harbour area are:
 
AquaVentures (Road Town; 284-494-4320; aquavent@surfbvi.com)
 
Sail Caribbean Divers (Hodges Creek, East End; 800-321-0994/631-754-2202; info@sailcaribbean.com)
 
Go For a Hike:
Sage Mountain, Tortola's national park, is criss-crossed with well-marked hiking trails, or hook up with a ranger for a guided walking tour. Great scenery and views of the sea.
 
Go For a Swim With a Dolphin:
Dolphin Discovery at Prospect Reef Resort -- which also has programs in Grand Cayman, Cancun and Cozumel -- offers visitors a chance to swim with dolphins in Prospect Reef Port. (866-393-5158/284-494-7675; reservations@dolphindiscovery.com)
 
Activities
 
Beaches
Several ships make their way into to the British Virgin Islands territory with passengers who only want to view The Baths. Nestled striking Virgin Gorda shore, it is touted to be one of the best beaches on the planet. The boulders and green scenery creates a beautiful contrast. It is believed that the volcanic formations were created during the ice age. Beach is just perfect for swimming and snorkeling, and exploring the mysterious cave setting. Devil's Bay is another nice beach located nearby. It isn't’t as crowded or touristy as The Baths. Cane Garden Bay in Tortola is one of the best beaches here, though it can get a little too packed during the peak season. Apple Bay is good for surfing. Smuggler's Cove, is as much sought after by the snorkelers and swimmers, and families looking for a fun day at the beach.
 
TORTOLA
Smugglers Cove
A small, sandy beach at the western tip of Tortola, Smuggler's Cove is bordered by Belmont Estate, a quiet residential community. There are sea grapes and almond trees shading the beach's perimeter and the water is calm for swimming for much of the year. You can snorkel the coral reef at its western although the best snorkelling is along its outer perimeter. The road to Smuggler's Cove is unpaved but passable.
 
Long Bay
This is a lovely mile-long stretch of white sand beach that is ideal for leisurely walks. Long Bay Hotel with its beach bar and restaurant as well as several guest houses line its eastern portion and beach chairs for their guests are scattered along the sand. The western end, which is bordered by a palm grove, offers greater solitude and good swimming. This is an ideal beach for those wanting to work on their tan, since shade is in short supply, especially on the beach's western section.
 
Apple Bay
Known as "the Surfing Beach," Apple Bay is home of the surfer's bar, Bomba's Shack, as well as a small community, guest villas, and Sebastian's and Sugar Mill hotels. The beach's best swimming is on its western end where the seabed has fewer rocks. The eastern portion is a haven for surfers in the winter months when a north sea swell makes this one of the Caribbean's favourite surf breaks.
 
Cane Garden Bay
This popular bay has a gently curving beach and is a popular anchorage with charter yachts which come to the bay to frequent its many good restaurants and night clubs. There are water sports concessions, which rent kayaks, windsurfers and other water toys as well as, several hotels and guesthouses. The beach itself is long with lovely white sand, ideal for sunbathing, and the water is generally sheltered making it safe for swimming most of the year.
 
Brewer's Bay
The remains of the rum distillery, for which the bay is name, can still be seen along the roadside at its eastern end. Luxuriant sea grapes and almond trees line much of the sandy beach giving it a lush tropical feel. The water is calm much of the year, but can get rough in the winter, and swimmers should watch out for a rip current when the north sea swell is running. The bay has two beach bars, a campground and good snorkelling.
 
Brandywine Beach
This convenient-to-reach beach is located just east of Road Town. It has a long stretch of sand and is bordered along the roadside by seagrape trees. The water in this sheltered bay is calm and ideal for swimming, making it a safe beach to bring children. It is also a popular beach for picnics and community gatherings.
 
Josiah's Bay
On the north shore near East End, Josiah's has a dramatic wide sandy beach that is ideal for sunbathing. The swimming is good, although like most north shore beaches, one has to be careful of the northerly swell in winter. Because of the great surf, Josiah's is a popular surfing beach and occasionally competitions are held here. For refreshment, there are a couple of beach bars that serve food and drink.
 
Lambert Beach
This is a classic Caribbean beach. Palm fringed, wide and sandy, it could adorn a picture postcard. The sand is powdery white and the swimming is generally good, although in winter, when there is a north shore swell, the undertow can be strong. It is also the location of the Lambert Beach Resort and can be reached by a road from East End.
 
Little Bay
Little Bay is to the east of Lambert and is a small gem of a beach. The road is unpaved and rough and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle. There are large boulders at the western end, and it is fringed with seagrapes at its eastern perimeter. The beach is wide most of the year, but is only recommended for swimming in the summer months, since it is often too rough in the winter.
 
