The island of Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands. Here you’ll find white-sand beaches, dining, shopping, and plenty of sightseeing. Road Town, the British Virgin Islands’s capital, is a boating activity hub. The Sage Mountain National Park offers hiking trails and panoramic views in the island’s southwest.
Expect a warm, tropical climate on Tortola. Since the island is mountainous, there are some regional weather variations, such as cooler temperatures in the highest parts of the mountains.
Places to See
Cane Garden Bay. The most popular beach on the island that’s worth a visit. You’ll find chair and umbrella rentals as well as restaurants and bars. The water is clear and calm and perfect for families.
Soper’s Hole. Named after former plantation owner McCuthbert Soper in the 18th century, this anchorage is a yachter’s dream. Quaint shops, bars, and cafes line the waterfront.
Sage Mountain. The highest point in Tortola and US Virgin Islands at 1,716 feet. Take one of several marked trails to the top and be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding islands.
Explore Tortola’s history. Visit 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.
Things to Do
Visit a beach. Tortola is world-famous for its fine white-sand beaches and calm crystal blue water. All of the beaches are beautiful. However, Cane Garden Bay and Smugglers’ Cove are some more popular beaches.
Surf. Josiah’s Bay has pretty good waves, especially in the winter months. Also, Apple Bay.
Hike. There’s a trail for every fitness level, from strolls in town to more adventurous hikes.
Shop. Bring home something for your friends and family. You’ll find everything from arts and crafts to jewelry and clothing in Road Town.
Dine. If you’d like to have a meal onshore, there are various options for every taste. Caribbean food, seafood, Italian, vegetarian, vegan, and kid-friendly cuisine are found throughout the island.