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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Apple Bay Beach

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Along with nearby Little Apple Bay and Capoon's Bay, this is your spot if you want to surf—although the white, sandy beach itself is...

Brewers Bay Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This beach is easy to find, but the steep, twisting paved roads leading down the hill to it can be a bit daunting. An old sugar mill...

Cane Garden Bay

  • Town/Village

Once a sleepy village, Cane Garden Bay has become one of Tortola's most important destinations. Stay at a small hotel or guesthouse here,...

Cane Garden Bay Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A silky stretch of sand, Cane Garden Bay has exceptionally calm, crystalline waters—except when storms at sea turn the water murky.

Dolphin Discovery

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Get up close and personal with dolphins as they swim in a spacious seaside pen. There are three different programs. In the Royal Swim,...

Elizabeth Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Home to a small resort, Elizabeth Beach is a palm-lined, wide, and sandy beach with parking along its steep downhill access road. Other...

Fort Burt

  • Historic District/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

  • Military 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...

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