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  • 1. Cane Garden Bay

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

    Once a sleepy village, Cane Garden Bay has become one of Tortola's most popular destinations. Stay at a small hotel or guesthouse here, or stop by for lunch, dinner, or drinks at a seaside restaurant, or popular nightspots like Quito's and Myett's. You can find a few small stores selling clothing and basics such as sunscreen, and one of Tortola's most popular beaches is at your feet. Myett's offers hotel rooms almost directly on the beach, while the newer Quito's Inn has smartly appointed rooms. The roads in and out of this area are dauntingly steep, so use caution when driving.

    Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
  • 2. Old Government House Museum

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

    The official government residence until 1997, this gracious building now displays a nice collection of artifacts from Tortola's past. The rooms are filled with period furniture, hand-painted china, books signed by Queen Elizabeth II on her 1966 and 1977 visits, and numerous items reflecting Tortola's seafaring legacy.

    Waterfront Dr., Road Town, Tortola, VG11110, British Virgin Islands
    284-494–4091

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    Rate Includes: $5, Closed weekends
  • 3. Apple Bay Beach

    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 narrow....

    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 narrow. Sebastian's, a casual hotel, caters to those in search of the perfect wave. Otherwise, there's nothing else in the way of amenities. Good waves are never a sure thing, but you're more apt to find them in January and February. If you're swimming and the waves are up, take care not to get dashed on the rocks. Amenities: none. Best for: surfing; swimming.

    North Shore Rd. at Zion Hill Rd., Apple Bay, Tortola, VG1130, British Virgin Islands
  • 4. Callwood Distillery

    Nobody is really sure how long rum has been made at the Callwood Distillery, but it's been at least 200 years, and one thing is...

    Nobody is really sure how long rum has been made at the Callwood Distillery, but it's been at least 200 years, and one thing is certain: it houses the longest continuously operated copper pot still in the Caribbean. Located on a side street in Cane Garden Bay, the ancient distillery offers tours and tastings of its uniquely flavored rums, made directly from the juice of pressed sugar cane, not molasses or refined sugar. For a true taste of the BVI, it doesn’t get more authentic than Callwood’s barrel-aged spirits.

    Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
    284-495--9383

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    Rate Includes: Tours $5, tastings $1, Closed Sun. except when cruise ships are in port
  • 5. Fort Burt

    The most intact historic fort on Tortola (that's not saying much, however) was raised by the Dutch in the early 17th century to safeguard Road...

    The most intact historic fort on Tortola (that's not saying much, however) was raised by the Dutch in the early 17th century to safeguard Road Harbour, then rebuilt by the British. It sits on a hill at the western edge of Road Town and is now the site of a small hotel (also named Fort Burt). The foundations and magazine remain, and the structure offers a commanding view of the harbor.

    Waterfront Dr., Road Town, Tortola, VG11110, British Virgin Islands
    284-494--2587

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    Rate Includes: Free
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  • 6. Fort Recovery

    An unrestored but largely intact 17th-century Dutch fort sits amid a profusion of tropical greenery on the grounds of the Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas and...

    An unrestored but largely intact 17th-century Dutch fort sits amid a profusion of tropical greenery on the grounds of the Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas and Suites. The most interesting thing to see here are the remains of a martello tower, a type of fortification used to make up for the site's lack of elevation; it's rarely found in the Caribbean. There are no guided tours, but you're welcome to stop by and poke around.

    Waterfront Dr., Road Town, Tortola, VG11110, British Virgin Islands
    284-541–0955

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 7. Long Bay Beach

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

    This beach is a stunning, mile-long stretch of white sand; have your camera ready to snap the breathtaking approach. The entire beach is open to the public and is often used by people staying in villas in the Long Bay/Belmont area and at the Long Bay Beach Resort. The water isn't as calm here as at Cane Garden or Brewers Bay, but it's still swimmable. Turn left at Zion Hill Road; then travel about half a mile. Amenities: none. Best for: swimming.

    Long Bay Rd., Long Bay, Tortola, VG1130, British Virgin Islands
  • 8. Mount Healthy National Park

    The remains of an 18th-century sugar plantation can be seen here. The windmill structure, the last one standing in the BVI, has been restored, and...

    The remains of an 18th-century sugar plantation can be seen here. The windmill structure, the last one standing in the BVI, has been restored, and you can also see the ruins of a factory with boiling houses, storage areas, stables, a hospital, and many dwellings. It's a nice place to picnic and reflect on the island's history.

    Ridge Rd., Todman Peak, Tortola, VG11130, British Virgin Islands
    284-393–9284

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 9. North Shore Shell Museum

    Egbert Donovan, the “shell man” of Carrot Bay, entertains passing buses full of tourists with tunes on his guitar and welcomes those who tarry longer...

    Egbert Donovan, the “shell man” of Carrot Bay, entertains passing buses full of tourists with tunes on his guitar and welcomes those who tarry longer to visit his museum crammed with thousands of sea shells, gathered over the course of almost 30 years from the nearby waters and shoreline. Donovan’s shell-gathering boat was a victim of Hurricane Irma, so now he spends more time showing off his shells and serving bush tea and turtle soup to visitors.

    Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
    284-343--7581

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    Rate Includes: Free
  • 10. Smuggler's Cove Beach

    A beautiful, palm-fringed beach, Smuggler's Cove is down a pothole-filled dirt road. After bouncing your way down (a four-wheel-drive rental is highly recommended), you'll feel...

    A beautiful, palm-fringed beach, Smuggler's Cove is down a pothole-filled dirt road. After bouncing your way down (a four-wheel-drive rental is highly recommended), you'll feel as if you've found a hidden piece of the island. You probably won't be alone on weekends, though, when the beach attracts snorkelers and sunbathers. There's a fine view of Jost Van Dyke. The popular Nigel's Boom Boom Beach Bar has grilled food and the requisite Painkillers; the extremely informal Patricia's beach bar is next door. Follow Long Bay Road past Long Bay Beach Club, keeping to the roads nearest the water until you reach the beach. It's about a mile past the resort. Amenities: food and drink, parking. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

    Long Bay Rd., Long Bay, Tortola, VG1130, British Virgin Islands
  • 11. Soper's Hole

    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 Indian–style...

    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 Indian–style buildings with shady balconies, shuttered windows, and gingerbread trim that house art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, including the popular Pusser's Landing West End and two Omar's restaurants (Omar's Fusion and Omar's Cafe).

    Soper's Hole, Tortola, VG11130, British Virgin Islands
  • 12. Dolphin Discovery

    Closed Permanently

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

    Get up close and personal with dolphins as they swim in a spacious seaside pen. There are three different programs. In the Royal Swim, dolphins tow participants around the pen. The less expensive Adventure and Discovery programs allow you to touch the dolphins.

    Waterfront Dr., Road Town, Tortola, VG11110, British Virgin Islands
    284-494–7675

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    Rate Includes: Royal Swim $149, Adventure $129, Discovery $99
  • 13. Skyworld

    Closed Permanently

    Drive up here and climb the observation tower for a stunning 360-degree view of numerous islands and cays. On a clear day you can even...

    Drive up here and climb the observation tower for a stunning 360-degree view of numerous islands and cays. On a clear day you can even see St. Croix (40 mi [64 km] away) and Anegada (20 mi [32 km] away).

    Tortola, VG11130, British Virgin Islands
    No phone

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    Rate Includes: Free

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