Powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbours characterize the island of Tortola, the BVI’s largest and capital island. The past of the West Indies and the present-day BVI mix and mingle with ruins existing alongside the luxury resorts that draw visitors from around the world.
Swim or stroll the secluded palm-shaded white sands of dozens of beaches, including Apple Bay, Brewer’s Bay, Smuggler’s Cove, Long Bay Beach, Elizabeth Beach and Josiah’s Bay Beach to name just a few.
If watersports or fishing are more your style, don’t miss the protected anchorages at Brandywine Bay, Soper’s Hole and Trellis Bay and surfing Cane Garden Bay or game fishing the North and South Drops
Warm, friendly and hospitable, Tortola has a wide variety of places to stay, ranging from luxury resorts and private villas to a scenic campground.
Step away from the sand just long enough to discover Tortola’s history with a visit to the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Fort Burt, Mount Healthy Windmill, Callwood’s Rum Distillery, J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens, Old Government House Museum and VI Folk Museum.
If you like shopping stop by Road Town during a cruise ship day and you will find more businesses open. Our favorite beach is Cane Garden Bay, home to Myett’s which is the most popular bar on the island serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner just steps from the calm bay. We prefer Long Bay beach for a day of relaxing in the sand as they have a restaurant with bathrooms nearby and can stop in for some light shopping as well. Try the full moon party in Trellis Bay on Beef Island (connected by bridge) or Bomba Shack in Apple Bay to ring in the New Year. Bananakeet Restaurant has the best view they also serve up some pretty good banana creme pie.