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Tortola | The Main BVI Island

Tortola is the British Virgin Islands’ most famous and central island. It has beautiful, soft, white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered, yacht-filled harbors. Many yacht charter companies have their main bases on this island. You’ll begin your Tortola Yacht Charter by exploring the British Virgin Islands.

Cane Garden Bay, Beach on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
Cane Garden Bay Beach


Tortola is warm year-round. The winter months also have low humidity and rainfall. We recommend a windbreaker or sweater when sailing from December to March. Meanwhile, July, August, and September are the hottest months, and hurricane season is from June through November.

Tortola | Things to see and do

  • Spend a day in the capital of Road Town. You’ll find interesting shops such as Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop & Art Gallery, East Caribbean Salt & Soap Company, or Pusser’s Outpost. 
  • Head to the beach. You’ll find dozens of sandy, palm-shaded beaches, including Brewer’s Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. It is also home to the famous Cane Garden Bay and Long Bay Beach.
  • Surf. Popular surf spots include Cane Garden Bay, Josiah’s Bay, and Apple Bay.
  • Learn to kitesurf at KiteSurf BVI.
  • Scuba dive.
  • Explore Tortola’s history. Visit the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Fort Burt, and Mount Healthy Windmill. You can also explore Callwood’s Rum Distillery, J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens, Old Government House Museum, and VI Folk Museum.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also take the Original Virgin Canopy Tour. On tour, you’ll likewise have breathtaking views of Tortola and the surrounding islands.
  • Dine. Taste Caribbean local food, such as Roti at Roti Palace. Or try Mediterranean Bistro so you can enjoy an elegant lunch or dinner,
  • If you’re in Tortola during the full moon, join the fun at the Full Moon Party in Trellis Bay.
  • Hike. Mount Sage is the highest point on Tortola. It has an elevation of approximately 1,716 feet above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the island and its surroundings from atop the mountain.


Harbour View Marine Center. A full-service marina offering 22 slips, ten 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 an ice cream shop.

Manuel Reef Marina. This Tortola marina has 48 slips with a 6.5-foot depth. It has 110v (30 Amp)/220v (50 Amp) electricity, water, showers, ADSL WiFi internet, cable TV, and telephone hookup.

Nanny Cay Marina. This marina has a modern and naturally sheltered marina with berths for 320 yachts and two fuel docks. It also has a pump-out station, 120/220V electricity, luxury shower facilities, and restrooms.

There is also water and ice from Nanny Cay’s Reverse Osmosis plant, garbage disposal, and 100% backup power. Other amenities include high-speed internet, a swimming pool, a beach, laundry, and postal services.

Village Cay Marina. This marina has three piers with 106 berthing slips. It can even accommodate vessels up to 180′ in length with a maximum 11-foot draft.

Amenities include a chandlery, restaurant, and fuel station. In addition, there’s ice, showers, laundry service, complimentary cable, and WiFi.