Tortola island is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a grouping of some fifty land masses of varying shapes and sizes in the northeastern Caribbean. Like the rest of the BVI, Tortola island remains charmingly reminiscent of West Indies' past; a quiet colonial atmosphere pervades Tortola island, aided by measures that the BVI have put in place to restrict the types of development that so often taint the Caribbean's paradisiacal feel. There are things to see and do on Tortola island, sure, but relaxation usually tops the agenda of the people who visit here. Peaceful white-sand beaches, rolling hills, and an unassumingly friendly people make Tortola island a restful haven.
On Tortola the first rays light up the green slopes that fall from Mount Sage to secluded palm-fringed beaches far below. The shops are laying out their West Indian wares: spices, jams, rums, soaps, and hand-crafted jewellery. In Tortola there are many activities for every taste: Snorkelling off a deserted beach, scuba diving, horseback riding, or just sailing the deep blue sea. Tortola is the hub of the chain of the British Virgin Islands. It offers visitors peace and quiet, plus every activity they could hope for. And Tortola offers as many choices in cuisine from continental to local fare. Breakfast can be a cappuccino and croissant, lunch a West Indian roti, and dinner a four-star meal in a converted sugar mill, where the only sound will be the pounding of the surf.