Tortola, British Virgin Islands
- Just 10 miles long and 3 miles wide, Tortola is a sleepy island and quiet retreat for travelers truly looking to get away from it all.
- Smuggler’s Cove is a quiet beach with calm tides and crystal-clear water ideal for children and snorkelers.
- Charter a boat for a day trip to Salt Island to visit the salt ponds. The Queen of England still receives a bag of salt from the governor here as a form of payment for rent.
The Land of the Turtle Dove
The place to be on Tortola is on a boat: behind the wheel of a power boat racing through blue waters, sunning on a luxury yacht or comfortably sunken into the trampoline of a grand catamaran.
The Soggy Dollar Bar is a great place to spend the afternoon enjoying a cocktail and cuisine at one of the beach bars. Chicken roti with mango chutney is a famous local dish. The Baths at Virgin Gorda are a must-do day trip during your time here. Snorkel at The Caves, located on Norman Island, to see a beautiful array of fish and healthy, bright coral. The Indians are a set of rocks located nearby that also feature excellent snorkeling and shallow water dives.
WATER TAXI FROM ST. THOMAS
BVI SPRING REGATTA & SAILING FESTIVAL
Late March – early April
Fresh Things To Do
Cruise the Caribbean with Fish BVI captains who know exactly where to go for: tarpon, bonefish, wahoo, tuna, striped marlin, blue marlin, sharks and more. Choose a half- or full day of fishing on exclusive island tours or in deeper waters.
Catch of the Day
Catch the sunset and dinner at The Clubhouse at Frenchman and enjoy beautiful ocean views from your table. The menu rotates daily based on the day's market but be sure to order fresh yellowfin tuna if it's available.
Edge of the Ocean
Apple Bay is west of Cane Garden Bay along North Shore Road and is well known as an ideal spot for surfers. After enjoying the white sands and beautiful waters, watch the sun go down over your surfboard.
History and art buffs should check out the Old Government House for interesting tidbits about the area and work by modern Caribbean artists. The Old Government House Museum is the best non-beach related attraction on the island.
Shop 'til You Drop
Want to take home some Caribbean fashion? Main Street shops offer a variety of art by local and Caribbean artists, island wear, Sunny Caribbee spices, fine wines, nautical antiques and locally hand-crafted jewelry.
Scuba to this famous spot in the British Virgin Islands and see the wreck of the Rhone, the victim of an 1867 hurricane that sent it to the bottom of the ocean. Parts of the ship, propeller and steam engine are intact and visible.
For more information about vacationing in this destination, contact your Member Care team.
Tortola Travel Tips
The British Virgin Islands are made up of 60 tropical Caribbean islands; together they form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British isles.
Known as an offshore financial center, the British Virgin Islands boast a more prosperous economy than its Caribbean neighbors. With roughly 400,000 companies in its offshore registries by 2001, incorporation fees generate substantial revenues.
The islands are world-renowned for their sailing waters; calm and crystal clear, the waters regularly host all types of racing competitions. Tortola is the charter boat capital of the Caribbean and an ideal hub from which to island-hop.
There are some fabulous local haunts in the BVI. One of the best is the Fish n Lime, a no-frills, open-air seafood venue on Tortola's west end. Don't miss the cracked conch, and be sure to try a slice of the signature key lime pie.
Local music, called fungi, is a unique mix of African and European sounds. Get into the island beat and listen to area fungi bands, also called "scratch bands," at local bars, restaurants and beach fronts.
Best Times to Travel
Temperatures are consistent among all Caribbean islands, ranging from 70s to low 90s depending on the time of year. Dry days and cooler nights are the norm, with hurricane season hitting hardest September through November.
Inspirato in Tortola
"Frenchman's Paradise overlooks Soper's Hole, but Frenchman's Lookout is perched on the top of the hill so you can see St. John." says Sarah Beechler, Member Care Team Manager with Inspirato. "All this natural beauty surrounding you… and being on the water is number one for sure. It's a great place."
Forecasting Your Tortola Vacation
Tortola has a reputation all its own-fused with active pursuits for couples and families, along with some nightlife to top it off. Similar to most Caribbean destinations, Tortola and the surrounding British Virgin Islands enjoy the typical weather that summons beachgoers to its shoreline and sailors to its aquamarine waters. While mild and calm for the majority of the year, plan ahead for the wet and dry seasons-all depending on the vacation you desire.