- A Little History
Tortola is the largest (with a population of 23,908) and capital of the British and Virgin Islands (BVI). The islands were named after the 11,000 virgins of the 4th-century by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
Shortly after, the Spanish tried to settle Tortola, but pirates were the first permanent inhabitants of the island most notably Blackbeard and Captain Kidd!
Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, it uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.
Bank machines can be found at various locations throughout the islands.
Five banking institutions can be found in Road Town: Banco Popular, First Bank Virgin Islands, First Caribbean International Bank, Scotiabank and VP Bank (BVI) Ltd.
Tortola is a small island so moving from one center to another is fairly easy
Taxis are convenient and plentiful on Tortola.
Renting a jeep or a car is the most affordable option for a exploring the island. There are several rental agencies – Hertz, Avis, Dollar, D&D and other.
Bicycles and scooters are also available for rent from sports stores.
Ferries go regularly to Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay and Anegada. Also there is regular ferry service to the US Virgin Islands.
Mystique Day Sails BVI
Soper's Hole Marina, Frenchman's Cay
Winner of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence awarded by TripAdvisor. Offering Luxury Day Sailing Catamarans departing from Sopers Hole Marina in the West End of the island Tortola, in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.
White Squall II
Village Cay Marina, Road Town
Day sails tours and attractions
West End, Tortola
Daysails to Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, Norman Island and Peter Island and a variety of other exotic locations. Providing a gourmet lunch onboard, drinks, snorkeling equipment and shade.
The BVI Waters are truly beautiful for snorkelling, diving, sailing, swimming, or just to look at! There are excellent scuba dive operations and snorkelling tours here available for either experienced or amateur divers.
Many more land and sea sightseeing tours are available on Tortola ! Ask us if you are looking for something specific!
Road TownThe former haunt of pirates, Road Town is close to secluded beaches and hidden coves. Festivals and regattas take place year-round.
Smuggler's CoveCome enjoy snorkeling, white sands, tranquil atmosphere and stunning views.
Rhone National Marine ParkSalt Island, Road Town
The site of the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a mail ship that sunk during a hurricane in 1867 and Dead Chest Island. Great dive sites!
North Shore Shell Museum
North Shore Rd., Road Town
Thousands of shells on display, as well as boats and various crafts.
This road links the capital Road Town with the West End. Breathtaking views at dizzying heights, farms, highland Caribbean settlements, restaurants and national parks.
J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens
Station Ave., Road Town
Established in 1986, this 4.5 acre garden displays a beautiful array of indigenous and exotic flowers and plants, in addition to the tropical birds that make the Garden's miniature tropical rainforest their home.
BVI Folk Museum
To get your cultural fill, stop by this small museum to view its collection of curios and relics from the island's slavery days.
Built by the Royal Engineers in 1794, Tortola's largest fortification is now a pile of ruins, with a few walls, a cistern and an underground magazine remaining.
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
The Callwood Rum Distillery is one of the Caribbean's oldest continuous pot distillery. Located in the Heart of the British Virgin Islands, the old walls and equipment take you a step back into history.
Waterfront Drive, Road Town
The most intact historic ruin on Tortola was built by the Dutch in the early 17th century to safeguard Road Harbour. It sits on a hill at the western edge of Road Town and is now the site of a small hotel and restaurant. The foundations and magazine remain, and the structure offers a commanding view of the harbor. COST: Free. Daily dawn-dusk.
Mount Healthy National Park
An excellent symbol of the sugar plantation era in BVI, this park above Brewer's Bay features the intact remains of a stone windmill, once part of an 18th-century sugar plantation.
Mount Healthy National Park
An excellent symbol of the sugar plantation era in BVI, this park above Brewer's Bay features the intact remains of a stone windmill, once part of an 18th-century sugar plantation
There are loads of more attractions to see! Ask us if you are looking for something specific!
The people of Tortola are known for their slow pace of life, friendliness and passion for their Caribbean heritage. British Virgin Islanders take pride in the beauty of their islands making it an excellent tourist destination.