Long Bay, Beef Island
Although Long Bay, Beef Island is not technically a Tortola beach, it is accessible from Tortola by the Beef Island Bridge. This is a lovely curving beach with vivid white sand. The water is sheltered and is good for swimming most of the year. It is located behind the Beef Island Salt Pond and in order not to disturb nesting terns, enter by the road to Little Mountain Estates at the western end or the dirt road that skirts the pond at its eastern end.
 
VIRGIN GORDA
The Baths
With its giant boulders that form a series of spectacular pools and grottoes, The Baths is one of the B.V.I.'s favourite attractions. The sandy beach itself is small, and sprinkled with majestic rocks and has some trees for shade. The area, along with Devil's Bay and Spring Bay, is part of the BVI's National Parks system, and to help one explore the labyrinthine like grottoes, the National Parks Trust has provided a series of wooden ladders and ropes over some of the boulders. Outside, there is a beach bar and restroom facilities. There is also excellent snorkelling along the area's nearby underwater boulders and reef.
 
Devil's Bay
Another section of The Baths Protected Area, Devil's Bay is located just west of The Baths. It can be reached by a meandering path from the parking lot at the top of the park. You can also reach it from The Baths, by scrambling along the ladders and pathways within the grottoes. The beach itself is a lovely u-shaped beach fringed with white sand. The snorkelling and swimming are both good.
 
Spring Bay
This is a beautiful white sand beach, and like the neighbouring Baths, it is sprinkled with giant boulders. It has crystal clear water that makes it ideal for swimming and you can snorkel the sandy bottom and along the underwater boulders. Although part of The Baths Protected Area, it is reached by road.
 
Trunk Bay
This is a spectacular beach on Virgin Gorda's north shore, just east of Spring Bay. The wide sand beach is reachable by boat or along a rough path from Spring Bay. It borders a private estate.
 
Savannah Bay
This is a sandy beach that is located along a thin neck of land that joins The Valley section of Virgin Gorda to North Sound. It is stunning to look down on from the road and because it is fairly sheltered, is good for both swimming and sunbathing. There's not much shelter from the sun though, so bring the sun block.
 
Mahoe Bay
Mahoe Bay beach is a pretty white sand beach at the Mango Bay Resort that has a gently curving stretch of sand and vivid blue water. The beach is lined with guest villas and is good for swimming and sunbathing. There is a restaurant at the far western end of the bay.
 
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
The location of Salt Island, where remnants of the 1867 HMS Rhone ship wreckage are found is known to be one of planets best shipwreck dives. There are several companies that offer diving tours at these mysterious wreck sites. The gigantic ship vessel is a sight to behold, and now is home to an assortment of tropical fish and underwater life. Several companies offer scuba and snorkeling day trips. Visitors get to witness the region’s exotic marine life.
 
Eating Out
Bomber's Surfside Shack, located in Capoons Bay is the most popular handout place for sundown drinks. Sundays and Wednesdays are barbeque nights. 7. Pusser's Road Town Pub, at Waterfront Drive and Main Street whips up an amazing range of Caribbean and authentic English  food. The Bath and Turtle Pub is another favorite restaurant and bar on the island. It is known for the creative tropical concoctions. Try their succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and scrumptious snack items.
 
Nightlife
Ask around to find out which hotel might have entertainment on any given evening. Steel bands and fungi or scratch bands (musicians who improvise on locally available instruments) appear regularly. Pick up a copy of “Limin’ Times,” an entertainment magazine that lists what’s happening locally; it’s usually available at hotels.
 
Bomba Surfside Shack, Cappoons Bay (tel 284/495-4148), is the oldest and most famous hangout on the island, a shack cobbled together with scrap driftwood, corrugated metal, rubber tires, and other flotsam and jetsam and plopped right on the beach near the West End. Undergarments swing in the breezes; graffiti covers the wood. Bomba Callwood is usually somewhere in attendance, a big man in overalls with a wreath of smoke around his head. Bomba’s attracts a varied crowd, from surfers riding the swells at Cappoons to vans of cruise-ship passengers stopping for a photo op and a swig of Bomba’s rum punch. Despite its makeshift appearance, the shack is quite a business enterprise, bringing in crowds of visitors every month for Bomba’s Full Moon bashes, where Bomba’s “herbal” mushroom tea simmers in a cauldron in the bushes. It’s open daily from 10am to midnight (or later, depending on business).
 

Quito Rymer, one of the island’s most well-known musicians, oversees his own mini-empire along the eastern stretch of Cane Garden Bay. The more touristy spot is the bar/restaurant Rhymer’s (tel 284/495-4639; where you can sip cold beer or tropical rum concoctions along with a casual menu of ribs, conch chowder, and more. The beach bar and restaurant is open daily 8am to 9pm. Quito’s Gazebo (tel 284/495-4837; is where the guitarist plays solo on Tuesdays and Thursdays (8pm) and Friday with a full band (9:30pm). It serves any and every kind of alcoholic libation and excellent food from an open-air restaurant built almost directly above the waves.
 
