Destination guide

Tortola – an island paradise with colorful towns

With picture-perfect beaches that are straight off a postcard, Tortola is an ideal destination for relaxing and taking in the views. Surrounded by coral reefs, it's a popular spot for scuba diving or swimming with dolphins, and it's easy to hop on a ferry and explore the rest of the British Virgin Islands. Stay in a Tortola vacation rental and you can discover the island's settlements, such as Road Town, which is painted in bright colors and which features rustic, traditionally Caribbean restaurants with a laid-back vibe.

Things to do

Discover how rum is made in Tortola

Callwood Rum Distillery is well-hidden among sugarcane fields, so you'll need to follow the hand-painted signs to find this rustic building. You'll be able to watch locals making rum the old-fashioned way, with big copper pots being boiled outside. The rum is then stored in wooden barrels in stone buildings, and you can wander around taking samples of some of the rich liquors on offer. There's a well-stocked bar at the end of the tour where you can relax and try a rum flight, and you can pick up some bottles of your favorites to take home.


White sands and turquoise seas in Tortola

Tortola is surrounded by beaches with white sands and warm inviting waters. Accessible only by boat, White Bay is a peaceful stretch of beach, with a coral reef just offshore. Relax under a palm tree or grab your snorkel and spot schools of colorful fish just under the water's surface. Smugglers Cove, in the west of the island, is close to many Tortola vacation rentals, and was the site where pirates used to dock. Because it's off the beaten track, it's often empty, and it's a great place to take a long walk at sunset, along the powdery sands.


Tropical Tortola sunshine year-round

Tortola enjoys a hot, tropical climate all year round. There's not much variation in temperature from winter to summer, although January to April are the driest months, which makes it a popular time to book Tortola vacation rentals. From May to December, it can be humid and there are often showers, although they're usually short and localized. September and October see the biggest hurricane risk, so keep an eye on the news, for advice.

Natural features

Island exploration and mountain hikes in Tortola

Most visitors to Tortola come for the beaches, and the island certainly has an abundance of them. You can also take the small ferries out to surrounding islands such as Jost Van Dyke, which has rocky, unspoiled coves plus almost empty beaches, so you can find your own island paradise. Hiking is also a popular activity in Tortola, which has dense tropical rainforests as you head inland. Sage Mountain National Park has long shady trails, where you'll see small waterfalls, exotic flowers and lush ferns along the way. Hike to the top and you'll enjoy panoramic views across Tortola.

How many vacation rentals are available around Tortola, VG?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 192 vacation rentals around Tortola. From 34 house rentals to 110 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent an ocean-view property in Tortola?

Waking up to glorious beach views and the tidal rhythms of waves crashing to the shore. This is the stuff vacation fantasies are made of! There are 110 beachside rental properties to choose from. Of course, that might not be your style. Luckily, Vrbo has a bunch more options, including:

  • 76 beach-view vacation rentals.
  • 67 seaside vacation rentals.
  • 57 beach vacation rentals.

Can I rent a villa in Tortola?

Whether you're organizing a family get-together, a getaway with friends or a celebration, there's more than enough room for your posse when you book a private villa. Just don't forget to call dibs on the best bedroom! In this destination, there are 109 rentals to pick from. Rates start at $126 a night. Or maybe you'd rather go for one of the area's other lodging types, such as:

  • House: 34 vacation homes. Prices start from $141 per night.
  • Yacht: 15 vacation homes. Prices start from $258 per night.
  • Apartment: 11 vacation homes. Prices start from $135 per night.

Can I stay in Tortola in a large group?

There's nothing quite like reconnecting with old work friends or spending a few weeks with your loved ones in a marvelous new destination. What's best, Vrbo has places big enough for everyone. Why not take a look at the 26 villa vacation homes available here? They're the most popular choice for large groups of travelers. If you're wanting to stay with a large group, the properties for rent that will serve you well include:

  • On the lookout for vacation homes that can house 6 vacationers? We have 47 that will fit the bill. The prices start from $197 per night.
  • Keen to find somewhere for 8 people? We have 37 that will be perfect. You can book one for as little as $289 per night.
  • Trying to find places for rent suitable for 12 guests? You'll be pleased to find out we have 19 that'll be perfect. You can score one from just $238 a night.

You and all your besties will be more than satisfied when you plan your Tortola escape through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Tortola?

Tight hotel rooms are no place to spend those precious vacation moments! Look through our budget-friendly rentals now and ensure everyone has room to spread out. When it comes to looking for a great deal, your first stop should be Road Town. Here, Vrbo has 132 rentals at an average price of $413 per night. Another 127 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Kingston. With an average price of $421 per night, you're sure to snatch a deal worth bragging about.