Boating and Sailing Near Road Town

Adventure awaits in the seas surrounding Road Town

Photo credit © Silmaril Sailing

The Caribbean is well-known for its excellent sailing conditions, but even within this region that yachters can't get enough of, Road Town stands out.  In addition to pleasure sailor who hire boats for a few hours of sailing out of this town, many sailors even make the journey all the way from the east coast of the United States for an adventure on the high seas they'll not soon forget.  

If you just want to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Take a look at the listing below for names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Aaron Rentals (284) 494-8917 Downtown Road Town
Aristocat Daysails (284) 499-1249 Village Cay Marina - Downtown Road Town
BVI Yacht Charters -- Road Town
Conch Charters (284) 494-4868 Fort Burt Marina - Road Town
Footloose Sailboat Charters (284) 494-0528 Wickhams Cay 2 - Road Town
True Blue Power Boats (284) 541-6666 Prospect Reef Marina - Road Town

Boat Rentals and Charters

An international sailing trip takes a lot of planning and you'll have to worry about clearing in with customs and immigrations which can be a time consuming process.  Of course, this can all be skipped if you decide to charter a boat when arrive in Road Town.  There are more than half a dozen charter operations within Road Town alone, so you should be able to make this type of arrangement very easily. 

Thinking about renting a charter boat? You can take a look at the following chart to get in touch with regional charter operators.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
B V I Marine Charters Ltd (284) 494-0303 Downtown Road Town
Epic Yacht Charters (954) 543-1270 Downtown Road Town
Regency Charter Services (284) 495-1970 Downtown Road Town
Sunsail BVI (888) 350-3568 Downtown Road Town
The Moorings BVI (888) 979-0673 Road Town

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location Island
Kiote Sails (340) 643-5172 Coral Bay St. John


Located at Port Purcell, accessible via Road Town Harbour is the Road Town Jetty.  This spot serves as one of two ports of entry for yachting sailing to Tortola; the other is located in West End Bay.  Although primarily used for local ferry companies, cruise ship tenders are known to use the facility.  This is where you can pull in to gain official entry into the British Virgin Islands.  Customs and Immigrations are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but they close at 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  They are closed on Sundays and official holidays; however if you make arrangements in advance they may meet you at off hours.  If not, you'll have to sail offshore with your yellow "Q" flag flying until an official is available.  Then, you and everyone aboard will be required to present a passport in addition to the boat's paperwork.  It will cost somewhere between $25 and $35(USD) per person per day to clear customs. 

The Road Town Jetty has 190 meters of berthing space, but there are other places to rent a docking slip along the coast of Road Town, especially around the Inner Harbour.

Evaluating the option of sailing to Road Town using your own boat, or one you charter? The following chart lists marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Bletiner's Marina (284) 494-1000 Kingstown
Clipper Marina -- Road Town
Footloose Marina (284) 494-0528 Road Town
Fort Burt (284) 494-4200 Road Reef - Road Town
Manuel Reef Marina (284) 495-2066 Albion
Mega Surface Marina (284) 494-2393 Road Town
Moorings Marina (284) 494-2332 Road Town
Prospect Reef Marina (242) 494-3773 Road Town
Road Reef Marina -- Road Town
Tortola Yacht Club (284) 494-2124 Downtown Road Town
Tortola Yacht Services -- Road Town
Village Cay Marina -- Downtown Road Town
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Boughers Bay - Downtown Road Town 18.425369802 -64.6168184274
Brandy Wine Bay - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) East of Road Town 18.4150685122 -64.5858979225
Maya Cove - 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) East of Road Town 18.4234765283 -64.5670044422

Whether you want to charter a speedy motor boat or sail your own yacht into the harbor, there is something for every type of sailor who visits Road Town.  


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