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    Picture perfect lands of the Turtle Dove

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    Picture perfect lands of the Turtle Dove

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    Picture perfect lands of the Turtle Dove

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    Picture perfect lands of the Turtle Dove

How to enjoy Tortola

Although it is the largest of the British Virgin Isles, Tortola is just 13 miles by three. Encircled by dazzlingly bright white sand and shaded by palms and fragrant hibiscus, the island is a charming haven, floating in crystal clear turquoise sea

  • Cane Garden Bay is argued to be the best beach, but with nothing even coming close to ‘worst’ we wonder if the title should be shared by all
  • The British Virgin Islands are famed for their exquisite postage stamps. Check out the post office on Main Street and maybe send a letter home
  • For insight into a Sugar Cane distillery, visit the rustic Callwood Rum Distillery. You can still buy rum here, as well as art and gifts

Filled with pirates and fuelled by the ill-gotten gains of slavery, Tortola’s history is as compelling as it is terrible. Blackbeard and Captain Kidd are alleged to be among the first permanent settlers of the island, later followed by plantation owners and their African slave labor. Today there is no sign of the violence and evil that this history suggests. Instead you will find some of the most affluent residents of the Caribbean, mouth watering local cuisine and a laid-back beach bar style nightlife.

Tortola’s beaches are stunning and rarely crowded. Lie on a perfect crescent of untouched white sand and dream up a story about finding a footprint on the beach of a deserted tropical isle. Robert Louis Stevenson did just that. Not far from where you are lying, just south of Tortola is the tiny Norman Isle, widely believed to be the inspiration for Treasure Island. Charter a yacht, if you haven’t already brought your own, to explore Norman Isle and other hidden coves and cays around Tortola.

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    When to visit Tortola

    Visit in March to see the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival where more than 150 boats race from Nanny Cay. Check your moon calendar to time your visit to coincide with the monthly Bomba’s Shack Full Moon Party.

Hotels we adore in Tortola

Here are the hotels that we love in Tortola. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

Peter Island Resort

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Your very own treasure island

Known for: Acres of pristine private beach

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