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What to see in Tortola

Tortola Attractions


Tortola's main attractions are its pristine white beaches, which provide the perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and occasionally surfing in the perennially warm waters of the Caribbean. Popular beaches like Cane Garden Bay, Lambert Bay, Trellis Bay and Long Bay are all good locations for relaxing and watersports.

Scuba divers only need to go 6 miles (10km) off the island to reach the Chikuzen, a wrecked Japanese refrigeration ship covered in extensive coral reefs that offer some of the best underwater photography opportunities in the world. Other good dive sites in Tortola include Smuggler's Cove and Brewer's Bay Pinnacle.

If you can drag yourself off the beach, sightseeing in Tortola can be rewarding, as there are a few interesting ruins and cultural sites that hint at its colourful past. You can view the ruins of the St. Philips Church, the grand William Thornton Estate, and the remains of a fort known now simply as 'the Dungeon'.

Road Town has a number of markets and museums, including the Virgin Islands Folk Museum and the HMS Prison. It's also the centre of Tortola's nightlife, with a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs ranging from romantic garden restaurants to laid-back beach bars.


Callwood Distillery

A must-see attraction, the Callwood Distillery in Cane Garden Bay manufactures delicious rum the old-fashioned way. The…

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Cane Garden Bay

The island's most popular beach, Cane Garden Bay is a favourite anchorage for sailors and the beach of preference for…

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J.R. O'Neal Botanical Gardens

The splendid two-hectare (four-acre) gardens in the centre of Road Town, Tortola, are a must for those interested in…

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Smuggler's Cove

A remote beach, accessed by a rutted dirt road, Smuggler's Cove is the perfect place for those who prefer their beaches…

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