Tortola, British Virgin Islands

How many islands give you the chance to sail on channel-crossing yachts destined for the Norman, Cooper, Salt or Pepper Islands? From Tortola, you can reach all of these, or jump right in and swim or snorkel into underwater caves and get up-close with colorful coral reefs. A scenic island tour takes you up Fort Hill to Cane Garden Bay, where you can relax on spectacular white-sand beaches. Enjoy the tales of this historic waterway as you retrace the paths of Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake.

  • Norman Island, immortalized in Treasure Island, is today a great snorkel spot.
  • The tallest mountain in all the Virgin Islands can be found in Sage Mountain Park.
  • Nearby Salt Island was once in habited by residents who sent Queen Elizabeth a one-pound bag per year as rent.

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