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If we rented a car and toured the island on our own, how long would it take to see all the hot spots? We are not shoppers and have no interest in shopping, but would like to see all the popular sights (Drakes Seat, etc.)

Posted : January 21, 2009 7:53 pm
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Going by your mention of Drake's seat I am assuming you are talking about STT.

Depending on how many spots you want to hit and how long you want to stay at each, I would say it's a minimum of a day. To go to Mountain Top alone and have a Banana Daquiri would be a couple of hours right there. Then if you go to Coral World, it would be several hours in itself.

So the question of how long it would take would depend on how long you wanted to stay at one spot.

I know.... my answer didn't really give you a quantifiable amount of time to consider.

Posted : January 21, 2009 8:07 pm
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Tours are so much better with narration, either live or "Memorex." There's a CD, "Drive the Virgins," that may be available from, that's designed for self guided tours. That tour narration is supposed to be 2 hours, but don't know how much time they allocate for each stop.

If you have your own vehicle, you can stop at all the hot spots, and that would take you longer than a day. Like a previous poster said, Mountain Top could take an hour if you leisurely sip your banana daiquiri. Coral World/Coki could take a day. The Greathouse could take an afternoon. Blackbeard's could take an hour or more. If you tour the museums, that could take the morning. So, it all depends. It's no fun just driving by. 🙂

Posted : January 21, 2009 9:55 pm
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Sorry - I was in a rush when I posted the question. Yes, I am talking about touring STT. I think we want to definitely do Mountain Top, Drakes Seat and Blackbeards. We have a full day from morning until about 5pm so it sounds like that will be enough time. Thanks for the help!

Posted : January 21, 2009 11:10 pm
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stop at utter delight for a special mail shake. Stop at Sapphire beach to get a view of S. John, Tortola and the cays. Swim and snorkel with the turtles.

Have a good time.


Posted : January 22, 2009 9:20 am
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Here's a link to the CD audiotour:

I've heard from several first-time visitors that it's an excellent tool for getting around and seeing all the sights!

Posted : January 22, 2009 9:42 am
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The CD STT mentions is very good. I bought it a couple years ago as I thought is was a audio/visual tour. It is not. My mistake. I already knew my way around the Island and did not need it for that purpose. I did listen to it anyway and it would be an excellent thing to have if you desire to tour the Island on your own. It has a pause function that allows you time to get from one place to the next following it's directions as well as landmarks along the way.

Posted : January 22, 2009 1:03 pm
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Stop at Saphire beach, magens beach and the rum store and you,ll forget about the rest of the tour you have planned. Dont forget the snorkel gear and dont stand on the reefs.

Posted : January 23, 2009 7:18 pm
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Ha at you'll forget rest of tour 😀

Posted : January 26, 2009 7:21 am

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