Road Town Tortola, BVI
Perhaps our most meaningful, historic site in the British Virgin Islands, is the Sunday Morning Well. This was where a large majority of slaves learned of their long awaited freedom from slavery!
A bronze plaque commemorating this solemn event simply states:
"On August 1st, 1834, the Proclamation of Emancipation was read in the territory of the Virgin Islands proclaiming 5,133 Negro slaves free. This historic site, popularly known as the Sunday Morning Well is one of the sites where the order was read, abolishing the English plantation slavery system."
Since slavery under British rule was finally abolished, eleven generations of British Virgin Islanders have been born into freedom and self determination.
Today, the BVI's are recognized as one of the most affluent of all Caribbean nations and Road Town, Tortola is testament to advancements made. Whenever I drive into town, I am amazed by all that is here. When you consider the entire population of the Islands is less than 25,000 people ... its really quite remarkable!
BVI Chief Minister is the Honourable, Doctor Orlando Smith with government being this territory's largest employer!
While in town, you will find many gift shops to visit. Sunny Caribbee sells various Caribbean spices, gifts and some really wonderful local artwork!
The Moorings yacht charter base is centrally located at Inner Harbour, Road Town and is the largest of many BVI bareboat charter companies. This lovely, new multipurpose Sports Complex was opened in June, 2004.
There are 4 major Banks in Tortola Including First Caribbean, First Bank, ScotiaBank and Banco Popular. You'll find ATM's at both First Bank as well as Banco Popular.
There is a lovely shopping area right Waterfront Drive, called "Crafts Alive" with several small shops offering gifts, crafts, T-shirts and wonderfully colourful, Caribbean Apparel.
Pusser's Outpost is a favourite stop for visitors. You'll find typical, North American cuisine (including pizza and burgers) as well as Pusser's own brand of British Rum, clothing, watches, cigars and gifts.
Just opposite Pusser's Outpost is the Ferry Terminal. A short distance west of the Ferry Terminal (2 minutes by taxi) is Road Reef Marina, home to both TMM Bareboat Charters and Conch Charters. The PUB, is right located dock side, next to Conch Charters and the Royal BVI Yacht Club is directly behind TMM.
Fort Burt Hotel & Restaurant is across the street from the marina for those wishing to stay at a handy spot overnight before or after your bareboat charter holiday.
V.I.S.A.R. (Virgin Islands Search & Rescue) and our BVI Marine Police are based at Road Reef Marina which is just a stones throw from Peebles Hospital, should you be in need of their services.
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For info about British Virgin Islands sailing and motor yacht charters,
Contact our Tortola bareboat charter specialist!
Phone: (284) 495-4168 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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Launched: September 29, 2004 - Updated: 23/07/06