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Road Town is the capital and largest city on the British Virgin Islands. It has a total population of about 10,000 inhabitants and is located along the central southern coast of the main island Tortola. Apart from being the administrative hart, the town is also functioning as a major port for many types of vessels, including large cruise ships which bring in many tourists of which the economy of both Road Town and the entire country is relying on. There are good facilities for travellers here, as well as good connections to neighbouring islands and to the United States Virgin Islands. In and around town the major landmarks are Fort Burt and Fort George, two colonial forts which are well worth a visit, also because of the views over the city, harbour and island.
Road Town has a very pleasant and tropical climate with generally warm and humid weather. The seabreeze makes things relatively mild though and water is never far away. Temperatures generally average around 30 °C during the day yearround and 23 °C at night. December to May is the dry season, where July to October is the rainy season, but this generally means some showers at the end of the day instead of days of rain on end. Hurricanes are possible though from August to October.
Road Town is just a short drive from the international airport. Fly BVI is a charter airline serving San Juan in Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands and Antigua. They also serve Anegada and Beef Island]. Island Birds has charters from San Juan and Saint Martin to Tortola as well. BVI Airlines offers charter flights in the region from Tortola.
Aero Gorda flies to Anegada, the northermost British Virgin Island. There are 4 flights between Tortola and Anegada as well with Clair Aero.
From Road Town there are ferries about every 50 minutes to Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. Other services go to Anegada and Virgin Gorda, two other British Virgin Islands.
Contact Caribbean Maritime Tortola Fast Ferry (340) 777-2800), Smith's Ferry (340) 775-7292 or Native Son Inc. (340) 774-8685 for details about schedules and prices.
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