is the capital island of the British Virgin Islands
in the Caribbean
; the largest and most populated of the islands. Tortola remains peaceful and alluring- the charm of its colonial past intact.
Although there are many reasons to visit Tortola Island, rest and relaxation top the list. Enjoy this peaceful island paradise from the comfort of your Owner Direct oceanfront vacation rental, romantic villa rental, condo rental, or quiet holiday home
in a quaint island village.
The history of the Tortola Island is fascinating. In 1493 Christopher Columbus first spotted what are now the Virgin Islands. The Spanish made a few attempts to settle the area, but pirates such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd were the first permanent inhabitants of the island. The British successfully established a permanent plantation colony on Tortola in the 17th century and the sugar cane industry, dependent on the slave labor of Africans, dominated Tortola history. Explore the centuries-old ruins at Fort Burt or Fort Recovery, the Mount Healthy Windmill and Callwood's Rum Distillery, which is still in operation. Stop by and explore the BVI Folk Museum in Road Town, the capital city. Conveniently situated villa rentals make exploring the island hassle free.
This rich history has lead to Tortola’s diverse cultural mix and the people of Tortola are known for their warmth and hospitality. The cuisine of the island reflects this diversity and a variety of culinary delights are available. Delicacies such as fresh lobster, conch, spicy goat, curries and Johnny Cakes are some of the Caribbean favorites on offer. Enjoy a four-star dinner at a converted sugar mill or a delicious West Indian roti at one of the pastel-painted cottages.
Main Street in Road Town has an array of shops and restaurants; offering everything from local spices, jams, rums, and soaps to handcrafted jewelry, silk-screened fabrics, and local art. All vacation rental lodging and accommodation are within a short drive as the island is only 19km long and 5 km wide. Villas and other accommodations are available.
Of course the main attractions to the island have to be the powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered harbors. Tortola offers visitors peace and quiet, plus every activity they could hope for. The range of accommodations runs from beachfront vacation rentals to amazing villa rentals and luxury condo rentals
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