J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens
Established in 1979, the J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens spans 2.87 acres of land a short walking distance northeast from Tortola’s Baugher’s Bay. It contains a pergola walk, lily pond, cacti garden, waterfall, tropical exotic bird life, and a miniature tropical rainforest. It is a leisurely spot for both residents and visitors of all ages.
Things to know before you go
- Restrooms and Wi-Fi are available on-site.
- The garden has a nursery where you can purchase featured plants in the form of seeds or grown plants.
- The park’s massive Banyan Tree offers a good group photo opportunity.
- The gardens are a must-visit for botany enthusiasts and nature lovers.
How to get there
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens is about a 15- to 20-minute walk from the ferry terminal and the cruise ship pier; you can also grab a cab from the pier. Located 0.5 mile from downtown Road Town, off Main Street, it’s about a 15-minute drive from Cane Garden Bay Beach.
When to get there
With the British Virgin Islands’ year-round climate staying consistent, the gardens maintain a steady opening hours schedule. You may encounter the biggest crowds here when cruise ships are docked, but overall the gardens are a peaceful retreat away from the majority of tourists as well as the island heat.
Cane Garden Bay
Located almost directly across the island from J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, Cane Garden Bay is Tortola’s most popular beach destination, offering water sports activities as well as swimming, and is ideal for travelers with small kids because of its shallow water and gentle waves. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and entertainment options here.