Tortola Sights

Tortola doesn't have many historic sights, but it does have lots of spectacular natural scenery and beautiful beaches. Although you could explore the island's 21 square miles (56 square km) in a few hours, opting for such a whirlwind tour would be a mistake. There's no need to live in the fast lane when you're surrounded by some of the Caribbean's most breathtaking panoramas. In any event, you come

to Tortola to relax, read in the hammock, and spend hours at dinner, not to dash madly around the island ticking yet another sight off your list. Except for the Dolphin Discovery, where advance booking is recommended, the other island sights are best seen when you stumble upon them on your round-the-island drive.

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Fort Burt

  • Military Site

The most intact historic ruin on Tortola was built by the Dutch in the early 17th century to safeguard Road Harbour. It sits on a hill...

Fort Recovery

  • Historic District/Site

The unrestored ruins of a 17th-century Dutch fort sit amid a profusion of tropical greenery on the grounds of Fort Recovery Beachfront...

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

Take a walk through this 4-acre showcase of lush plant life. There are sections devoted to prickly cacti and succulents, hothouses for...

Long Bay Beach West

  • Beach–Sight

This beach is a stunning, mile-long stretch of white sand; have your camera ready to snap the breathtaking approach. Although Long Bay...

Long Bay Beach, Beef Island

  • Beach–Sight

Long Bay on Beef Island has superlative scenery: the beach stretches seemingly forever, and you can catch a glimpse of Little Camanoe...

Mount Healthy National Park

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

The remains of an 18th-century sugar plantation can be seen here. The windmill structure has been restored, and you can see the ruins...

Old Government House Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The official government residence until 1997, this gracious building now displays a nice collection of artifacts from Tortola's past.

Sage Mountain National Park

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At 1,716 feet, Sage Mountain is the highest peak in the BVI. From the parking area, a trail leads you in a loop not only to the peak...

Smuggler's Cove Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A beautiful, palm-fringed beach, Smuggler's Cove is down a pothole-filled dirt road. After bouncing your way down, you'll feel as if...

Soper's Hole

  • Neighborhood/Street

On this little island connected by a causeway to Tortola's western end, you can find a marina and a captivating complex of pastel West...

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