Sailing to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean 1500

Visiting Tortola (continued)

Skytop Restaurant

I took most of these pictures from the rooftop observation deck at Skytop Restaurant, off Ridge Road in the hills of Tortola. There were excellent views in all directions.

I think this is looking northeast over Tortola in the foreground at Guana in the distance. The sense of distance is compressed by the telephoto lens.   Looking southeast with Peter Island at far right; Salt Island and Cooper Island are hiding behind the palm tree. The little island next to Peter Island is Dead Chest. If you look just under the fronds of the palm tree, you can see a cruise ship steaming towards Road Harbour. Click on the picture to see a bigger version; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

Looking southeast at Peter Island at right and little Dead Chest at left.   Looking southwest, Tortola is in the foreground, St. Thomas U.S.V.I. is the long island starting at the right background, St. John U.S.V.I. is the island at left background. The very bumpy island in the middle is Great Thatch Island.

Looking nearly west at Jost Van Dyke and Little Jost Van Dyke.   A closer view, with Jost Van Dyke at left, Little Jost Van Dyke in the center (the bumpy island with the sailboats), Green Cay is the flat rocky islet at right, next to and in front of Little Jost Van Dyke. Click on the picture to see a bigger version; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

CiCi and our taxi driver atop the rooftop deck. The driver was thoroughly familiar with the regional geography and pointed out all the islands.   Something you don't expect on a tourist island in the Caribbean—an astronomical observatory. The sign says "British Virgin Islands, Briercliffe-Davis Observatory, 1984". It was located in the corner of the parking lot for Skytop Restaurant.

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