Tortola

As the gateway to the BVI, Tortola’s harbor tends to be bustling, but the general island vibe is one of utter relaxation. With no building taller than a palm tree, Tortola radiates a serene charm that stretches from its white-sand beaches up to its misty rainforest. As the yachting capital of the Caribbean, it’s appropriate that the name of its capital refers to the nautical term “the roads,” which means a safe place to drop anchor. There are a number of sailing excursions that allow guests to get in on the pristine yachting action.

Tortola

Getting Ashore

Ships dock at Tortola pier. It only accommodates 2 ships, so tendering is the 2nd option. Both drop-offs are in Road Town, the BVI capital.

Fast Fact

The name Tortola comes from the Spanish word for turtledove; Columbus spotted these pigeons when he first came ashore.

Port Shopping

Check out Crafts Alive Marketplace for batiks and souvenirs, as well as the Road Town guaranteed stores.

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Sage Mountain National Park

Hiking trails crisscross the 92-acre park, which features the Virgin Islands’ highest peak at 1,752 feet and a steamy primeval rainforest.

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Cane Garden Bay Beach

Pure white sand forms a crescent-moon beach flanked by lush mountains and azure waters with lively places to eat and drink.

3

Long Bay Beach

Peaceful and pristine, the mile-long stretch is fringed with palm trees and sea grapes. Check out the remote location for a calmer beach experience.

4

J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens

Get lost in a paradise of exotic and indigenous tropical plants, a waterfall, lily-pad pond, and mini rainforests.

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Embark on a scenic cruise along the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda, where you’ll discover the incredible rock formations known as The Baths. An open-air safari bus takes you through Spanish Town to the beach area, where you’ll spend the day swimming among the mammoth-sized geological boulders and exploring the hidden caves and pools.

Experience all the thrills and adrenaline rush of this one-hour zip-line tour through the lush rainforest canopy of Tortola. Swing like Tarzan as you safely fly though and over the rainforest canopy. Enjoy breathtaking views of Tortola, Road Town, and the surrounding islands as far as St. Croix. It’s an ecotour that’s fun for the whole family.


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Where
Guaranteed stores in Road Town

What
Jewelry and watches from top designer brands.

Currency
The US dollar is the official currency of this British territory.


Brands in Tortola

Bulgari

Bulgari

Available at:

Diamonds International

Bulova

Bulova

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Diamonds International

Color Diamonds by Effy

Color Diamonds by Effy

Available at:

Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

Available at:

Effy Jewelry

Effy Hematian New York

Effy Hematian New York

Available at:

Effy Jewelry

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

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Diamonds International

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

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Diamonds International

Hublot

Hublot

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Diamonds International

John Hardy

John Hardy

Kabana

Kabana

Available at:

Diamonds International

Movado

Movado

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

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Diamonds International

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

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Little Switzerland

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

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Little Switzerland

Tissot

Tissot

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Little Switzerland

Zenith

Zenith

Available at:

Diamonds International

Did You Know?

The queen conch thrives in warm, shallow waters like those off Tortola. The slow-growing mollusk can live for 30 years.