Anchorages are harbors and bays naturally conducive to overnight anchoring by visiting yachts. They are places where a visiting boat can safely weigh anchor for a few hours, or even overnight. Some offer moorings (buoys attached to the bottom of the sea), so you don’t have to actually weigh anchor. The cost of overnighting at a mooring is usually considerably less than the cost of overnighting at a marina dock, although you will have to take your dinghy to get ashore.
Probably the favorite anchorage on Tortola, Cane Garden Bay is usually comfortable for overnight use. Be sure to stay out of the swimming area. There is a dinghy dock on the eastern end of the bay, near Quito’s Gazebo.
On the west end, Soper’s Hole has moorings for visiting yachts, plus restaurants, groceries, and other supplies.
A nice anchorage on the east end is Buck Island, off Maya Cove. Anchor on the southwestern shore in 7–10 feet of water. Also on the east, Trellis Bay, Beef Island, is a great stop for yachters. Check on the latest regulations in the area, however, as the presence of the international airport has rendered some parts of the harbor off-limits.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition