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Road Harbour

Posted by Naz on May 4, 2018
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Road Harbor is located on the south coast of Tortola. It is approximately 12 miles away if you are heading east on your charter yacht from the ferry terminal at Soper’s Hole, West End, Tortola, but only 9 miles away from the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport if you are moving along the coast road heading west. Coming from the east, the approaches and entry are clear as far as up to Hog’s Valley Point. Get your bearings using the tanks of shell depot on the western shore of Fish Bay. You can head between the Scotch Bank Buoy and the buoy on the edge of Burt Point marking Lark Bank from there.

As you proceed on your yacht charter journey, look for two large round fuel tanks along the starboard shore in Fish Bay when you are approaching Road Harbor from the Francis Drake Channel. There is a big radio tower along the starboard shore just a bit further in. Your landmark on the western shore will be the rounded roof atop the Fort Burt Hotel that is located on Burt Point. The first buoy you will detect if your approach is from the southwest, is a flashing green buoy (3 sec) away from the Burt Point and this marks Denmark Bank. If you move further into the east, there is a flashing red buoy (8 sec) situated away from Fish Bay marking Scotch Bank. You should keep this to starboard of your charter yacht as you enter Road Harbor.

There are a few things that you should be wary of as you proceed with your charter yacht. Some of the lights on the buoys might not work. You might also want to avoid Denmark Bank as it can prove to be dangerous for deep draft keelers during a heavy swell.

General Information

Road Harbor is located in Road Town and is its primary waterfront. It is the commercial seaport and the main port of entry for the British Virgin Islands. Road Harbor and the shores immediately around it form the largest concentration of marinas in the Lesser Antilles, and it is deep and large enough to deal with many cruise ships at once. This is the reason why Tortola is known as a port of call.

You will find quite a few small marinas that serve as yacht charter bases offering services and accommodation to the boaters inside Road Harbor, such as the Road Reef Marina and the Fort Burt Marina. Just next to Customs, inter-island ferries stop at the ferry dock on the northwest tip of Road Harbor.

Road Harbor, British Virgin Islands, Photo By: Josh Friedman (Source: Flickr)

What to do in Road Harbour?

This is the place where the journey to the BVI by yacht charter usually begins and ends for many charterers. Road harbour consists of a number of marinas that will allow you to stop by. The prominent features within this place are the government dock and cruise ship docks, but they are for commercial and official use.

Places of Interest

Road Reef Marina

This wonderful marina lies along the western side of Road Harbor, located on the north side of Burt Point. This is home to the popular TMM yacht charters. You will find electricity, water and ice on the shore. Tortola Marine Management (TMM) looks after the marina. Fuel docks are not available because of the adverse environmental impact that might be induced by a spill.

Fort Burt Marina

You will find this marina just next to Road Reef Marina on the western shore of Road Harbor. The marina is famous for Conch Charters. There is a fuel dock available on the outer dock. You will find The Pub, which is a bar-restaurant and its terrace is the usual hangout place for yachties.

The Government Dock

This is the primary point of entry to the BVI and the main office of BVI Tourist Department. Vessels coming from outside of BVI will require clearing customs and immigration here. The docks here are used by commercial vessels and ferries. You will find the main ferry dock here as well. You can get a cab or walk into the town from here.

Baugher’s Bay

Baugher’s Bay is located on the eastern side of the harbour and is mainly a commercial port from where the ferry of Peter Island Resort operates. You will find a few restaurants as well, including the Chillin’ Cafe that serves Caribbean food for lunch and dinner, and Capriccio di Mare that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for a reasonable price.

Wrap up an unforgettable yacht charter journey to the BVI by spending a couple of quiet afternoons in this wonderful place that has so much to offer.

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