When you go on holiday, you want to have an endless list of possibilities and opportunities available to take advantage of; and you will certainly not be short of options in Tortola. Surfing is quickly becoming one of the most popular activities along the sandy white beaches and kayaking closely follows. There are many lagoons dotted around the island which are perfect spots to test out your kayak. Snorkelling and diving are two other excellent activities which you can carry out easily on the island, or if you would prefer to swap sea for dry land, there’s plenty of hiking trails and cliff walks to tread.
You go with the rhythm of the waves in this island; this means that you can essentially do what you want, when you want. Some of us like to follow a strict schedule regarding holidays but others like to just go with the flow and a sailboat charter in Tortola is the perfect holiday for that. Lazy lie-ins or early mornings, beach afternoons or morning strolls: you can fit your plans around the time you have and prioritise the activities and sites which are important to you. Being less restricted by timetables and itineraries also means that there is more room to keep everybody happy.
This is highest point of the island, culminating at a mighty 521 metres high and surrounded by vast ocean. This astounding summit crowns the mountain the highest point in the British Virgin Islands and guarantees breath-taking views of the entirety of the island. A hike up Sage Mountain during your sailboat charter in Tortola will is sure be one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. Its majestic positioning against green hills and blue seas is where the island gets its name: ‘sage’ in French means ‘wise’. The mountain not only attracts nature-lovers and more expert hikers but also sailors who wish to draw close to its beautiful wildlife and tranquillity. The National Park is the first National Park in the British Virgin Islands, so it is fascinating to see where it all began.
Road Town is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and the population sits at around 10,000 people. It is a pleasant town to walk around and here, you can discover the typical Caribbean and colourful houses. Being the capital, naturally there is also plenty of places to go shopping as well as many spots to grab a snack and refuel. Most of the restaurants and bars are found along Waterfront Drive Main Street and visitors can also find more pretty brick and wooden buildings along here.
A few kilometres from the centre lies a botanical garden which is worth a visit where the explosion of colours, smells and sights of the diverse flora and fauna will send your senses tingling.
There are also various rum tasting tours which are organised in Road Town. Callwood Distillery is a tiny distillery which is situated a little way off the beaten track. You will have the opportunity to talk to staff and try different types of spiced rum, as well as learn about the fabrication process. Bomba’s Surfside Shack is another festive site to visit with a lively atmosphere and top-quality food and drink to sample. The view is also awe-inspiring.
Cane Garden Bay is a superb beach with various bars and cafes close by. The sand is said to be like sugar, which is where this beach gets its name from. If you head here early in the morning, you may be able to see dolphins swimming in the bay. Grab a snorkel set and go join them!
Although the official language of the islands is English, the local currency is the US dollar. We would recommend a charter in the British Virgin Islands during January to April to avoid wet periods or hurricane seasons. However, the climate is tropical and humid all year around and the temperature will always be above 20 degrees. This means the sea water is always great for swimming. There are banks all over the islands from which are can withdraw cash, but credit card payments are also widely accepted. Given the nature of the islands, boat rental is indisputably the best way to get around and make the most of the archipelago and all it has to offer.
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