Tortola Vacation Rentals

Tortola 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. Check out the Owner Direct Vacation Rentals listings to find the perfect accommodation for your next island getaway.

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  • 3 Bedroom Villa on Lambert Beach with Pool and Kayaks!

    3 Bedroom Villa on Lambert

    Tortola: Villa
    • 3 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #227255
    avg $360 USD/night Paypal
    Located on Tortola's East End and Nestled in the Lambert Estates Hillside this 3 bedroom, 3 bath Villa offers gorgeous views of Lambert Beach, which is in walking distance and beautiful Guana Island in the distance. This villa offers a covered breezeway that connects the two buildings, the outdoor cooking deck and the in ground pool. In addition, the breezeway also features a beautiful teak dining table with seating for 10. Behind the breezeway extends a large wooden deck accommodating a new outdoor shower and a new grill for outdoor cooking. Don't feel like cooking. No problem, there are several great restaurants within a 5 minute drive including: Calita's Turtle Bay at Lambert Beach (beachfront dining under the palm trees), The Tamarind Club at Josiah's Beach and Brandywine, consistently rated #1 in the BVI each year. The three spacious bedrooms offer new king size beds, white cathedral ceilings, immense storage space, and white tiled bathrooms with hand-painted cobalt blue designs. All bedrooms have air conditioning. The secluded home is a short walk or drive above Lambert Beach Resort and has access to all the amenities of the property including Tortola’s best beach, the resort’s pool, swim up pool bar (serving a great lunch), restaurant and tennis court. The airport, east side restaurants and the best surfing beach in the Caribbean are all between five and ten minutes away. Since taking ownership of this property, we have completed many upgrades including installing air conditioning in all bed rooms, completely renovating the kitchen, installing all new appliances and new furniture throughout the villa. We give you everything you need: 2 new "RTM" Ocean kayaks with paddles and life jackets 1 is a single and the other seats 2 adults and 2 children 4 new beach chairs / and umbrella Swimming noodles Snorkeling gear Even a surfboard. In ground pool with 4 new lounge chairs Unlimited high speed WiFi internet access 3 King size beds Ceiling fans in all rooms AIR CONDITIONING IN ALL BEDROOMS Cell phone for local calls Flat screen TVs in the Living room and bedroom 2 Stereo with Ipod / ipad / cell phone docking Gas range, dishwasher, microwave BBQ Grill Outdoor shower overlooking the sea Beaches: 1 minute drive (5 minute walk) to Lamberts Beach. Most locals regard this as the most beautiful beach on Tortola. With its many palm trees, beautiful sand and "Baths" like boulders. Calita's restaurant is on this beach and will give you fantastic views of the Caribbean sea while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. After lunch, go for a " pain killer" at the resorts swim up pool bar. 5 minute drive to Josiah"s Beach (Best beach for surfing on the island) Here you will find a younger crowd and a beach front bar and restaurant serving good food, cold beer and tropical drinks 5 minute drive to the islands best kept secret, Little Bay. Here you will most likely have the beach all to yourself and you will be in awe of the beauty of the cove shaped beach with soft white sand and gin clear water The North Shore and the more crowded beaches are a short drive away. Close enough for a day of exploring or checking out the party scene at night before returning to the peace and tranquility at your villa.
  • Beautiful Four Bedroom House with Pool and Breathtaking Panoramic Views

    Beautiful Four Bedroom

    Tortola: House
    • 4 BDR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #52586
    avg $210 USD/night Credit Card Star Rating
    This house is situated on the north shore coast at Long Bay, West End on the beautiful island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It is set high in the hillside and is surrounded by landscaped gardens with tropical flowers. The view from the house is breath-taking, given the appreciative eye a picture mile long beach and the islands which line the northern horizon of Tortola. This vacation rental has been the perfect getaway for families and couples alike. Consider it your home away from home in the Caribbean. The house is quiet and relaxing and is set on the hillside on a private family estate in Long Bay, West End on the northwestern end of Tortola. Please let owners know if you would like the house stocked with groceries before your arrival. If you prefer, you can shop at one of the local grocery stores (Rite Way or Bobby's Supermarket) in Road Town on your way from the airport.
  • Your Home Away From Home..In our Paradise!

