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Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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.

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Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

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.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Go on a diving excursion to Alice in Wonderland, a brilliant, rainbow colored coral wall that's home to a stunning array of sea life.
  • Tackle Tortola's steep mountain roads that guarantee a mind-blowing rush, even for hard core biking enthusiasts.
  • Get the party started with a visit to Bomba's Shack at Cappoon's Bay. Live entertainment, rum punch and infamous full moon parties.
  • The Old Government House Museum, VI Folk Museum, Old Cotton Works Museum and J.R. O'Neal Boatnic Gardens are all within walking distance in Road Town.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

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.

Shopping for Bargains

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.

Local Currency

The official currency is the U.S. Dollar (USD).

Weather in Tortola, British Virgin Islands


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 78.9° 26.06°
Average Low 68° 20°
Mean Temperature 74° 23.33°
Record High 91° 32.78°
Record Low 62° 16.67°
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 2.9 in 7.37 cm

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