Day 8-Leverick Bay-on to tortola and back to Virgin Gorda
Today we left Fischermans Cove and drove to the opposite side of the island. It was a beautiful and steep drive with some gorgeous scenery along the way. I tried to capture as much of the scenery as possible, but that really isn't possible. You have to visit here to believe it. The pictures will never do it justice.
After we got checked into our little resort, we headed back to catch the ferry "speedy's" to tortola. The ride is between 30 and 45 minutes long.
Some info about tortola:
Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands which form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands.
Tortola is a mountainous island 12 miles (19 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide which was formed by volcanic activity; its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1750 feet (530 m). Tortola lies near an earthquake fault, and minor earthquakes are common.
The population of Tortola is 23,908. The principal settlement is Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.
Financial Services are the main source of income to the island. The hugely popular International Business Companies Act, passed in the early 1980s, led to huge growth in government revenue. BVI residents are amongst the most afluent in the Eastern Caribbean. Because of this, a large number of residents from other Caribbean islands work there.
Even though the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, the U.S. dollar is the official currency. The island is home to many offshore companies that do business worldwide.
Visitors either arrive by boat or fly to Beef Island and drive across the short Queen Elizabeth Bridge to Tortola. White-sand beaches, such as Cane Garden Bay, are popular attractions.
We really didn't have a lot of time to explore Tortola, however, it was nice to visit and see how festival and lively the island can be. It will have to become one of the return destinations for me in future years.
Leverick Bay Resort & Marina sits on the southern shore of one of the most unique bays within Caribbean Sea. Encircled by small islands and barrier reefs these sheltered waters of North Sound offer a magnificent playground in every shade of aquarine imaginable.
A few steps from your room take you to a sandy beach and the fresh water swimming pool, the Pusser's Beach Bar, Restaurant and renowned Company Store, shopping and tennis.