Sometimes, we just need some inspiration to get us started. We have put together an example itinerary in Tortola and the surrounding area, but this is naturally a guide which can be sculpted and modified. We have ended the route in a different point of departure, but you can always extend your charter to take in more islands on returning to Tortola. This may look like: Josty Van Dyke Island to Norman Island (13 miles), to Marina Cay (18 miles), to Beef Island to Tortola.
The beaches in Tortola are famous for long stretches of golden sand, turquoise water and lush jungle. Cane Garden Bay is an easily accessible and increasingly popular beach which provides the ideal conditions for scuba diving. After a swim, dry off with a gentle hike around Sage Mountain where you will find yourself surrounded by dense and beautiful greenery as well as many species of birds and animals. The Botanic Gardens are another excellent stop-off for nature lovers, home to millions of different varieties of flowers and plants. Before heading over to Peter Island, why not head into Road Town, the capital of Tortola. It is a charming spot with its wooden houses, lively bars and colourful boutiques. Take a peaceful walk along the quay before hopping aboard your catamaran and admire the vast array of yachts and sailboats, especially during high season. It will take around 30 minutes to get from Tortola to Peter Island.
Peter Island is a private island with some of the best diving spots in the archipelago. With vast coral reefs bursting with life and colour, enormous stretches of sand and precious bays, this island has everything an enthusiastic diver could dream of. Key Cay is a beautiful spot for snorkelling and exploring and is advantageously placed close to the centre; this means you aren’t far from good restaurants where you can have dinner afterwards.
Cooper Island is another excellent island for sailing where plenty of spots for anchorage. Virgin Gorda is again full of beautiful bays and harbours to bring brightness and sparkle to your catamaran charter in Tortola. Savannah Bay and Devil’s Bay are idyllic bays which are picturesque and calm stop-offs. Baths National Park is also an excellent way to spend an afternoon; this incredible nature resort is the main attraction in Virgin Gorda. It has been characterised by the gigantic granite rocks which surround the park as well as the gorgeous beaches which frame it.
Spanish Town is the second largest town in the archipelago and provides some excellent shopping opportunities. The port is charming with plenty to do and see, but it is equally a fantastic place to stop-off and soak up the atmosphere. Dog island is an easy stop-off during your catamaran charter in Tortola and will prove to be an entertaining way to chill out during an afternoon with ample possibilities for diving and kayaking. Virgin Sound is another vast and beautiful space to explore nature and embrace adventures.
Anegada is cast in the north-east of the archipelago and welcomes the most curious sailors among you. If you’re looking to head off the beaten track during your catamaran charter in Tortola, this is the perfect stop. Strikingly different to other islands, Anegada is flatter, calmer and more rural with beautiful lagoons and bursting with colourful flora. There is only one little village in the island called ‘The Settlement’. You won’t be fighting for a space to sunbathe here; the beaches are quieter than in the more tourist-frequented islands. There is also the Faulkner House Museum to visit as well as the Iguana Sanctuary which was created to protect this endangered species.
With only 7 beaches and an orchard, Guana Island is a well-kept secret which remains untouched by tourism. The island offers superb views over much of the archipelago, bringing a sense of perspective and peace. There are more than 20 kilometres of hikes or trails to take if you want to explore the angle on foot. Sugarloaf Mountain is the culminating point of the island at 241 metres; but there are also paths which lead to beaches.
Jost Van Dyke is an island to visit if you want to get into the rhythm of everyday life here and meet more locals. Great Harbour is a beautiful bay surrounded by green landscapes and it is also surrounded by many tasty restaurants and vibrant bars. You can certainly spend a dynamic and fun-filled evening at Great Harbour, if you decide to moor here during your catamaran charter in Tortola.
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