Tortola, British Virgin Islands
The seat of government, business center and capital of the British Virgin Islands are based in Road Town, Tortola. This island is known worldwide for its breathtaking beaches, aquamarine waters, yacht charters and offshore banking.
Bordered by historic, Sir Francis Drake Channel, Tortola has a rich history of fishing, farming, sailing, pirates and privateers.
Road Town is home to the first bareboat charter company in the world. In 1969, Charley & Ginny Cary launched "The Moorings" bareboat company with only three boats in their fleet! That number quickly grew to six and has continued to grow exponentially! Today, The Moorings is one of the largest charter companies in the world and the BVI is arguably the most popular sailing destination.
There are no fewer than 12, BVI bareboat companies, more than 800 bareboat yachts, several dozen crewed yachts, water sports rental companies, a few fishing charter boats, 4 small power boat rental companies, numerous day sail boats, 5 scuba companies, 3 yacht brokers, a few yacht charter brokerage firms, (including Bareboats BVI) and about a dozen marinas ... based on Tortola!
Suffice to say that our sailing industry in the British Virgin Islands is substantial and includes 3, name brand sail makers, 3 marine supply companies, shipwrights, mechanics, riggers, etc.
The people of the BVI are as diverse as her villages and you'll find that old traditions die hard, as Slip Away will tell you. He doesn't feel the need for a car. He and William get up and down the hills just fine!
In Josiah's Bay, this little boy called, "Pssssst, Miss ... take my picture!" I was 20 feet above him, on Ridge Road and couldn't resist that big smile looking up at me. Somehow, I doubt he will be riding a donkey in 50 years time!
There are 4 National Parks on the island, including Mount Healthy which is the island's only remaining sugar mill. Other BVI parks are Sage Mountain, J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens & Queen Elizabeth Park.
Chief Minister, Lavity Stoutt passed away on May 5th, 1995. Mr. Stoutt made a commitment to the people of the British Virgin Islands to ensure continuing education for future generations. H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and Marine Studies were named in his honour and remain his legacy to the people of the British Virgin Islands.
There are many artists in the British Virgin Islands. These photos of paintings on the Ridge Road "Wall of Art" depict island scenes both, past and present.
Famous for its beautiful, white sand beaches, Tortola also has several, charming fishing villages. Above, you can see fishermen preparing their bait while getting ready to go fishing. Clem's By The Sea is a favourite BVI restaurant (in the photo above) specializing in fresh seafood!
The center of activity is in Road Town, which is becoming more modern every day. Considering the population of the British Virgin Islands is somewhere between 25,000 to 28,000 people, its existing infrastructure would suggest a population of several times that number. The first stop light (which made front page news in local papers) was installed in Road Town in 2003.
Tortola is Spanish for "Turtle Dove", a shy little brown dove which is often seen in the hills or flying along various dirt roads.
More photographs of Tortola
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Launched: September 27, 2004 - Last Updated: January 27, 2014