The British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean consist of 3 main islands and about 50 neighboring islands. One of the main islands visited, and commonly known, is Tortola, steps away from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here are some quick facts of what to know when visiting Tortola or planning your trip.
Tortola is the capital island of the British Virgin Islands and is also the largest. It is 13 miles long by 3 miles wide and is mountainous, which only adds to the activities available. There are many annual events that lead visitors to visit and re-visit.
How Do I Get There?
Multiple US cities have daily flights to St. Thomas, such as NY, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and more. You can also ferry over from St. Thomas for only $50-$60 roundtrip!
What is There to Do?
Road Town is the capital on Tortola which holds some of the best beaches, parties, and bars. It’s always welcoming to people and the go-to spot if you want to find a party. The Rhone National Marine Park is open to visitors for snorkeling and water activities.
The Northern coast has the best white-sand and blue water beaches on the island, including Smuggler’s Cove and Brewer’s Bay. Go to the Shell Museum, where – you guessed it, are plenty of shells for viewing.
Sage Mountain is the highest point and has hiking trails for nature lovers.
There are two Moon parties every month held at Bomba’s Shack- one for the Full Moon, one for the “No Moon”. Besides those, Tortola is home to the Virgin Cup, Yacht Show, Regatta, and more.
Listen to fungi – the traditional music and a cornmeal of the island!
Climate and When to Come Visit
Tortola enjoys a tropical climate, with the dry and popular season to come being January onward to April. It’s always a good time to go to Tortola, but keep watch on hurricane and tropical storm alerts from June through October.