Tortola: Explore the BVI Neighborhood
With over 50 islands in close proximity making up the BVI neighborhood, there’s plenty to explore. Tortola, located west of Virgin Gorda, is the largest island in the country at 21 square miles. It is also the most populated with 24,000 residents and is home to both the country’s capital, Road Town, and an international airport. There are a few ways to experience the stunning beaches, delicious food and everything else the island has to offer.
To get to Tortola from Oil Nut Bay, you can ferry and taxi from the North Sound to Spanish Town and then catch a 30 minute Speedy’s Ferry ride over. An easier option would be to charter a boat for the day, which is something our concierge team is happy to assist with. With the BVI’s diverse beauty, we encourage boating day trips, where you charter a personal boat with a captain and stop at different beaches, restaurants and bars on and around Tortola.
The beaches are stunning and a bit more populated than Virgin Gorda. Cane Garden Bay is close to Road Town and the most popular option for tourists. The beach is riddled with beach bars and restaurants, making the options seem endless. Myett’s Garden & Grill has a wonderful breakfast, delicious menu and a cheap happy hour. Long Bay is a quieter and more private option with white sand beaches. Josiah’s Bay is also quiet, but known as a surfing spot. There are beaches spread all over the island, so take your time and explore!
The restaurants in Tortola are plentiful and diverse. Brandywine is a delicious, casual high-end restaurant with fresh seafood dishes and a great wine selection. It is located east of Road Town, about at 15-minute taxi away. The Dove is a modern fine dining restaurant in the capital with a fantastic bartender and champagne happy hours daily. If you’re craving sushi, Origin is an affordable and tasty option located right across the ferry dock in Road Town as well.
Tortola is another great excursion option for Oil Nut Bay guests and homeowners. Around it, there are smaller islands to discover as well, such as Cooper Island, Norman Island and Jost Van Dyke. No matter what you do, we hope on your stay with us that you’ll relax and explore all of the wonderful places and things the BVI has to offer!