© dta Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Sail away to a tropical paradise...
Tortola is the sailing capital of the Caribbean’s most popular cruising destination.
An island of contrasts…from the hustle and bustle of the capital Road Town, to the peace and tranquility of Sage Mountain national park, to the beautiful un-crowded beaches… you’ll find everything you are searching for on vacation in Tortola.
Famed the world over for its spectacular sailing the BVI’s yachting community congregate on Tortola and many a sailing adventure is masterminded in the island’s numerous bars and watering holes.
© dta Long Bay (West End) Tortola
Tortola isn’t just for yachters though; the bevy of beaches offered by this charming island has left many a seasoned Caribbean traveller speechless.
From Cane Garden Bay to Smugglers Cove and from Little Bay to Lambert Beach this island has some seriously breathtaking beaches.
You can while away many an hour on these white, palm fringed beauties - sipping cocktails or dipping your toes into the warm, clear, blue waters.
After a tough day at the beach Tortola won’t disappoint the hungry, or thirsty, visitor.
© dta BVI Spring Regatta
There are a huge array of watering holes and restaurants on this island - whether you are looking for cocktails on the beach with sand between your toes, or five star restaurants with gourmet food and wine.
If sailing the seas isn’t your idea of fun, Tortola has plenty of fun activities to offer the landlubber. Don your walking shoes and hike up Sage Mountain to witness the traces of primeval rainforest that can still be found.
Swim with dolphins at Prospect Reef, head to Brewers Bay for some excellent snorkelling, shop ‘til you drop in Road Town for island trinkets, jewellery and crafts or find your inner ‘dude’ and learn to windsurf, kite surf or boogie board.
© dta Tortola Emancipation Festival
As the largest island you’ll also find that Tortola is the centre of the BVI’s cultural programme and throughout the year there are events such as ‘Christmas on Main Street’ or the annual ‘August Festival’ – the highlight of the BVI cultural calendar.
Check the events calendar on Ultimate BVI to see what’s coming up during your stay on Tortola.
For a more detailed map of Tortola, experience our Interactive Map here.