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Guide to Tortola

A luxurious playground for yacht enthusiasts

As the capital of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is centered in one of the most spectacular cruising areas in the Caribbean Sea and lies in close proximity to Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas. Deemed as the charter capital of the Caribbean, Tortola’s harbor is always stocked with opulent superyachts that are ready to embark on a dreamy summer vacation.

Among Tortola’s sharp peaks and bougainvillea-clad hillsides you’ll find an abundance of splendid places to explore. The hustle and bustle of the island capital of Road Town is an undoubted highlight, bursting with colorful houses dotting it’s lush undulating landscape, the walk through the town opens opportunities to view the local boutiques, bars and restaurants. 

A yacht charter is the ultimate way to explore these Caribbean waters, with a relishing cool breeze making for calm and tranquil sailing. Sports enthusiasts will adore the array of opportunities to snorkel, surf, dive and hike before heading to a beach bar for a refreshing cocktail or a bite of freshly caught seafood. Find a spot of paradise to call your own as you anchor down at Cane Garden Bay. The picture perfect cove is a popular yacht anchorage with calm azure waters and a crescent of white sand for beach lovers to relax on. 

Step away from the sand just long enough to discover Tortola's history with a visit to the Callwood's Rum Distillery, J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens and Old Government House Museum, each providing something a little different to see and do during your charter vacation. Nature enthusiasts must take a visit to the gorgeous botanic gardens which were established in 1979, boastin four acres of pure beauty, the gardens include a lush array of indigenous and exotic tropical plants, considered by many to be among the finest in the Caribbean. Be sure to taste rum from the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Eastern Caribbean, the perfect ending to a day exploring the history of Tortola.

If you enjoy hiking, there are an abundance of excellent landscapes that are popular on the island. Make sure you visit Sage Mountain National Park, at 1716 feet, Sage Mountain rises higher than any other peak in the Virgin Islands. The National Park also offers seven trails that crisscross the surrounding mountainous area, it is here that you can follow the luscious green paths that winde between twenty foot fern trees till you reach the top of the mountain to the picnic spot. Many nature enthusiasts love to look out for the bo-peep frogs and lizards that inhabit here and take in the impeccable surounding views.

Those on a luxury charter can also revel in Tortula’s vibrant nightlife. If you’re looking for somewhere filled with friendly, fun people and energetic, vivacious bars then you won’t be disappointed with Tortola. Every month, Trellis Bay transforms into a beach filled with lights, fireballs and hundreds of people who flock here for the island’s world-famous full moon party. Expect an evening of pure entertainment and excitement with live music, fire dancing, bonfires and an abundance of tasty Caribbean cocktails in the most luxurious of settings.

Abound with excellent yacht facilities it comes as no surprise to know that this charter destination has become one of the most popular in the world. If you are interested in a private crewed yachting vacation in the waters around Tortola, view all superyachts available for British Virgin Island yacht charters today and start planning your next vacation with a recommended yacht charter broker. 


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Reasons to Visit

The charter capital of the Caribbean
Opaque waters perfect for snorkeling
Vibrant nightlife
Picturesque anchorages
Sage Mountain National Park
A surfer's paradise

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  • Snorkeling
  • Nightlife
  • Marine Life
  • Anchorage
  • Mountains

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