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Tortola - envision it. Banana, mango and palm trees swaying gently in the warm tropical breeze. Exotic steel drum music. Some of the best white-sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands. And that's just the north side of the island. On the south side, Tortola's rugged mountain roads lead to spectacular views. There's no lack of adventure here. Rent a bareboat and set sail. Grab some SCUBA gear and explore the wreck of the HMS Rhone or the Chikuzen. With so much to experience, what are you waiting for?Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Rent a private boat and forge your way out to Norman Isle, a former pirate den across Drake Channel from Tortola and real life deserted island today. Legend has it that Norman Isle served as Robert Louis Stevenson's inspiration for Treasure Island. You can venture into caves, some of which are excellent snorkeling spots. Or hike to Spy Glass Hill. This is a journey you'll never forget.
The locals are fans of rotis, the West Indian version of a burrito. Other West Indian specialties include conch, turtle, lobster and curries. Dare to sip sea grape wine; the grapes are soaked in alcohol for years before being made into wine. For dessert try a delectable coconut tart.
Check out the Crafts Alive Marketplace for batiks and other souvenirs. If you want to bring home some of that Caribbean flavor visit Sunny Caribbee Herb & Spice Company. There are plenty of exotic choices here from spices, hot sauces, and coffees to a hangover cure and love potion.
The official currency is the U.S. Dollar (USD).
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