The capital and largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is a mix of the past and the present. Here, West Indian ruins are the backdrop for luxury resorts, yachts, and boutiques.
On the north side of the island, a stop at Cane Garden Bay is always fun, and if you are here for full moon and want a wild evening out, the Bomba Shack is the spot. Nanny Cay is a safe and snug harbor and serves as a base for many of the sailing charters.
Heading east you’ll pass Guana Island. Plan on stopping for lunch and a snorkel at Monkey Point. Trellis Bay is a perfect place to stop and dine at Da Loose Mongoose during their Sunday BBQ and music night or the famous Last Resort where every night you'll enjoy a show and full buffet dinner. Reservations will need to be made in advance for this experience.
If you don’t stop in Trellis Bay, head to Marina Cay where there is a lively Pusser’s Restaurant or you can enjoy quieter dining at Donovan’s Reef across the Bay on Scrub Island.
If all of these areas seem a bit crowded for your taste, consider Long Bay. Located just west of the airport, the beach here is gorgeous and often empty!
The main town on the Island is Roadtown. Located on the East side of the Island, Roadtown is where you'll find several good grocery stores and a few shops with unique merchandise.
On the south side, you may spend a night in Fat Hogs Bay. There’s a good grocery store, a marine store, dive shop and a great restaurant called Eclipse at Penn’s Landing Marina.
West End Tortola has a marina with many shops, Pusser’s Restaurant, and the nearby Jolly Roger pub.
You’re almost guaranteed to sail through the cut at West End, so stop in at Soper’s Hole if you need anything. Prices are a bit high, but you’re paying a bit for the view. This place is quaint and gorgeous, and a blast to sail into!