Life on Ridge Road
Mountaintops in the tropics

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Rolling Ridges
High on Tortola are
pastures with cattle grazing
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Country life is reached by going UP, a scant few minutes from Road Town, where part of the rural area is found on Tortola's mountainous spine.

Life on Ridge Road includes farms, highland Caribbean settlements, restaurants, and national parks.

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Dining
Skyworld
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Come up for a drink or a desert, always with a spectacular 360 panoramic view of the islands. Yes, many travelers, especially first timers, like to visit Skyworld, a trip into the clouds above Road Town. On the right is an antique observatory.

Surprising guests with the quality of its food, Skyworld (494-3567, open lunch and dinner) offers fine cuisine with dishes such as pumpkin soup, seafood chowder, and conch fritters. For dinner, try the Steak Diane and Steak with Peaches & Port, shrimp sauteed in garlic butter or grilled Dolphin. And a great selection of deserts is available all day, including fudge pie and key lime pie.

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Sights/Scenic Drive
Ridge Road

The views are stupendous!

Click the frames link above to view Tour Tortola by Land/Ridge Road.

The path of Ridge Road with its succession of vantage points, the "movement" of these rolling ridges, including their vertical splendor, the islands beyond with their surf and reefs, the cloud-filled horizons with their play of light and shadow--all of these inspire the "scenic" in this journey.

Lost on Ridge Road? See directions here.

Road cuts are extensive and present opportunities to view thrust-up layers at various inclines as well as individual rock outcroppings, some in especially deep, rich earth colors.

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Horseback Riding
Shadow Stables

Just east of Skyworld, Shadow Stables (494-2262) on Ridge Road offers the chance to ride horses in the sky.

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Dining

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Rudy's
Outside Bar

A local landmark whose bar stools poke out toward the road at the turnoff to Cane Garden Bay, Rudy's (495-9136) has cold sodas, beer, mixed drinks including Rudy's rum punch, barbecue on Fridays, goat water soup, hot dogs, grilled chicken leg, and fresh grilled pot fish. See directions.

RudysBehindTheBar.jpg (5381 bytes)The "in" secret at Rudy's is the lower level behind the bar hiding a few tables with a view of Brewer's Bay-- a special stopoff on the Ridge Road tour.

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Scenic Drive/Nature
Vertical "Ghuts"

RidgeRoadVerticalGhut4.jpg (16111 bytes)Slopes on this mountains of vocanic origin become so steep that side ridges form picturesque "ribs" to the main ridge.

The stream valleys or "ghuts" on this ribs become almost vertical.

The vertical ghut pictured in this collage goes beneath Cane Garden Bay Rd. on its way down from Rudy's Outside Bar.

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Sights/Hiking
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t. Sage

Of course, the highest point on Ridge Road is Mount Sage, now a National Park.

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Dining
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ountain View

At the entrance to Mt. Sage National Park, Mountain View (495-9536, open for lunch and dinner) offers excellent rotis, a fresh grilled fish platter, its popular seafood salad, grilled lobster, baby back ribs (lunch only), grilled steak with herb butter,  and conch in a lime butter sauce.

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Sights/Hiking
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t. Healthy Windmill

Just a bit off Ridge Road is the ruins of Mt. Healthy Windmill, another National Park.

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