Tortola Attractions

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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 find a large selection of beaches to visit on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you enjoy relaxing in a secluded area, you can find what you want. Just click on each beach name for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

A nice beach where snorkeling is an option is Marina Cay Beach. This tucked away coastline has velvet soft sand, gentle warm waters and plenty of privacy.

Another top pick for those 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: Snorkeling and swimming are popular in the calm waters of Smuggler's Cove.

Of course, you can find plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. For more in formation concerning beaches available, check out this page.

Landmark Attractions

Callwood Historic Distillery

An interesting landmark worth visiting is VI Maritime Museum. It is found within H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and found within eastern Tortola. You can visit the Maritime Museum between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Old Government House Museum. It is situated in Road Town, in central Tortola. Explore the beautiful grounds and building that make up the Old Government House Museum and enjoy pictures of royal visits and occasions that took place here.

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum: Current operating hours at the museum are from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., though sometimes these hours are extended to 4:00 p.m.

These are just a few of your choices. Those wanting to learn more concerning other sites worth seeing on Tortola by visiting this page.

Natural Attractions

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

One of the frequently visited local attractions is Cam Bay National Park. 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.

A second local attraction worth a visit is Shark Bay National Park. 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.

Needless to say, you will find plenty of additional nature attractions. To reach our full guide to natural attractions on the island, go to this page.


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