5 Reasons to Visit The Hidden Gem of the Caribbean: Tortola

Written by Kristen Rogers
December 6, 2018

Last Updated on January 13, 2022 by Boatsetter Team

The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola could be considered one of the best sailing destinations in all of the Caribbean. The weather is balmy all year long, and it is full of little, hidden coves to explore. Once you set your eyes on the spectacular waters surrounding the island, you’ll never want to sail anywhere else.  Immerse yourself among the VIP-Tortola and all of the British Virgin Islands draw the celebrities! Need more convincing? Here are 5 reasons why you should definitely visit Tortola with Boatsetter.

1) Brewers Bay

This horseshoe-shaped bay is surrounded by white sandy beaches, palm trees, and mountain views. Drop anchor in the tranquil waters and watch the pelicans fly overhead looking for their next meal. The best snorkeling in all of the British Virgin Islands can be found here. You will love watching all the colorful tropical fish that live around the coral reef flitting by.

2) Callwood Rum Distillery

Take a peek at the oldest, continuously running distillery in the entire Caribbean. Located on the western side of Cane Garden Bay, the distillery has been the livelihood for the Callwood family for the last 300 years. See the process, and marvel at the huge copper vats. You can snag a taste (or two) in the small attached store, and purchase a few bottles to take back with you as well.

3) Fahie Hill Murals

Get a taste of the local life with these soaring murals along the curves of Ridge Road. They were all painted by local artists and they depict various aspects of island life. There is so much to see, you will want to pull over and study them for a while. Just be warned, you may have to share the space with others. The art draws a lot of visitors.

4) J.R. Neal Botanical Gardens

In the middle of Road Town, you will find 4-acres of park dedicated to preserving some of the endangered plant species of the island. There is plenty to explore from a small rainforest to a palm grove. The orchid house deserves a peek and be on the lookout for the Flamboyant tree with its scarlet flowers.

5) The Food!

One of the best reasons to visit Tortola is the abundance of dining options. No matter what type of food you enjoy, you are sure to find it here. The highlight, of course, is all of the Caribbean flavors pouring out of every corner of the island. You will love the fresh seafood, the grilled watermelon, and the curried shrimp available at restaurants around Tortola. Don’t head back home without feasting on the fusion dishes at Bananakeet Cafe!

Ready to start planning your trip to Tortola? Things are much easier when you charter a ride around the island through Boatsetter. Use our search engine to find the perfect craft for your sailing needs. We connect you with the boat owners and you book your preferred dates. Start your Caribbean adventure today!

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