As the archipelago’s largest island, the Capital isle of Tortola is the most likely starting point for your British Virgin Islands adventure.
Ancient ruins of historic settlements past coexist side-by-side with oceanside luxury resorts and modern townships here. Some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the world line the shores of Tortola, inviting romantic strolls and cool dips in the shade of gently swaying palms. Elsewhere, the landscape is characterized by lush mountains, hidden harbours, and sweeping plains.
If you’re looking for more exciting escapades (such as water sports, fishing, or boating), then Tortola is more than up to accommodating you there, as well. Anchorages at Brandywine Bay, Soper’s Hole and Trellis Bay afford excellent origin points for sailing, while surfing Cane Garden Bay, or game fishing the North and South Drops are also popular. History buffs will also find much to explore here. Pay 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 to learn about Tortola’s rich past.
When staying on Tortola, travelers have a range of options — from luxury resorts, to private villas, and even a scenic campground. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time here, you’ll find both the landscape and the locals to be warm, friendly, and hospitable.