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Best French Fusion: The Clubhouse at Frenchman’s
An attentive staff serves impeccably prepared French/Fusion cuisine at this West End restaurant that features gorgeous views of the beach. Chef Paul Mason passionately pursues his craft, creating meals that earn ardent praise from The Clubhouse patrons.
The menu changes according to the day's market, but you can be sure that whatever the markets bring, Chef Paul will do something delicious with it. The brunch is especially well liked, and the sample menu includes tasty-sounding items such as Frenchman's Toast, an omelette with salmon and a dessert called Mango Crisp. The sample dinner menu is just as alluring, featuring Pina Colada Drunken Duckling, lobster and pork shu mai.
Whatever the meal, The Clubhouse at Frenchman's guarantees views almost as impressive as the cuisine.
Best Surfing: Josiah’s Bay
Josiah's Bay is a picturesque setting that offers a laid back sand-n-surf experience. It's also one of the best surf destinations on Tortola.
This beach offers exceptional surfing from October to April. This means the riptides can be strong, making the water non-friendly to swimmers. So non-surfers hang out on the sandy beach to sunbathe and watch the surfers catch big waves.
The beach backs up to a farm, so the occasional livestock might wander across the beach, which only makes the area feel more secluded and provincial.
Best Boombox and Beer: Stephen’s Beach Bar at Smuggler’s Cove
Near Smuggler’s Cove on an unmarked road, the bar's eponymous owner keeps loud music going out of a boombox and serves cold beers and mixed drinks.
The weekends get more crowded, as people come to see the view of Jost Van Dyke in the distance and relax on the beach at Smuggler's Cove. Once you're done hanging out on the palm tree-fringed beach, head back up to Stephen's for another drink.
This blend of classic beach bar and beautiful beach is what the Caribbean is all about.
Most Awesome-est Sandwich: Trellis Kitchen
Located on the waterfront at Trellis Bay, the Trellis Kitchen and Cyber Cafe serves up tasty food and high speed Wi-Fi. The food spans breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Full Monty Breakfast is the whole shebang, and their “Famous Awesome Sandwich” speaks for itself.
The restaurant is also the site of the Trellis Bay Full Moon parties. Local bands play well into the night to celebrate this phase of the lunar cycle in an exciting party with distinctly local flair.
Head out here for dinner one evening, or stop by for lunch during a day at the beach. Start your day with a Trellis breakfast, or greet the full moon in party style. Trellis Kitchen is always a fun spot to be.
Best Day Sail: Voyage Escapes - Mystique Sailing
You've heard about the strong sailing and charter culture in the BVI. Now it's time for us to tell you about one of these charters, so you can enjoy the adventure and excitement of exploring the waters and islands around Tortola.
Mystique Sailing runs charters out of Soper’s Hole, Tortola. They operate a beautiful sailing catamaran that travels to Jost Van Dyke, Norman Islands and the Baths at Virgin Gorda.
Your sailing charter wouldn't be complete without some exploration. The operators provide snorkeling gear (ages 8+), life vests and 2-man kayaks, so you can get in the water and see for yourself what makes Tortola and the BVI an amazing place.
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