Beef Island Airport, British Virgin Islands
On your way to the Airport on Beef Island, you'll pass a landmark which many BVI vacationers used to find charming; our toll booth for the Queen Elizabeth II bridge, situated at East End, Tortola.
A stick with a painted coconut nailed to one end was extended to cars crossing the bridge by an attendant and served as a collection cup for the .50 cent toll.
Unfortunately, in the interest of fiscal responsibility our toll booth has been retired and may one day be replaced by an automated toll booth or some such thing. The price of progress, I suppose?
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS)
Our main airport serving Tortola and the British Virgin Islands is on Beef Island. When you arrive for your BVI sailing or motor yacht vacation, you will be met at the airport by your taxi driver. He will be holding a sign with your charter company name. If you do not see your driver immediately, go to the dispatcher located in the corner of the arrivals area and ask for the driver from the charter company with whom you will be sailing. Please don't leave with any other driver if a taxi has already been arranged!
Airlines servicing Tortola and the British Virgin islands (EIS) include, American Eagle, Caribbean Star, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air, Caribbean Sun & several private charter companies. Be sure to check in at the departures area at least two hours prior to your departure. Security for all international flights has tightened up!
In the foreground of the photo above, the Queen Elizabeth II bridge connects Tortola and Beef Island. The road follows the edge of a large salt pond, with Long Bay Beach to its left. Trellis Bay (dotted with sailboats) is just above and left. Virgin Gorda can be seen in the distance to the left with parts of Broken Jerusalem and Round Rock to the right.
The bridge (which was completed in 2003), replaced one opened by British Monarch, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, during her visit to Tortola in 1967. Prior to that, a small wooden raft (which was just large enough for one vehicle) was manually pulled back and forth across the water between the two islands.
There are a couple of really lovely beaches here which may seem difficult to reach, but they are definitely worth your trouble. Long Bay beach is stunning, very protected and almost always offers placid conditions for swimming and sunbathing. See more info and photos of Long Bay beach and Trellis Bay below.
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Launched: 2004 - Last Updated: January 27, 2014