There are several, good quality grocery stores and yacht provisioners on Tortola
. You may choose to do your own shopping in person or order groceries from any of the provisioning houses below. You'll find almost anything you'd like from gourmet foods to peanut butter and jelly. There's no need to lug groceries all the way to the British Virgin Islands. We eat too! :)
Although most bareboat charter companies have their own provisioning lists, it is often just as easy to order directly from the grocery stores. They have online order forms which are quite a bit more flexible than what the charter company meal plans offer. It's just a really big shopping list really. It's generally less expensive to order directly as well.
If hiring crew, please remember that you are responsible for supplying their provisions as well, so please consider them when planning your food & beverage budget.
Most hired crew are easy to please and will eat whatever you serve. If you want to go ashore for a few meals, it's very kind of you to take your crew along, but you are not obliged to so. Just make sure there is sufficient food aboard so they can makes themselves something, or give them $20.00 so they can go grab a burger ashore.
Many captains aren't much good at cooking so you need to give them options!
It is generally safe to order your provisioning about 2 weeks ahead of your arrival date for delivery to your yacht. Be sure you provide the name of the charter company (noted at the top of your contract), the name of the boat as well as the date and time you would like your provisions delivered.
Please do not
have provisions delivered to the yacht until you or someone in your party is at the base and able to receive them. The charter companies do not have refrigeration facilities and groceries left out on the dock will spoil in no time at all!
Provisioning Houses - Tortola
Rite Way Food Markets
Phone: (284) 494-2263
(Free delivery in Road Town area only)
Open: Mon. to Sat. 7:30 AM -10:00 PM
Sun. 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
One Mart Foods (website not working - June, 2016)
Phone: (284) 494-6999 (phone not working either)
Port Purcell, BVI
Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Bobby's Yacht Provisioning
Phone: (284) 494-2189
(free delivery to anywhere on the island)
Road Town, Tortola
Open Daily: 7:00 AM to midnight
Phone: (284) 494-2494 (Road Town Store)
(free delivery anywhere on the island)
Open Daily: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Smaller Grocery Stores
The Gourmet Chandler
owned by Rite Way Stores
Phone: (284) 494-2894
(free delivery anywhere on the island)
Nanny Cay, Tortola
Open Daily: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Call: (284) 495-4541
Open Mon. to Thurs: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fri. & Sat. 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Soper's Hole, Tortola
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Tico: Beer - Wine - Spirits and Mixes
Call: (284) 494-2211
Located in Road Town
4% surcharge on credit cards
Phone: (284) 494-4483
Lower Estate, Tortola
Open: Mon. to Fri. 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat. 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Penguin "Heat & Eat" Frozen Meals
Phone: (284) 494-3690
(free delivery for orders over $150.00)
Sailor's Ketch Seafood Provisions
Phone: (284) 495-1100
East End - offers seafood to all charter bases on Tortola. Specializing in fresh and frozen fish, crab, lobster, oysters & more.
Family Food & Bakery
Phone: (284) 545-9859
Located on Wickham's Cay II
(across the road from The Moorings)
These folks make fabulous baked goods, including assorted breads, muffins, cookies, sweet rolls, tarts, brownies, etc.
They also offer wonderful homemade soups, preserves, fresh made sandwiches and more!
: Be sure to order a large bottle of vinegar to take with you. Although Jellyfish and sea lice (Jellyfish larvae) are not a common problem in the BVI, they do appear from time to time and Vinegar is one of the best ways to reduce pain from a jellyfish sting.