British Virgin Islands
Atlantic Time Zone (UTC -4)
The official currency of Tortola is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted
Taxi, passenger van
Itineraries that visit
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise (special itinerary, 2009)
Escape to "nature's little secret" and the largest of the British Virgin Islands, the island paradise of Tortola.
Immerse yourself in the magic of a dolphin swim at Dolphin Discovery or surrender to the spectacular unspoiled tropical landscape at J.R. O'Neal Botanic Garden.
Stretch out on the white sands of Cane Garden Bay or marvel at the sweeping ocean and island views from the observation deck at Skyworld.
Stand in the shadow of Mount Healthy Windmill and discover the age-old art of rum production at Callwood Rum Distillery.
Sightsee and shop in Road Town, the British Virgin Islands' capital city, snorkel in and around Brewer's Bay, and revel in the natural beauty that surrounds you everywhere you look.
The highest peak of Tortola is Mount Sage, which stands at approximately 1750 feet.
The population of Tortola is approximately 23,908.
Tortola is approximately 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide.
Under British rule, Sugar was the main industry of Tortola for 150 years, from the late 17th century to 1838. Christopher Columbus was the very first European visitor to Tortola.
The first inhabitants of Tortola were the Arawak and Carib natives.
In the 16th century, pirates used the secluded coves of Tortola to hide and wait for trade ships to pillage and plunder.