The second largest town in the British Virgin Islands is Spanish Town, located in southern Virgin Gorda. This tourist center is popular amongst yachters, and in fact, the only way to directly access Spanish Town from outside of the Virgin Islands is by boat. Once they've arrived in Spanish Town, there are several options available for getting around, including hiring a taxi and renting a car.
There are no international direct flights to Spanish Town, or even on the whole of Virgin Gorda, so if you'd like to fly to the island you'll have to make a connecting flight or two before taking a cab to your final destination in Spanish Town. Ferry services, yachters, and cruise passengers also find occasion to regularly travel to Spanish Town.
Spanish Town has some of the most comprehensive transportation options available to tourists in the British Virgin Islands. Rental Cars, taxis, and even buses (to an extent) can all be relied upon to get you from Point A to Point B.
There is no airport in Spanish Town, but there is one across the island known simply as the St. Thomas, BVI, the in Sint Maarten, and the on which means you will have to make at least one connecting flight before you reach your final destination.. The airport is basically just a small runway capable of handling charter planes, and federal regulations limit the number of airlines and flights allowed to fly into the island. As of April 2013, , , and are the only charters flying into Virgin Gorda. In order to hire them, you'll have to be prepared to fly from the on
You can learn more about flying to Spanish Town by clicking here.
Virgin Gorda has recently added a port of entry to the island, which makes it easier for Spanish Town's visitors to sail direct. Upon arrival, the amenities are gorgeous and will care for your every need, but you'll first need to clear in. Click here to learn more.
Cruises that focus on the Virgin Islands as well as Eastern Caribbean as a whole will often include Spanish Town on their itinerary. Because of the lack of a large port, however, the cruise ship will typically be moored or anchored a ways out from the island of Virgin Gorda and passengers wishing to explore the area will be tendered to Spanish Town via the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor.
With one rental car agency located directly in Spanish Town, the choice seems obvious. However, there are several other options nearby, and many tourists feel a lower weekly rate or a specific vehicle they are looking forward to renting is worth the taxi fare to pick it up. All of Virgin Gorda's rental car agencies are locally owned and known for their many years of experience, so who you rent with may simply come down to a deal you came across or a pleasant conversation over the phone. The well-kept roads in Spanish Town make renting a car an easy choice to make. Learn more about renting a car in Spanish Town by clicking here.
If you plan to spend most of your time at your resort, only venturing out for less than a handful of excursions, you might find utilizing local taxi services to be the best method of transportation for you. Within Spanish Town rates are very affordable, but once you leave the town and start heading towards places like Gun Creek or Leverick Bay, you could easily spend about $30(USD) one way. Check out a comprehensive list of the set fares for transportation around Spanish Town here.
If you're looking for public transportation to be your main method of getting around Spanish Town, you will be sadly disappointed. There is no publicly run bus system anywhere in the British Virgin Islands, however, there is a form of bus that runs around Spanish Town and Virgin Gorda. These “safari” buses are trucks that have been modified with bench seating to carry up to 25 passengers at a time. They typically run all day back and forth between Spanish Town or North Sound and the Baths, especially when a cruise ship is docked, but if you happen upon one that isn't completely full, you may be able to talk the driver into taking you somewhere else. Fare costs between $3 and $5(USD) per person.
There are a handful of routes that come into Spanish Town that help connect visitors to the other islands in the area. You will have no problem finding a ferry to take you to Tortola, where you will be able to take a ferry to Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. Additionally, you can also take a ferry with Speedy's Ferry Service that will take you over to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
To read more about the different routes and companies, click here.
Whether you fly right to the island, or feel compelled to take a ferry from neighboring islands directly into the heart of Spanish Town, once you arrive you'll find there are plenty of ways to get around. Your decision regarding which method you use will likely be reflected in the amount of attractions you want to see and how much time you'll be spending visiting locations outside of town.
Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.