Discover Tortola

Tortola is the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning ‘’land of the Turtle Dove’’. But Columbus named it Santa Ana. Later, the Dutch settled and called it Ter Tholen, after a coastal island forming part of the west coast of the Netherlands. When finally the British took over, they altered the name to Tortola.

To experience the beauty of Tortola, swim or stroll the white-sand beaches. Explore ancient ruins or delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean. In Tortola, there’s a variety of Caribbean vacation activities to indulge in.

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Useful Info

  • Time
    4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

  • Electricity
    110 volts

  • Language
    English, spoken with a West Indian lilt and woven with local slang.

  • Currency
    US dollar

  • Capital
    Road Town

  • Area
    21.51 square miles

  • Communication (drop down)
    The country code for Tortola is +1-284.

  • Climate
    Tortola has a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. Typical daily around 32⁰C in the summer and 29⁰C in the winter.

  • Public Holidays
    - Jan 1: New Year's Day
    - March 7: Anniversary of the Birth of Hamilton Lavity Stoutt
    - March 14: Commonwealth Day
    - March 27: Good Friday
    - March 28: Easter Monday
    - April 21: Sovereign’s Birthday
    - May 16: Whit Monday
    - July 1: Territory Day
    - August 1: Festival
    - August 2: Festival
    - August 3: Festival
    - October 21: St. Ursula’s Day
    - December 25: Christmas Day
    - December 26: Christmas Day
    - December 27: Boxing Day

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  • Address
    Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, P.O. Box 4416 Road Town, Tortola, BVI

  • Facilities
    All shops at the airport are provides duty free shopping. The airport is equipped with an ATM, accessible daily from 5:30 am – 10:30 pm.

  • Internet
    A free Wi-Fi service is available at the Departure Lounge of the airport.

  • Airport taxis
    Taxis are available outside the arrivals.

  • Airport parking
    There are pick-up and drop-off areas outside the terminal.

  • Getting to the city
    Taxis and public transportation is available at the airport.

  • Car rental
    There are different car rental agencies on the island.

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