    Your Home Away From Home

    Tortola: Apartment
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #101455
    avg $248 USD/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    Come Spend your best vacation ever in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. We are located in the heart of quaint Little Apple Bay, one of the older villages on Tortola. You'll be charmed as much as the genuinely friendly people, as by the local bars and restaurants. Just a two block walk will bring you to our breathtaking beach by Tortola's Surf Break. Along the way you'll pass both Bomba Shack, home of the world-famous Full Moon Party and the renowned Sebastian's Bar and Restaurant. The bedrooms are air conditioned.
  • Your Home Away From Home..In our Paradise!

    Your Home Away From Home

    Tortola: Apartment in a complex
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #24980
    avg $152 USD/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    Come spend your best vacation ever in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. We are located in the heart of quaint Little Apple Bay, one of the older villages on Tortola. You'll be charmed as much as the genuinely friendly people, as by the local bars and restaurants. Just a two block walk will bring you to our breathtaking beach by Tortola's Surf Break. Along the way you'll pass both Bomba Shack, home of the world-famous Full Moon Party and the renowned Sebastian's Bar and Restaurant.
  • Your Home Away From Home..In our Paradise!

    Your Home Away From Home

    Tortola: Apartment
    • 2 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #25140
    avg $152 USD/night Credit Card Pet Friendly
    Come Spend your best vacation ever in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. We are located in the heart of quaint Little Apple Bay, one of the older villages on Tortola. You'll be charmed as much as the genuinely friendly people, as by the local bars and restaurants. Just a two block walk will bring you to our breathtaking beach by Tortola's Surf Break. Along the way you'll pass both Bomba Shack, home of the world-famous Full Moon Party and the renowned Sebastian's Bar and Restaurant. The bedrooms are air conditioned. There is one other unit on this floor.

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Tortola News and Events

Tortola Annual Events
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Sweethearts of the Carribean Annual Regatta (February) - The event is based at the "loyal" West End Yacht Club, and don't miss the after party at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, the event sponsor located in Tortola's West End. It is attended by hundreds of yacht racers from the surrounding Caribbean islands and local British Virgin Islands.

BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (end of March - early April) - A seven-day sailing event that includes cruises, smaller races, and the three-day main-event regatta. Sponsored by the Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola. There is also non-stop entertainment every night. Live music, food and dancing in the sand, swimwear fashion show and the giant Moko Jumbies and did a huge beach bar! And if you're not racing, you can join a spectator boat or relax by the pool or beach.

Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree (April) - The BVI's top angler's event is held in Spanish Town, capital of Virgin Gorda, and includes great food and entertainment as well as fishing and beach fun. Held at the same time as Virgin Gorda's Easter Festival, featuring parades, calypso music, and funji bands.

BVI Music Festival (May) - The annual apex of the BVI music scene, the Music Festival includes reggae, calypso, funji, R&B, rock, dance, and jazz groups from across the region and around the world. Held over a three-day weekend in May at Cane Garden Bay Beach on Tortola, you can join music lovers and world-renowned artists. Take part in the sizzling beach parties, music concerts and after parties on a beach-front venue. This is where the sound of music meets the sounds of nature.

BVI Emancipation Festival (end of July - August) - Also known as the August Festival or the BVI Festival, this event marks the BVI's emancipation from slavery in 1834. It includes the annual freedom march, emancipation service, calypso monarch competition, boat races, and August Monday Parade. It is also during this time when the culture and history of the people are grandly showcased with extravaganzas of local and international music, pageants, Food Fairs, j'ouvert (street jamming), parades, gospel celebrations and folklore presentations. This is the cultural event of the year in the BVI and not to be missed.

Virgin's Cup (October) - A race in Francis Drake channel with the requirement that the helm is female! Racers and cruisers welcome, usually finishing at Norman Island.

