Tortola, the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, is best sold on its beaches, its sailing and watersports - though those looking for lively bars will find them in capital Road Town or on popular beachfronts such as Cane Garden Bay.
The Wreck of the Rhone - a 310-foot Royal Mail steamer - is the island's most celebrated dive site, and year-round trade winds make it an excellent spot for sailors and windsurfers. The beaches offer a range of surf, from gentle water for swimmers and snorkelers to big swells for surfers.
The green, mountainous interior offers good wakling and wildlife-watching, particularly in Sage Mountain Park, but there are relatively few major attractions on Tortola. Try swimming with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, or visiting the Joseph Reynold O'Neal Botanic Gardens in Road Town.
On this page you'll find some of Travel Weekly's articles featuring Tortola, plus news and links from elsewhere on the web. You can also find out more about our sponsor Elite Island Resorts' Long Bay Beach resort in Tortola.
Tortola on Travel Weekly
Tortola on the web
- Tortola, British Virgin Isles [Guardian]
- Dream Caribbean island: Travel clinic [Times Online]
- Hop till you drop in the Caribbean [Times Online]
- Country profile: British Virgin Isles [BBC]
- Country weather guide: Virgin Isles [BBC Weather]
Travel fact file
- Currency: $US dollar
- Climate:Sub tropical with average temperatures ranging from 77-85°F.
- Driest months: February to April
- Rainy season: September to December;
- Hurricane season: June to November
- Airports:Terrence B Lettsome International Airport (EIS), AKA Beef Island airport
- Getting to Tortola: There is no direct route from the UK to the BVI; the islands are accessible via local island hopper aircraft from the main UK gateway in Antigua.
- Airlines: BMI Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Iberia, Air France, KLM, First Choice
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- Tortola on Gazetteers
- Tortola on Wikipedia
- Tortola on Tripadvisor
- Foreign and Commonwealth office advice for British Virgin Islands
- BVI Tourism
Tortola photos from flickr.com
Featured resort: Long Bay Beach Resort and Villas
Escape to the Long Bay Beach resort and Villas and leave the rest of the world behind you. Hidden away on a 52 acre estate on Tortola, the 157 room resort rises up the hillside from the islands finest beach.
A wide variety of accommodation awaits, all guest rooms boast memorable views of the Caribbean Sea. Stay right down on the beach in a quaint cabana. Or choose one of the hillside rooms or villas.
There are even a handful of private Estate Homes complete with private swimming pools and up to four bedrooms.
You don’t have to go far to experience some of the finest cuisine Tortola has to offer! The on-site restaurants include the beachfront ‘1748’ and the romantic ‘Pasta House’.
Casual snacks are also served all day by the pool and a host of island restaurants are pandering to more independent guests. The 1748 Beach Bar is where to get an ‘Island Fizz’or ‘Papaya Daiquiri’!
Long Bay’s mile-long beach is white, powdery, and the perfect spot for water sports. In the summer, the beach provides excellent snorkeling; in the winter, bodysurfing is a popular activity.
Snorkeling equipment and boogie boards are available for rental at our Dive-Tortola shop. The resort also features a fresh water pool with lovely ocean views.
The Spa and Fitness Centre at Long Bay offers a tempting variety of treatments designed to rejuvenate the mind and body.
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