The British Virgin Islands is a Caribbean paradise with plenty to see and do. Whether you want to relax on the beach or swim with dolphins, there are plenty of options in Tortola. With fantastic Caribbean cuisine and a lively nightlife scene, visitors to the town are sure to be entertained throughout their stay. Culture vultures will enjoy the local galleries and beach bums will love the sea, sand and sundowners.
Hotels in Tortola
Browse a cracking selection of the most popular hotels in Tortola
Things to do
Whether you're looking for a beach getaway or city break, Tortola has something to offer every discerning traveller
Cane Garden Bay
A 15 minute car ride, Cane Garden Bay is touristy but has great swimming, bars and restaurants and a long, sandy beach.
Only an 18 minute drive, Apple Bay is a popular surfing spot and also a good place for some snorkelling and swimming.
The 30 minute drive is worth it for this cosy beach, with calm waters and snorkelling, and also snack vendors.
A quiet beach that’s good for surfing and swimming. It's a pretty bay and nice place to go for a walk.
BVI Folk Museum
10 minutes by car, this museum is open Monday-Friday 08:30-16:30 and is home to lots of historic pottery and artefacts.
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works
A former sugar processing plant, this museum is a good place to learn about BVI's long and sometimes troubled history.
Head to the east of the island to visit this studio, owned by the friendly and enthusiastic local artist Aragorn.
Old Government House Museum
Built in the 19th Century, this beautiful house hosted the Queen in 1964 and now has an interesting tour.
North Shore Shell Museum
More a quirky collection than a museum, the owner's inspirational sayings and designs are sure to entertain kids.
This cute collection of small, colourful shops sells clothing, art and food and drink are a nice place to walk around.
A boat excursion to this deserted island is a treat. It's a nice spot to sunbathe or go for a swim.
Tortola Dolphin Swim Adventure
This fun experience lets you get up close to dolphins. A great day out and an excellent photo opportunity.
Explore the ferry terminal
Although the terminal is busy, the restaurants here serve a range of delicious local dishes including roti and curries.
Head down the McNamara
The seafront near McNamara is a great place to grab a snack, a delicious dessert or some fresh fruit.
JR O'Neal Botanical Garden
This quiet spot is a good place near the gardens where you can get pancakes and local delicacies.
The Marina near Tortola Pier Park
Restaurants in this area serve grilled food, fresh seafood, sushi and curries all with a beautiful harbour view.
Village Cay Dockside Bar
Right by the water, this is a lively place and good spot to drink local Caribbean beer and enjoy live music.
Pusser's Road Town Pub
Close to the ferry terminal, this pub overlooks the harbour and is a great place to try and buy local rum.
Built by Bomba in 1976, this is a lively venue with music, unique cocktails and a fantastic party atmosphere.
Simple name, simple idea. The staff are friendly, the food is simple and the drinks are affordable and tasty.
Holidays in Tortola
Tortola has something to offer everyone from last minute breaks to family friendly holidays