Peg Legs Round Tortola Race (November) - Racers and Cruisers are welcome to join this event. Yachts visiting the British Virgin Islands are invited to make an attempt to beat the latest round Tortola records. Competitors must attempt the record anti-clockwise and round Beef, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port. The reward is in the taking part and bragging rights. The record breakers will be able to celebrate their feat with a free dinner at Peg Legs for up to 15 crewmembers and a jeroboam of champagne compliments of Nanny Cay and also get their names on the perpetual trophy which is on display year-round in Peg Legs Restaurant.

O'Neal Mundy Commodors Cup - Two short races in Francis Drake Channel, followed by the Club annual dinner and prize giving.

BVI Restaurant Week - This event geared toward anyone who loves foods and craves the authentic taste of flavor filled Caribbean cuisine. It affords everyone the opportunity to sample the wide array of foods offered from restaurant to restaurant and makes dinning affordable for patrons no matter whether you choose to dine at one of our boutique type restaurants or at one of our five star resorts.

Leverick Bay Poker Run - The one-day event Leverick Bay Poker Run has gained its prestige over the years for exciting poker games, great entertainment and vibrantly coloured power boats that grace the turquoise seas of the British Virgin Islands.

Jazz on the Hill - The annual not-to-be-missed Jazz on the Hill musical concert series in support of St. Mary’s School in Virgin Gorda is one of the quintessential musical events of the Caribbean. This event promises to delight, inspire and uplift locals and tourists with combination of R & B, pop, soul, gospel and of course, jazz. Whether or not the moon provides its spectacular fullness that helps to transport aficionados to another dimension of appreciation, the outdoorsy atmosphere, sloping hills and perfect May weather, not-to-mention local cuisine and drinks add up to total relaxation and enjoyment that’s hard to beat.

Things to do in Tortola
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Go For a Sail:
There is no shortage of sailing yachts available for full or half-day trips. These excursions usually include a sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to one of the islands to the south of Tortola, and normally feature snorkeling, beaching and lunch either onboard or at a shoreside restaurant. Three prominent charter operators who sail from Road Harbour or the nearby Village Cay Marina are listed below. Since rates, itineraries and schedules vary widely, contact each one in advance either by phone, email or log in to their website for specific offerings on the day of your port call.

Go For a Dive:
All dive operators offer two-tank morning dives. Contact individual dive operators for the availability or feasibility of "discover scuba" programs for non-certified divers. The British Virgin Islands offer some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. Of special interest is the wreck of the RMS Rhone, sunk in a hurricane in 1867, considered by many to be among the top 10 wreck dives in the world. Also worthy of exploration are the many reefs off the coast of Tortola and her neighboring islands.

Go For a Hike:
Sage Mountain, Tortola's national park, is criss-crossed with well-marked hiking trails, or hook up with a ranger for a guided walking tour with great scenery and views of the sea.

Go for a swim with a dolphin at Dolphin Discovery at Prospect Reef Resort.

Go Shopping:
Crafts Alive Marketplace is a collection of gaily colored tents on the waterfront. It sells batiks and tourist trinkets and a handful of genuinely interesting finds. Don't miss Sophia Dawles, a talented West Indian artist who displays her oils, watercolors and acrylics on a card table. Altruists may want to check out the BVI Community Craft Shop, whose handmade items, ranging from Christmas ornaments to rag rugs and fish-scale ornaments, are locally made. 

Fodor's - Tortola Overview
http://www.fodors.com/world/caribbean/british-virgin-islands/tortola/
Tortola was once a sleepy backwater. Now Tortola has become definitely busy with several cruise ships tied up at the Road Town dock. Passengers crowd the streets and shops, and open-air jitneys filled with cruise-ship passengers create bottlenecks on the island's byways. Most folks visit Tortola to relax on its deserted sands or linger over lunch at one of its many delightful restaurants. The steep green hills that form Tortola's spine are fanned by gentle trade winds. Beaches are never more than a few miles away. You can clearly see the neighboring islands glimmer like emeralds in a sea of sapphire. It's a relaxation haven far away from the hustle of modern life.
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