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.
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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.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airports
    Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS), Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
  • Water Taxi from St.Thomas
    45 minutes
  • Average Temperature
    81° F
  • Documents Needed
  • BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
    Late March – early April

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  • Day Trips to Dream About

    Captain your own Boston Whaler or center console vessel for the day and explore the lush islands and cays that comprise the British Virgin Islands. Or for a more full-service experience, ask your concierge to charter a fully staffed and provisioned catamaran or yacht for the day and venture even farther. Depart by morning for a half- or full-day cruise, or try a sunset champagne cruise. Tortola and the surrounding islands are home to untold secluded beaches and prime spots for reef snorkeling. You won't find a better boating destination.

    Where to Go:

    Once aboard a boat, you may want a destination for the day. Our favorites include:

    • Jost Van Dyke, a gorgeous snorkeling destination known as the best place in the area to spot sea turtles
    • The Baths, where you'll marvel at the huge boulders and wade in the lovely tidal pools
    • St. John, whose 7,000 acres are primarily national park and include beaches, hills and great hiking trails
    • Norman Island, known for its bright, healthy coral and shallow dives 
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Tortola Travel Tips

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  • 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."

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  • 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.


Map of Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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