Just off The Bitter End Resort in Virgin Gorda BVI’s, the water is clean, warm and abundant with life. The hills are green, the air clean and this year there were butterfly’s everywhere we went. The Hibiscus and Plumeria flowers filled the air with a sweet smell. I saw more full rainbows, running the length of the sky than I can count. There is no traffic, hardly any people and a pick of water sports such as diving, snorkeling, swimming, wake boarding, kite boarding, wind surfing etc.
The one catch to this paradise for me as a healthy Vegan was the challenge of getting fresh produce at a descent cost. Planning is key on the island and also a good sized budget.
The best place to get fresh produce is at Bucks Food Market is located in Spanish Town. This is the best option on Virgin Gorda although it is a $30 taxi ride from Bitter End.. They receive their shipment from Tortola on Mondays so it’s best to either order from them earlier or go in late on Monday or early Tuesday. Produce is limited so be prepared for that. It is also very expensive. A normal, 40 pound box of bananas cost me $60.00. I pay for my own produce on board because I eat so much of it, so I definitely felt the burn at Bucks.
Also, most of what they get is imported from Central and South America. For some reason nothing is grown in Virgin Gorda. It’s a shame because it seems like it would be ideal for everyone if they did.
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You can find local produce in Tortola at Road Town. There is often the North Sound Express Ferry running from Bitter End for approximately $75 return and takes one hour. You should call the ferry and ask what time and if they are running. Speedy’s in Spanish town is more reliable but again you should call. A taxi to Spanish town from Gun Creek at Virgin Gorda is around $30 and then the ferry is $30 round trip and also one hour. There are two places I shopped while there.
Right Way is the largest super market and you will find an abundant of produce but also very little local produce.
Good Moon Farms is an organic farm, only dealing with local farmers. You can order online and contact the owner Aragorm by email to arrange where to meet him for pick up. His produce is high quality but don’t expect it to be anywhere near ripe when you get it. You must plan ahead for his produce and everything is seasonal because it’s local. Definitely order some Mangos from him if you can, they are the tastiest we’ve had.
Photo Credit: Good Moon Farms
With your local produce make sure to have a large smoothie and/or fresh fruit throughout the day. If you are eating out try these options for Vegan fare.
Best for taste:
Crawl Pub: Veggie Tacos. These are an amendment to the Pork Tacos but the Chef obliged and they were extremely tasty. You will get two soft tacos filled with beans, lettuce, guacamole and salsa with a side of very tasty french fries.
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Fat Virgin Café: Veggie Roti. This was absolutely delicious and pretty healthy. You will get a home made soft, roti filled with curried veggies and a side salad. Just remember to ask for no dressing or you will get a creamy dressing on top. Then, order a side of their home made fries and you are in for a delicious treat.
Black Bean Burger Saba Rock: I didn’t try but the option is there.
Black Bean & Quinoa Tacos at Saba Rock. These were not good at all. I received two hard taco shells that were greasy, filled with black beans and quinoa and store bought, seasoned potatoes. Nothing about it tasted good or fresh.
Pasta at Rock Café in Spanish Town. We went here for something different and while the Crew had a good time and some enjoyed their dinner, my pasta was disappointing, oily and small. I even asked for very little oil. Not to mention this was around $20.
Veggie Burger one night in the buffet at Bitter End: Only offered one day a week on their buffet menu. I did not try this option as you have to buy the whole buffet.