Honeymoon Guide: British Virgin Islands

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If you’re visiting or staying on tiny Anegada, swing by Sue Wheatley’s place (yes, it’s pretty much all purple, with a white picket fence) out near the Anegada Reef Hotel. Sue is from England, and for years she ran the hotel with her late Virgin Gorda–born husband. She carries many of the same things you’ll see elsewhere in the BVIs—Pusser’s rum, beachwear, jams, chutneys, soaps, CDs, artwork and crafts—but showcases them all in a particularly attractive, cozy and laid-back setting. It’s also the island’s prime spot to check your e-mail (if you really must).

119 Main St.
Road Town, Tortola

Founded by a trio of Americans who’ve been living here since 1979, this shop in a sweet West Indian–style house stocks more than 300 products. About two-thirds of the merchandise is edible—your usual hot sauces, chutneys and so forth but also some more unusual items such as hibiscus wine. The rest includes crafts, books, soaps, fragrances and more. Being gringos, they’ve got that marketing savvy, hawking the likes of Arawak Love Potion (a local tea) and the Sunshine Style Starter Kit (West Indian seasonings).There’s also a gallery of artwork from not just the BVIs but also the USVI and beyond, including the likes of Lisa Etre’s colorful geometrics and David Clough’s impressionistic BVI scenes.

The Valley
Virgin Gorda
Tel: 284-495-5500

Given how boaty the BVIs are, it’s no shocker that the best place for shopping in Virgin Gorda’s low-key capital is its marina, in the middle of town. Of the 21 tenants, all but four are shops of some kind. Two are especially fine. Dive BVI (284-495-5513; divebvi.com) sports a nice collection of tropical wear, shoes and gifts. Thee Artistic Gallery (284-495-5104) carries good-quality tropical-themed jewelry (especially tanzanite and opal) as well as local artwork, music, spices, books and sundry stuff that makes great mementos or gifts. When you’re done, have a bite or a nip at the well-known Bath and Turtle (see Eat).

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