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I could use some help selecting lodging for a short stay on Tortola during November. My husband and I will be down for 2 weeks staying in the East End St. Thomas and would like to explore another island this trip. My hubby has been wanting to see Tortola and we feel that a 1 or 2 night stay would be nice. (too long?) I've been looking at hotels and have considered Sebastians, Sugar Mill and Lighthouse Villas? Any feedback would be really appreciated on those or others. Thank you in advance............
We've stayed at Sebastian's a couple of times, its clean and the prices are reasonable. It has a restaurant and is walking distance to a couple more, including Bomba Shack. It's on a beach, but it is more surfer friendly with frequent waves. Coco Plums is our favorite restaurant in that area. Do get a car, there is a Hertz location on West End that worked well for us.
Two nights on Tortola would give you the chance for some good exploring if you choose. First, stay on the north shore rather than on the Channel side since all of the beaches are there. A car would be advised but you could just be limin' on-site and get the occassional cab.
Sebastian's is nice, clean and is in the middle of Little Apple Bay, a nice little community with good food within walking distance, including their own.
Heritage Inn Heritage Inn sits hillside and has awesome vistas, nice big pool and great food. Very reasonably priced. A bit isolated since hillside and nothing is walkable.
Litehouse Villas would give you the CGB flavor with a bit of newer, "nicer" accoutrements. Not luxury, mind you, but above average for Tortola. It sits back from the beach and uphill a tad removing you somewhat from all that comes with the beach sceen at CGB. Also nice views of the bay.
There are loads of other places but these are in the "can't miss" category.
Thanks to all......didn't hear anything about Sugar Mill? Received a price from them and it seems to be in line with the others? We will certainly take your suggestions. From what I've read from y'all the roads remind me of my first trip (many many years ago) over what use to be called Donner Pass going to Tahoe, yikes.........
They changed the name of Donner Pass? How do you know when to put chains on??
My wife and I have stayed at Sugar Mill, Long Bay and Sebastian's. All these stays were a few years ago, so the info may be dated. We liked Sugar Mill the best of the 3. Very good food, and a small, high-service, setting. Long Bay is much bigger, and has better beach and snorkeling. Also good food, but not gourmet. Sebastian's is small and rustic. Much more economical, and quite nice. Several places within walking distance for food and entertainment. Enjoy!
When you go off the side of the cliff you've waited too long.............
it's Interstate 80 now I believe but we "wiser" California natives will always remember it as Donner.
We're thinking about just winging it, you know? Take the ferry over, pack a backpack or something small and if we decide to stay then we'll check out the ones you've recommended and who ever has availability go with it. With the economy the way it is we're wondering just how busy things will be. The drag is that the last ferry leaves pretty early to head back to STJ. Thank for all the input, this forum is quite helpful.
Okay, one more ?.........
For relaxing on a beautiful, peaceful (meaning quiet, no screaming little ones or drunk people that do not know how to act after a few drinks)
beach, that has a nice bar and restaurant what's the verdict?
"beautiful, peaceful (meaning quiet, no screaming little ones or drunk people that do not know how to act after a few drinks)
beach, that has a nice bar and restaurant what's the verdict?"
On St Thomas? Robert's at the Elysian. Occasionally the piano bar gets a bit noisy with people singing along, but it is usually a pretty subdued crowd! Great place to watch the moon rise, too.
Brewer's Bay and Nicole's for the best Pina Coladas in the BVIs and great burgers, too. Very quiet and beautiful beach with decent snorkeling. My favorite on Tortola.
I love Brewers Bay, Smugglers Cove is good too.
My husband and I just got back from Tortola. We loved it. We stayed at Elm Beach suits in Cane Garden bay. Very basic and reasonably priced. If you just want an inexpensive place to hang your hat. It was very quiet (off season). I understand it is rather busy there during on season. It might be too loud. You should visit Myetts great conch chowder, and friendly people. We loved Brewers Bay and Jonahs Bay. If you want a wild time you should go during full moon and go to Bomba's. Have fun. We sure did.