The BVI Music Fest is the big musical shindig in the lovely British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Each May, artists from around the globe make their way to Cane Garden Bay on the island of Tortola for the three day jam. Acts range from reggae to blues to salsa to gospel. This year, the festival will take place from May 23 to 25, 2008. The 2008 BVI Music Fest Lineup Looks great, with performances from Damien Gong Marley, Jr. and David Rudder. And you couldn’t ask for a better location for a festival, the BVI’s are chock full of great things to see and do.
There are three shuttles available for festival goers. For $5.00 each direction, you can hop on and off at the Road Town Admin Building, the parking lot adjacent to the West End Police Station (that would be the one to use if you’re taking a ferry) or Rudy’s Bar. Pick-up’s will take place every half hour from 6:00 to 11:30 each evening. Return trips are “Continuous immediately following last performance.”
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Ferries are available from the West End, directly in to Cane Garden Bay. If this is your plan, you have to park in the lot adjacent to the West End Police Station and get the shuttle to the Dock at West End. Ferries will run every hour on the hour from 7:00 to 11:00. Return trips will run continuously from 1:30am – 3:30am. Call me crazy, but I suspect you could hop on one of the earlier boats dropping off passengers. They are going back to the same place, after all. Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola only run during daylight hours, so plan accordingly.
Smith’s Ferry Service (340) 775-7292 USVI / (284) 495-4495BVI
Native Sun Inc. (340) 775 USVI / (284) 494-4617 BVI
Caribbean Maritime Excursion (284) 494-2323 BVI
Don’t want to fight the crowds? If you don’t own your own yacht, you can rent one and enjoy the tunes from the comfort of the sea. The stages offer jumbo screens, big enough for you to see from the boat. Yachts are staffed with a local captain/guide to take care of you during your stay. Food and cleaning service are provided. For more information, you can contact services [at] bvimusicfest [dot] info or call (284) 495-3378 for more information