British Virgin Islands Cruise Port
As the main harbor in the archipelago, the British Virgin Islands Cruise Port in Road Town is a popular destination for Caribbean cruise liners and a gateway to the region. After passing through the Tortola Pier Park (located next to the terminal), travel by ferry between the other BVIs or spend time enjoying the beaches and bays of Tortola Island.
Explore historic Road Town, a bustling city with British influence, upon docking at the British Virgin Islands Cruise Port, before taking short ferry rides to enjoy The Baths on Virgin Gorda, the bars on Jost Van Dyke, and the coral reefs off Anegada.
Shore excursions typically cover Tortola tours—from Sage Mountain National Park to Smuggler’s Cove and beyond—as well as trips to nearby islands, while kayaking and other water sports are also popular activities. You can also easily access the nearby US Virgin Islands via ferry to make the most of your time in the region.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The British Virgin Islands are comprised of around 60 islands, of which Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke are among the most popular.
- Smaller ships sometimes dock at neighboring islands, but the Road Town port is the biggest and most frequented in the BVIs.
- As on Overseas British Territory, cars drive on the left in the British Virgin Islands; however, most vehicles are left-hand drive.
- Water sports—particularly diving, sailing, and snorkeling—are popular in the British Virgin Islands.
- Taxis in the British Virgin Islands are both reliable and cheap ways of exploring the islands; confirm the fare before boarding.
How to Get to Tortola From the British Virgin Islands Cruise Port
Most cruise liners dock in Road Town on Tortola Island, a short walk from the Road Town city center, the walkable capital of the BVIs. To go elsewhere on Tortola, take a taxi from the dock area; to visit Virgin Gorda or other surrounding islands, including the US Virgin Islands, take a ferry from the nearby ferry terminal.
English is the official language of the British Virgin Islands, although Caribbean patois is also widely spoken. The currency is the US dollar and (contrary to what the country's name might suggest) British pounds are not accepted. You can find ATMs in Road Town on Tortola and Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.