Tortola (British Virgin Islands)

Tortola Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Jordan Fischer

Set sail

Tortola is the biggest of the British Virgin Islands and home to over 80% of its people
A cruise ship docking point and great place to start from (for instance by sailing) when exploring the other BVI
Or you could choose to stay here in some of the excellent resorts...

We are pretty sure. This is as good as life gets. You're in the Caribbean, some of the most perfect beaches - even for Caribbean standards - and azure waters at your feet, the place you're in still has a decidedly Caribbean atmosphere and there are well over 50 other islands like these in the same country just waiting for you to set sail to. Hmm.. We kinda like the BVI.

Tortola is the main island of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), home to 82% of its population and with its mixture of mountains, spotless beaches and Caribbean flavor (ahem, flavour, we're talking about the BRITISH Virgin Islands after all), may just be one of our favorite spots on earth.

We write that fully realising that this might sound a bit overdone, but have a look with your own eyes at the spotless beaches you find in the north-west, like those at Belmont Bay and Cane Garden Bay, and we are sure you won't beg to differ. Looking down at them through the lush rain forest around the 523 meters high Mount Sage in the same part of the island further drives home the fact that this place is really something special.

On Tortola island you find a mixture of larger hotel (chains), resorts as well as more cosy (and affordable) places to stay. Of course if you came here on a cruise or by sailing around the country, you wouldn't really need to worry about any of that. The main town, and docking point for cruise ships, on Tortola is Road Town, where you will find a good amount of shops and restaurants.

As we mentioned earlier, Tortola is a good base to explore the region from. If you have the time, make sure to go to Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda islands, as these are generally seen to be even nicer than Tortola. [Review by travelindicator]


You can find the best hotel deals in Tortola here.

Key info

  • Tortola is a region in British Virgin Islands. It is situated at an altitude of 961ft and the best airport to fly into is EIS (Beef Island, Beef Island)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in British Virgin Islands is the US dollar (USD)

Tortola Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

82 82 82 84 84 86 86 88 88 86 84 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

2.7 2.1 2.2 3.5 5.1 2.9 3.3 4.9 5.6 6.3 6.3 4.7

More Tortola travel resources

The British Virgin Islands Wikitravel is helpful, as is the specific article on Tortola. We liked this item on, while you may want to read this piece by Nomadic Matt on how to sail the BVI for free (spoiler: get drunk on rum in a bar and ask random strangers) as well as this Yahoo list with 11 reasons to go.

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