Soper's Hole - British Virgin Islands Photos
A sand bar 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 in the BVI for a couple of years in the late 1700's at Soper's Hole. 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!
Today, the only one flying the Jolly Roger in Soper's Hole is Lou Schwartz, owner of the Jolly Roger Restaurant & Inn on Tortola.
As you enter Soper's Hole from the water, you'll see the Jolly Roger 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 new 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 De Best Cup Coffe Shop and breakfast Emporium operated by your smiling host, Omar! Bring your appetite! Omar's delicious breakfast sandwiches are very tasty and his Cappucciono'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 Blue Parrot Cafe!
The Blue Parrot Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily and offers a marvelous selection of international coffees. Upstairs from the Blue Parrot you'll find Mauricio Handler's Photography studio. Drop in and take a peek at some of Mauricio's BVI photos ... I promise you, they are much, much better than mine! His pictures are amazing!
At Bluewater Divers Dive Shop, Rose or Keith 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 on Tortola.
There are several clothing & gift shops on Frenchman's Cay. 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. The Sea Urchin Shop and Latitude 18 carry name brand, casual clothes, sandals, sun glasses and other gift items.
Check out Samarkand Jewellers and BVI Internet Services if you're in the market for some lovely, hand made jewellery or if you'd like to send an e:mail home!
There are now two provisioners to fill your hamper at Soper's Hole Marina on Frenchman's Cay. The Harbour Market and the Ample Hamper Too. Both stores offer basic provisioning and deli items, gourmet goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, beer, liquor and soft drinks. The Harbour Market has the largest selection of items and their pricing is only about 5% to 10% higher than in Road Town ... which is a very welcome change for the area!
Soper's Hole & Frenchman's Cay, is a great place to stock up on your provisions, fill your water & fuel tanks, plan a dinner out at the Jolly Roger Restaurant or Pusser's Landing and enjoy a fabulous BVI sunset!
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Launched July 21/04 - Updated: 28/02/11