Sailing around Tortola

Boats for rent in: Tortola

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The charter area Tortola is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and is known as the yachting capital of the Caribbean. Some of the largest charter operations are based here and provide bareboat and crewed sailing. The island offers spectacular scenery, perfect sailing conditions and fantastic opportunities for exploration. You can sail from beach to beach and island to island with ease due to the plethora of beaches and the close proximity of smaller islands to the coast.

The beaches of Tortola are white sand, laden with palm trees and surrounded by lush volcanic mountains. Some are bustling with restaurants and water sporting activities, whereas others are deserted and offer complete seclusion. The best way to realize the vibrant culture and history of Tortola and the surrounding area is by boat. You can set sail across the channel to Norman Isle, a former pirate den and according to some, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. There are many breath taking snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities at the boat charterer’s finger tips as stunning coral reefs encircle Tortola. Brewers Bay Beach on the east of the north shore is a particularly good place to snorkel and dive amongst a reef. The ruins of The Chizuken lie off the Coast of Beef Island, and the RMS Rhone lies nearby Salt Island. Here stingrays, barracuda’s and sharks can be seen swimming eerily among the wrecks.

Soper’s Hole, found in the west end of Tortola is where the famous pirate Blackbeard made his home in between 1715 and 1718, and this harbor offers good, safe anchorage for the night to let you enjoy an evening at the Jolly Roger Inn. Bottles of rum can also be sampled in The Callwood Rum Distillery, a historic rum manufacturer in Cane Garden Bay. Many other popular bars and restaurants can be found at Cane Garden Bay, and it is a good spot for windsurfing, water skiing and swimming. Once you tire of adventure, you can recline on the sands of Little Bay, Elizabeth Beach or Smuggler’s cove, and completely relax in tropical bliss. There are many opportunities for Yachtcharter Tortola all over the island.

Harbours and Marinas in Tortola 

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  • Road Town Harbour
  • Nanny Cay Marina
  • Hodges Creek Marina
  • Sopers Hole Marina
  • Village Cay Marina
  • Lighthouse Marina

Sailing Routes Tortola

This trip from Tortola will take you on an island adventure into the heart of the Caribbean. Road Town Harbour, the capital of the British Virgin Islands is the best place to begin a charter to the surrounding islands from Tortola. After setting sail, make your first stop at legendary Norman Island... more

Airports nearby Tortola

  • Road Town Airport
  • Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport
  • Virgin Gorda / North Sound Airport
  • Anegada Airport
  • Cyril E. King Airport
  • Benjamin Rivera Noriega Airport
  • St. John's Airport
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Climate & Weather

Tortola provides sheltered sailing conditions and has top notch marinas. Thousands of boats are available for charter here from notoriously friendly and helpful providers. The Sir Francis Drake Channel offers easy and protected access to the beautiful nearby islands on calm seas, making it a great environment for beginners. You do not need a lot of experience to sail comfortably here, and it is possible to take lessons or hire a skippered yacht (Road Town harbor being a good place to start.) Advanced sailors can venture further afield around the island for more of a challenge. The weather during season is paradisiacal with a combination of wall to wall sunshine and cooling breezes. The average annual temperature is a pleasant 27 °C, and the waters stay at around 20°C. The wind conditions are ideal for boating as most of the northeast trade winds blow at 2-6 bft. The best times to visit are from June to August or from December to April in order to avoid any rain or tropical storms.