Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a grouping of some 60 islands of varying shapes and sizes in the northeastern Caribbean.
Like the rest of the BVI, Tortola remains charmingly reminiscent of the West Indies' past; a quiet colonial atmosphere pervades the island. The capital, Road Town, is by far the busiest place to be on any shopping day, as cruise ship passengers, visitors and residents mingle among a variety of shops and restaurants. The J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens offer an enjoyable short course in the tropical herbs, plants and flowers of the island. The BVI Prison Museum displays Arawak Indian treasures and documents more recent history, such as the wreck of the HMS Rhone.
There are things to see and do on Tortola, sure, but relaxation usually tops the agenda of the people who visit here. Peaceful white-sand beaches, rolling hills, and an unassumingly friendly people make Tortola a restful haven. On some evenings, Quito's in Cane Garden Bay offers food, drink, live music and reggae dancing by the sea, and the monthly Full Moon Party at Bomba's Shack at Cappoon's Bay is legendary. But sailing is the main attraction in the British Virgin Islands, of course! Fabulous yachts out on day sails cruise Sir Francis Drake Channel, power boats speed past the out islands, and SCUBA and snorkel trips abound here.
Tortola Activities, Festivals, and Attractions
Your Tortola villa vacation rental is just the beginning of island adventures for you and your loved ones! Whether you are into watersports, nature hikes, or arts, entertainment and culture, if you plan carefully, a world of enchantments awaits you!
Sage Mountain National Park
Encompasses the highest point of a ridge running east/west along the spine of Tortola. The elevation of the Park ranges from 750 feet at the western end to 1716 feet at Mount Sage, which is the highest point in the Virgin Islands, US and British.
Original Virgin Canopy Tour
Similar to a zipline, but much safer and quieter, the Original Virgin Canopy Tour will provide you with all the thrills and adrenaline you are looking for!
BVI Festival & Other Events
Calendar updated seasonally. On Tortola, commemorate emancipation with a series of activities beginning in July that culminates in the August Monday festival parade. The heart of the action is Road Town, with more events taking place in East End-Long Look and other areas, that stretch the celebration into the next weekend.
BVI Music Fest
"Where the Sound of Music Meets the Sounds of Nature". International and regional stars in a grand melting pot of music.
BVI Spring Regatta
Since 1972; one of the Caribbean's premier annual racing events.