Attractions on Tortola

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Tortola is home to the busiest city in the island chain, as well as some of the most peaceful beaches.  From historic plantations to national parks, the attractions that exist on the British Virgin Island of Tortola are so varied that people from around the world with diverse interests can find ways to keep themselves entertained.  


Cane Garden Bay

You will discover several beaches to consider on the island. Whether you prefer being around other people, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you can find a beach that fits your preferences. Just click on each beach name for more information concerning that section of the coast.

If you are hoping to go snorkeling, a location providing that option is Marina Cay Beach. You have to get to this beach by boat.

Another top pick for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Manchioneel Bay. Unless you're already on Cooper Island, you'll have to charter a boat to get there.

Smuggler's Cove: Smuggler's Cove is a secluded beach on Tortola, but is easily accessible by car. The crescent-shaped beach has sugary white sand and the water is stunningly blue.

Needless to say, the area has plenty of other beaches on the island. For more information on beaches available, read this page.

Landmark Attractions

Callwood Historic Distillery

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is VI Maritime Museum. It is a part of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and located in eastern Tortola. You can visit the Maritime Museum between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Old Government House Museum. It is located in Road Town, in central Tortola. Visited by many royal figures through time, this location once housed all important government functions and was a residence for the governor. The building deteriorated quickly in the tropical climate and was almost demolished.

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum: Inside 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum guests will be treated to a collection of exhibits which display examples of how life was on the island several generations ago. Historical artifacts, relics of daily life, and an exhibit of historic machinery is on display, as is a monthly art selection by a local artist. In addition to culture, the museum also touches on natural history, with a room of photographs discussing animal and plant life throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Of course, the island includes a more extensive set of sites to visit. Make your way to this page which is all about landmarks on the island if you're seeking some more information.

Natural Attractions

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

Cam Bay National Park is one of the local attractions you might consider visiting. <p>Established as a national park in 1999, Cam Bay is located on the east shore of Gran Camanoe, and is popular amongst sailors because it is known for calm waters. Snorkelers and divers also frequent this spot for the calm waters and shallow reef.</p>

Shark Bay National Park is a second attraction you might want to consider. <p>Shark Bay National Park was donated to the National Parks Trust in 1999, and is the first coastal nature reserve and park along Tortola's north shore. The park spans 18.4 acres and is great for hikers looking for a beautiful view.</p>

Of course, you'll be able to find plenty of other choices. To reach our guide to natural attractions on the island, visit this page.


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