Honeymoon Guide: British Virgin Islands

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THE GALLERY
102 Main St.
Road Town, Tortola
Tel: 284-494-2096

For a more varied selection of local artists, check out this gallery, run since 2003 by Brit Lisa Muddiman Gray in a century-old cottage in Road Town not far from Pusser’s (see below). Her array of limited-edition prints and original paintings—watercolors, acrylics and oils—includes her own slightly abstract silk batik paintings of flora and marine life. She also carries 27 other artists, mostly from the BVIs. (One top example is the self-taught Tortolian Lutia Tai Durante, whose oils, with their flair for textures and movement, capture BVI scenes, both from now and from his childhood.) Also check out Canadian Linda Babin’s vibrantly colored handpainted silks of West Indian architecture, as well as various artists’ maps of the Caribbean, gorgeously adorned with fanciful drawings and borders.

PUSSER’S STORE
Pusser’s Pub
Main Street at Waterfront Street
Road Town, Tortola
Also on Tortola’s West End, Leverick Bay, Marina Cay
Tel: 284-494-2467, ext. 121
pussers.com

It’s not easy to miss the red-roofed two-story building with the filigree woodwork toward the south end of Road Town. Many Caribbean islands have a classic rum; Pusser’s is the BVIs'. The business was founded in 1979 by sailor and all-around character Charles Tobias, with the aid of the recipe used for centuries by the British navy for its sailors’ grog. Now it’s sold in 47-proof and smooth 15-year-old versions—and at less than half the U.S. price. (And if you buy five bottles, you get a sixth free.) You’ll also find logo products like mugs, watches and "Nelson’s Blood" ceramic hip flasks, plus a nifty selection of foods and beach- and resortwear. If you like painkillers—the cocktail—you can pick up the mix too.

SAMARKAND JEWELLERS
94 Main St.
Road Town, Tortola
Tel: 284-494-6415

In the BVIs you’ll find the same standard international rock-and-bauble pushers you’ll find throughout the Caribbean. But this one, run by the Bibby family since 1971—currently it’s Richard and his British wife, Sally—can set you up with special keepsakes with tropical and nautical designs that really say BVI. They carry a nice range of precious local materials such as green "virgin jasper" (jadelike but earthier), volcanic blue larimar and pink conch shell, all set into gold and silver earrings, pendants and more. They also do custom work. Other cool stuff includes coins from the shipwreck Atocha, both loose and in settings, and little sloops with gold or silver sails and hulls of wood, amber or black coral. Another branch, Caribbean Jewellers, is out on the West End in Soper’s Hole Marina (Frenchman’s Cay; 284-495-4137).

SUE’S PURPLE TURTLE
Next to Kenneth’s Gas Station
Setting Point, Anegada
Tel: 284-495-8062
anegada-purpleturtle.com

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