Soper's Hole - British Virgin Islands Photos
A sand spit and a very small bridge join Frenchman's Cay and Tortola at the West End of Tortola. Soper's Hole is a very picturesque harbour as well as an excellent overnight anchorage.
Blackbeard is said to have taken up residence here for a couple of years in the late 1700's. The area provided several excellent lookout points at which his men could spot ships laden with goods, bound for far away lands.
Like shooting fish in a barrel, Blackbeard would raise the Jolly Roger, set sail and swoop down, upon the unsuspecting ships. Once he had "dispatched" their crews, he'd seize their ships and whatever cargo they carried.
He made quite a living out of plundering and murder!
As you enter Soper's Hole from the water, you'll see the Fish 'n Lime Inn & Restaurant and the Tortola, West End Ferry Terminal on your left. There's an ample number of mooring balls in Soper's Hole to go around. Just look around for them and be sure you choose one which isn't privately owned! (They are marked.)
Frenchman's Cay is home to Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina, Frenchman's Cay Resort & Restaurant and a handful of small businesses catering to the BVI sailing community. While exploring the harbour by dinghy, you'll discover there is access to Kelly's Suprette & the Steak & Chop Restaurant if you dinghy around the little sand bar and under the bridge.
The dock closest to the sand spit on Frenchman's Cay is Sheppard's Marina.
Across the road from Sheppard's Marina is Pisces Restaurant. Just down from there is D' Best Cup Coffee Shop and breakfast Emporium operated by your smiling host, Omar! Bring your appetite! Omar's delicious breakfast sandwiches are very tasty and his Cappuccino's can't be beat! Omar also offers wireless Internet access.
If you'd like a quick tour around the island, or to visit Bomba's Surfside Shack for a night of fun, look for Dave & his taxi under the tree behind the café!
The Harbour Market offers basic provisioning and deli items, gourmet goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks.
The coffee shop is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for breakfast and offers a marvelous selection of international coffees, sandwiches, hot breakfast, fresh fruit platters and more. They stop serving food at 12:30.
At Bluewater Divers Dive Shop, Keith Royle or one of his staff will be happy to fill your scuba tanks or arrange rendezvous dives or scuba lessons for you. You may also opt for a day trip on their dive boats operating out of Nanny Cay.
There are several clothing & gift shops at Soper's Hole Marina. Visit BVI Apparel for great T-shirts. Pusser's Store offers their own brand of excellent casual clothes, great gift items, spices, watches, and more. Culture Classic Gift Shop & Zenaida's Boutique sell very interesting gift items and clothing.
Latitude 18 carries name brand, casual clothes, sandals, sun glasses and other gift items. Sunny Caribbee is famous for its incredible array of Caribbean spices and hand crafted gift items. This whole area is a great place to shop for that special gift to take home.
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Launched: July 21, 2004 - Last Updated: March 10, 2014