Myett’s (tel 284/495-9649) is another Cane Garden Bay hot spot, with a prime location right on the beach and regular live music; look for a Caribbean party every Wednesday night. In the same area, but not directly on the beach, visit Columbus Sunset Bar, Cane Garden Bay (tel 284/495-751), where locals gather to drink, talk, and sample good island food (they also have clean rooms to rent).
 
Finally, over on Little Apple Bay, check out Sebastian’s (tel 284/495-4212, especially on Sunday, when you can dance to live music under the stars, at least in winter.
 
Shopping
Crafts Alive Marketplace is a collection of gaily colored tents, on the waterfront; while it sells some of the same batiks and tourist trinkets of marketplaces on other Caribbean islands, there are a handful of genuinely interesting stalls. Don't miss Sophia Dawles, a talented West Indian artist who displays her oils, watercolors and acrylics on a card table. Altruists may want to check out the BVI Community Craft Shop, whose handmade items, ranging from Christmas ornaments to rag rugs and fish-scale ornaments, are locally made.
 
Mi Amor, the one conventional cruise port merchandise outlet, can be found at Wickhams Cay 1, near the cruise pier. (284-494-7477)
 
Sunny Caribbee is chock-a-block with great, gift-packaged spices, hot sauces, soaps, lotions, herbs, teas, coffees, etc. One of the more exotic offerings -- and a certified great (relatively cheap) gift -- is the Arawak Love Potion and West Indian Hangover Cure gift set. The shop also has some more-elegant-than-elsewhere Caribbean crafts. Next door, Sunny Caribbee has a high-end art gallery that's worth a browse. (119 Main Street, Road Town; 284-494-2178)
 
Most of Tortola's shops are on Road Town's Main Street. Unfortunately, the British Virgins have no duty-free shopping. British goods are imported without duty, though, and you can find some good buys among these imported items, especially in English china. In general, store hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
 
You might start your shopping expedition at Crafts Alive, an open-air market lying in the center of Road Town and impossible to miss. It consists of a series of old-fashioned West Indian-style buildings that are stocked with crafts, ranging from Caribbean dolls to straw hats, from crocheted doilies to the inevitable B.V.I. T-shirts. Very few of these items, however, are made on the island; we noted that some, in fact, come from Panama.
 
In arts and crafts, you'll find higher-quality items at Aragorn's Local Arts and Crafts Center, Trellis Bay (tel. 284/495-1849;www.aragornsstudio.com), a showcase for the most talented artisans on the island. "A lot of Europeans used to look down on Caribbean art," Aragorn Dick-Read once told the press. But he has worked to create a greater appreciation of Caribbean culture among visitors. Here you will find an array of copper sculptures, island prints, local art, and jewelry, including the island's best selection of handcrafted pottery. The finest of woodcarving and metalwork is also displayed here in a newly expanded studio.
 
Sunny Caribbee Spice Co., 119 Main St., Road Town (tel. 284/494-2178; www.sunnycaribbee.com), in an old West Indian building, was the first hotel on Tortola. It's now a shop specializing in Caribbean spices, seasonings, teas, condiments, and handicrafts. With an aroma of spices permeating the air, this factory is an attraction in itself. You can buy two famous specialties here: the West Indian hangover cure and the Arawak love potion. A Caribbean cosmetics collection, Sunsations, includes herbal bath gels, island perfume, and sunscreens. There's a daily sampling of island products -- perhaps tea, coffee, sauces, or dips.
 
Samarkand, Main Street, Road Town (tel. 284/494-6415), is an unusually good bet for jewelry and other items. Look for an intriguing selection of bracelets, pins, and pendants in both silver and gold, and pierced earrings. Caribbean motifs such as palms and seabirds often appear in the designs of the jewelry.
 
Pusser's Company Store, Main Street and Waterfront Road, Road Town (tel. 284/494-2467; www.pussers.com), has gourmet food items including meats, spices, fish, and a nice selection of wines. Pusser's Rum is one of the best-selling items here.
 
Arawak, on the dock at Nanny Cay (tel. 284/494-5240), is known for its household furnishings, such as placemats and candleholders, but also sells sporty clothing for adults and kids, along with a selection of gifts and souvenirs.
 
Flamboyance, Waterfront Drive (tel. 284/494-4099), is the best place to shop for perfume and upscale cosmetics.
 
If you've rented a villa or condo, or if your accommodations have a kitchenette, consider a visit to Ample Hamper, Villa Cay Marina, Wickham's Cay I, Road Town (tel. 284/494-2494; www.amplehamper.com). This outlet stocks some of the best packaged food and bottled wines on the island. It also offers fresh fruit and a tasty selection of cheeses.
 
Philatelists from all over the world flock to the British Virgin Islands post office, Main Street, Road Town (tel. 284/494-3701, ext. 4996), for its exquisite and unusual stamps in beautiful designs. Even though the stamps carry U.S. monetary designations, they can be used only in the B.V.I.
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