Caribbean Sailing Vacations by Ed Hamilton

See how Tortola has changed in the almost 40 years we have been in the charter industry!
The group of palm trees (B) in the lower picture are the same ones behind Barclays Bank in the center of modern day Road Town. Hard to believe!
Detail 1 (small).
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Detail 2 (small).
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Click on the links above to view details of both pictures plus an explanation.
Until the late 60’s, Road Town was primarily built around a single lane road tucked into the hillside, with the stores backing onto the water. A loophole in the law allowed an entrepreneur to own any land he reclaimed. He made his fortune and Road Town changed for ever.

Read an article in our newsletter describing what Ed found when he moved to Tortola in 1972.
For more old pictures of The British Virgin Islands, visit the Historic section of our main site.