The British Virgin Isle of Tortola is the place to experience a more undiscovered version of the Caribbean with its powdery-white beaches, lush green mountains and delectable cuisine. The landscape alone provides an awe inspiring backdrop to the ocean front setting and the island is famed for its volcanic scenery. The reason behind the unscathed setting of Tortola is all down to the landscape. As the steep backdrop raises to the point of 1,709 feet, it has proven difficult to enhance the tourism industry and as such maintains an impeccable unblemished beauty that characterises Tortola to this present day.
The serene nature of the island creates the perfect beach setting. The lack of tourism levels here means that the beach scenes remain relatively quiet with the chance to enjoy a romantic getaway for two or even unspoilt family fun. The capital is an intimate area known as Road Town and is just a short trip from the cruise port. Most cruise operators provide a shuttle service from the port itself to the area of Wickham’s Quay and close by to the locations main streets.
If there’s still time for you to do a spot of shopping before you leave, look no further than Main Street, on Road Town, as here you’ll find everything from local rum, jams and spices to handcrafted jewellery, ceramics and glassware.
Excursion opportunities in Tortola provide the perfect foundation for a great day’s adventure. Snorkelling enthusiasts will love the sea life at Lower Belmont Bay whilst those looking to head inland have the opportunity to take in Mount Sage National Park and the magnificent BVI rainforest scenery. Take a sailing trip through Sir Francis Drake Channel and follow in the footsteps of iconic personas such as Christopher Columbus, or opt for a motor launch crossing to Virgin Gorda, that is a place of utter tranquillity and a true natural phenomenon. Venture out with local experts to see some the best local sights on foot and visit the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Old Governments House or Callwood’s Rum Distillery.
While you can take a swim, a stroll or relax on one of the dozen secluded palm-beaches dotted around the island, culinary enthusiasts have the opportunity to indulge in a barbecue at Cane Garden Bay for a taste of freshly caught fish dishes. Sheltered from heavy winds, Cane Garden Bay is a long, curved bay that sits on the north shore of Tortola, and is a favoured anchorage for boaters. Cane Garden Bay also attracts tourists and BVI residents alike who have a passion for water sports and swimming.
Welcome to the world of Tortola, a world like no other and an unscathed destination to discover the blissful essence of the Caribbean.