Tortola – Discover the Lure of this Legendary Sailor’s Paradise


Marked by crystal clear turquoise waters, warm and steady trade winds and year-round perfect weather, Tortola is a true sailor’s paradise.  Adding to the island’s appeal is her coveted central location just a short trip away to neighboring Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anegada.  Throw into the mix pristine white sand beaches, prime spots for surfing, diving and snorkeling, great entertainment and friendly locals, and it is clear to see why this lush and exotic destination located in the British Virgin Islands earned the reputation as the charter yacht capital of the Caribbean.

Tortola Marina

The idyllic conditions and picturesque surroundings of this tropical island gem lend not only to its popularity with sailing yachts and catamarans, but for luxury megayachts and powerboats as well.   In Tortola, a variety of options for mooring your yacht are available, whether it is for an overnight stay or longer. In addition to basic amenities, many offer restaurants, hotels, and groceries shops onsite.  In Road Town, the most popular marina is Village Cay Marina which can accommodate vessels up to 190’ in length with a maximum of 11 ft. draft.  Nanny Cay Marina and Soper’s Hole Marina on the West End also provide excellent facilities.

A Charming City Center in Scenic Road Town

Road Town Shop

A majority of the action in Tortola can be found in her capital city of Road Town, situated on the horseshoe-shaped Road Harbour located in the center of the island’s southern coast.  The captivating beauty of the town is postcard worthy, with heavenly beaches, hidden coves and rolling hills dotted with lovely pastel-hued homes.  Full of character, Road Town is a perfect mix of rustic island flavor, laid-back Caribbean charm, and vibrant hospitality.  Shopping along Main Street is a real treat with wonderful art galleries, wine boutiques, and quaint eclectic shops offering everything from local spices and rum to handcrafted jewelry.  Lined with historic buildings and churches and the official Governor’s House, the architecture is also quite impressive.   For a taste of the local cuisine, head to Waterfront Drive where you will find a range of casual eateries and  decadent restaurants serving fresh seafood plucked straight from the sea and delicious West Indian dishes.

Blissful Beaches

Smuggler's Cove Beach Tortola

Perhaps her best asset, luring sun-worshippers, water sport enthusiasts, and serenity seekers from around the world, the beautiful beaches of Tortola are beyond compare.  Lining the northern coast of the island which stretches 14 miles long and is separated east to west, a number of popular beaches can be found offering amenities, seclusion and rough or calm surfs to suit your mood.  Two of the most popular are Cane Garden Bay on the east end and Smugglers Cove on the west end, both feature restaurants, bars, and vendors selling local crafts and goods.  There is also Brewer’s Bay, an excellent choice for those desiring a more quiet beach, while surfers will want to check out Josiah’s Bay or Apple Bay.

Bountiful and Diverse Natural Beauty

With bougainvillea-covered hills, lush green tropical forests, and a remarkable variety of indigenous and exotic flowers and plants, nature lovers will rejoice discovering the pristine beauty that is abundant in Tortola.  For adventurous souls that want to hike the highest peak in the British Virgin Islands located more than 1,700 feet above sea level, the views at Sage Mountain National Park are simply breathtaking.  A short trail with amazing vistas of Brewer’s Bay can be found at Mount Healthy National Park which is also home to a lovely historic sugar plantation.  At the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens in Road Town, visitors can embark on the walk of Royal Palms and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the stunning 4 acre grounds which offer an impressive sampling of the rich variety of flora and fauna found in the BVI’s.

A Colorful Past

Callwood Distillery Tortola

An enriching experience can be had visiting some of Tortola’s often overlooked historical attractions including Fort Recovery, a military gun post built in the 1640’s, The Dungeon, a Spanish fort dating from the 1700’s and St. Phillips Anglican Church, constructed in 1840 and which is said to be the first church built for liberated Africans in the Americas.   Also noteworthy is the Virgin Island Folk Museum which contains artifacts from the Amerindian and plantation periods and the wreck of the RMS Rhone and the Callwood Rum Distillery, one of the oldest operating distilleries in the Eastern Caribbean

Living it Up Island-Style

Bomba Shack Tortola

Tortola is known for its legendary beach bars where the rum flows freely, a Painkiller is the drink of choice, and lively local bands heat things up.  One of the best places on the island is the notorious Bomba Shack in Apple Bay which is world renowned for their full moon party.  Jolly Roger in the West End, Quito’s Gazebo at Cane Garden Bay, and the famous Pusser’s Restaurant and Bar at Soper’s Hole are a few other fun jaunts where you can grab cocktails and enjoy live entertainment.

A dream destination in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola delivers stellar beaches, breathtaking vistas, and blissful attractions.  Sunreef Yachts Charter can assist you in creating a custom tailored charter in this tropical locale aboard a charter sailing yacht, charter catamaran, charter powerboat or luxury charter mega yacht for a truly idyllic holiday in the Caribbean.

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