Sopers Hole, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, about 50 (mostly uninhabited) islands and cays, are one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations. The sheltered harbour of Soper's Hole is located at the west end of Tortola. Surrounded by small mountains, Soper's Hole opens to a sea of islands, including St. John. It is a yachting centre and a relaxing place to anchor for the evening. Frenchman's Cay is the location of most of the activities at Soper's Hole as well as Kelly's on the bay side and Frenchman's Cay Resort at its Channel point.
The islands' main ferry terminal is located at Soper’s Hole, as well as several restaurants. The charming Soper's Hole Marina and shopping centre can be found at neighbouring Frenchman's Cay, which is linked to Tortola by a small bridge. Visit the nearby ruins of 17th century Dutch Fort Recovery, standing guard over the sleepy village of West End.
Things to See & Do
* Soper’s Hole Wharf and Marina
* Fort Recovery
* Jolly Roger Inn
* Smuggler’s Cove
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – $US (USD)
Language – English
Land Area – 153 sq km
Population –19,000 (Tortola)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 – 284
Port Location – Ships dock and anchor in Tortola. The pier can only hold 2 ships, however, so if more are in port, it will require tendering. Both pier and tender drop-off are located directly in Road Town, the capital of Tortola. Taxis are available, but not metered, so be sure to negotiate a price upfront.
Transport Links – Just a 30 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas in the U.S.V.I., or a 30 minute plane ride from San Juan. Ferry service to the outer-islands is convenient and economical, but outer-island air service is limited.
Taxis, rental cars and bikes are available for getting around the BVI’s.