Holidays to the British Virgin Islands and more specifically Tortola may not be something you have considered before, but it is very well worth some investigation before booking your next Caribbean Vacation. Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands, and an island of contrasts from the hustle and bustle of the capital Road Town, to the beautiful yet empty beaches, to the total peace and tranquillity of Sage Mountain National Park.
British Virgin Island Tortola guide for tourists
Whatever type of Caribbean Vacation you are looking for you can be sure your holidays on the British Virgin Islands and particularly Tortola will have everything you are looking for. Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands and is its’ main island, with more than 80% of the population living on the island which covers about 24 square miles with over 30 sheltered bays. Big enough never to be bored, yet small enough to explore all of it in a two week holiday on this British Virgin Island. One of the beauties is that the island isn’t large enough or populated enough for the large tour party.
Most people associate Tortola as the epicentre of the BVI’s famous sailing community, and of course it is, but there is far more to Tortola than just sailing, so don’t be put off going to the British Virgin Islands because sailing isn’t your passion.
The sheer quality of Tortola’s beaches could leave you speechless, and the choice is enormous. Starting with Cane Garden Bay, to Smugglers Cove, from Little Bay to Lambert Beach there are lots to visit and enjoy. White sand and palm fringed with little bars to keep your liquid content up between swimming in the warm clear, clean turquoise sea.
Sun bathing can be hard work, and when the sun goes down you will find your appetite more than satisfied with a good number of restaurants and bars scattered throughout Tortola to remove your hunger pangs and quench your thirst. There is everything from inns, to small restaurants all the way up to top quality gourmet establishments.
There are a number of other things the non sailor can do on Tortola including walking and hiking. Sage mountain is well worth a climb, and you will find traces of primeval rainforest.
What about swimming with dolphins at Prospect Reef, now that is a real treat. None of the Florida pool dolphins here, this is the real wild untamed thing, as different as chalk from cheese, and a real privilege.
If you want to go snorkelling then head to Brewer’s Bay, where you will find the quality of undersea life quite excellent, or y.ou could take the time to learn to windsurf, or even kite surf or boogie board, because all these opportunities exist on Tortola.
Overall Tortola has a very laid back feel to it, for example traffic lights only appeared for the first time seven years ago, and many people describe it as paradise.
If you are going to go to the Caribbean, then you could do a lot worse than check out holidays on the British Virgin Island Tortola. It’s beautiful, friendly and the weather is great.