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Tortola and the other British Virgin Islands were long the haunts of pirates of the Caribbean. The hidden coves of pearl-white beaches now shelter sailboats, yachts and sunbathers but the island's buccaneering spirit lives on.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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