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 find an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you should find some appealing options. You can click on the beach names for more information concerning that beach.

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

Another top pick for snorkeling fans 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.

These examples are only a few of what's available. To read about other beaches available, visit this page.

Landmark Attractions

Callwood Historic Distillery

A common landmark for vacationers is VI Maritime Museum. It is found within H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and found in eastern Tortola. Set on the second floor of the Centre of Applied Marine Studies at H. Lavity Stoutt Community Collage, the VI Maritime Museum honors the rich boat building history of the British Virgin Islands.

Another popular destination 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.

This island offers some other notable landmarks. To find out more about other interesting landmarks on Tortola, click here.

Natural Attractions

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

One of the more 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.

Shark Bay National Park is another local site you might want to visit. 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.

These are merely a few of what's available. To navigate to our guide to natural attractions on the island, click this link.


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