Information & Facts
Tortola has a sub-tropical climate with warm weather year-round.
The high humidity and warm weather are eased by trade winds. Summer
temperatures average from 79-88°F (26-31°C) and in winter it's
between 72-82°F (22-28°C). Rainfall is erratic and there are
English is the main language spoken on the
The official currency is the US Dollar (USD), which is divided
into 100 cents. Most establishments on the larger islands accept
credit cards and travellers cheques, but on Anegada it is best to
have cash. Banks and exchange facilities can be found in Road Town,
Tortola. ATMs are available in Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Tortola's main attractions are its pristine white beaches, which
provide the perfect setting for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing,
and occasionally surfing in the perennially warm waters of the
Caribbean. Popular beaches like Cane Garden Bay, Lambert Bay,
Trellis Bay and Long Bay are all good locations for relaxing and
Scuba divers only need to go 6 miles (10km) off the island to
reach the Chikuzen, a wrecked Japanese refrigeration ship covered
in extensive coral reefs that offer some of the best underwater
photography opportunities in the world. Other good dive sites in
Tortola include Smuggler's Cove and Brewer's Bay Pinnacle.
If you can drag yourself off the beach, sightseeing in Tortola
can be rewarding, as there are a few interesting ruins and cultural
sites that hint at its colourful past. You can view the ruins of
the St. Philips Church, the grand William Thornton Estate, and the
remains of a fort known now simply as 'the Dungeon'.
Road Town has a number of markets and museums, including the
Virgin Islands Folk Museum and the HMS Prison. It's also the centre
of Tortola's nightlife, with a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars
and clubs ranging from romantic garden restaurants to laid-back
Local time is GMT -4.