About Tortola

On his second voyage to the New World in 1493, Christopher Columbus encountered a very special corner of the Caribbean.   He named them “Las Once Mil Virgenes” 11,000 virgins after St. Ursula and the dozens of virtually untouched islands that dotted the landscape.

The British Virgin Island is a compact and mountainous archipelago of  59 square miles and over 50 islands, islets and cays.

Tortola, “land of turtle doves’ is the largest of the British Virgin Islands overlooking Sir Francis Drake Channel and situated about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. Road Town is the capital of Tortola and where most of the 21,000 residents of the B.V.I live. The island is mountainous and lush; Sage Mountain reaches a height of 1,780 feet.

Road Town, located on the southern shore, is the busy capital of the B.V.I. Road Town’s scenic setting and sheltered yacht-filled harbor allow the laid-back BVI lifestyle evolved over the last 400 years by English, Dutch, French, and Spanish adventurers, followed by plantation owners and 20th century settlers. Here are the shops, banks, hospital and Government House.

This relaxed, friendly and diversified community tempts travelers with velvety white sand beaches, turquoise waters, snorkeling, diving, surfing, sailing and wonderful regional and international cuisine

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