Tortola, the British Virgin Islands’ biggest and central island, has legendarily beautiful soft white-sand beaches, as well as lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbors. Many yacht charter companies have their main bases on this island. From here, you’ll begin your Tortola Yacht Charter exploring the British Virgin Islands.
Tortola is warm year-round. The winter months are comfortable with low humidity and rainfall. We recommend a windbreaker or sweater when sailing during December – March. July, August, and September are the hottest months. Hurricane season is June through November.
Things to see and do
- Spend a day in the capital of Road Town. There you’ll find interesting shops such as Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop & Art Gallery, East Caribbean Salt & Soap Company, or Pusser’s Outpost.
- Go to the beach. You’ll find dozens of sandy, palm-shaded beaches including Brewer’s Bay, Smuggler’s Cove, the popular Cane Garden Bay, and Long Bay Beach.
- Surf. Popular surf spots include Cane Garden Bay, Josiah’s Bay, or Apple Bay.
- Learn to kitesurf at KiteSurf BVI.
- Explore history. Visit the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Fort Burt, Mount Healthy Windmill, Callwood’s Rum Distillery, J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens, Old Government House Museum, and VI Folk Museum.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, take the Original Virgin Canopy Tour. On the tour, you’ll not only have breathtaking views of Tortola but also the surrounding islands.
- Dine. Taste Caribbean local food, such as Roti at Roti Palace. Or, for an elegant lunch or dinner, try Mediterranean Bistro.
- If you’re in Tortola during the full moon, join the fun at the Full Moon Party in Trellis Bay.
Harbour View Marine Center: A full-service marina offering 22 slips, 10 moorings, fuel, fresh water, electricity, shower facilities, and garbage disposal. In addition, there’s a restaurant and pool bar, guest rooms (double or single), marine chandlery, and ice cream shop.
Manuel Reef Marina: A 48 slip marina with a 6.5-foot depth having 110v (30 Amp)/220v (50 Amp) electricity, water, showers, ADSL WiFi internet, cable TV, and telephone hookup.
Nanny Cay Marina: A modern and naturally sheltered marina with berths for 320 yachts with two fuel docks, pump out station, 120/220V electricity, luxury shower facilities, and restrooms. Additionally, there’s water and ice from Nanny Cay’s own Reverse Osmosis plant, garbage disposal, and 100% backup power. Other amenities include high-speed internet, a swimming pool, beach, laundry, and postal services.
Village Cay Marina: This marina has three piers with 106 berthing slips. It can accommodate vessels up to 180’ in length with a maximum 11-foot draft. Amenities include a chandlery, restaurant, trash and oil disposal, gas, and diesel fuel station. In addition, there’s ice, showers, laundry service, complimentary cable, and Wi-Fi are available.