Charter a yacht in Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands and an ideal location for a sailing holiday in the Caribbean. With Zizoo, you can experience the best Tortola has to offer. See the coastal capital of Road Town, sandy white beaches, and enjoy some of the smoothest sailing in the world.
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The British Virgin Islands are famously easy to sail, and a fantastic choice for beginner sailors or anyone looking to take advantage of visiting the Caribbean’s stunning beaches and islands. The weather is warm year-round and drier towards the beginning of the year with the months between January and May being the best time to visit. As a British visitor, you won’t need a visa, and the same is true for Americans, Canadians and the majority of EU travellers, though it’s best to check with your embassy before travelling.
Beef Island Tortola Airport, also called Terrance B. Lettsome International, is the nation’s primary airport and is a 25-minute drive to Road Town which is the ideal base for sailing holidays in Tortola. The BVI use the US dollar as their currency, and on Tortola the main ports are found at Road Harbour, Soper’s Hole and Nanny Cay.
On Tortola itself, you can experience the best of BVI culture in Road Town, with historic sites including its Folk Museum then head to marina and begin your journey exploring the islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost van Dyke on your sailing yacht. The Dove is one of the country’s best eateries. Also nearby is the BVI Yacht Club, Pusser’s Road Town Pub and The Cabernet Bar and Grill. You’ll find the pubs lively and friendly, serving cold beers and cocktails with rum.
Cane Garden Bay is one of Tortola’s most popular beaches. There are a number of others, including Long Bay on Beef Island and Josiah’s Bay, where you can enjoy surfing or sunbathing.
We Be Divin’ is a diving centre near Road Town and an excellent local place to spend the afternoon and discover what makes the BVI such a celebrated destination for beach holidays. Further out, at Black Rock Point at Salt Island, you can dive at the wreck of the RMS Rhone which is widely regarded as the best wreck dive in the world. You can also visit Dolphin Discovery on Tortola and swim with dolphins. While on land, trekking the Sage Mountain Park is an excellent way to appreciate this tropical paradise.
...the RMS Rhone which is widely regarded as the best wreck dive in the world.
If you want to get off the beaten track and discover hidden sides of Tortola, there’s no more enjoyable way to do so than by cruising its coast. Along the south from Road Town, head to Nanny Cay, a resort on a small peninsula jutting out into the sea. Further along, you can also stop at Soper’s Hole. Both have great marinas for mooring at buoys as you stop and admire the local scenery. Head further out to Virgin Gouda, Jost van Dyke, Peter Island and Cooper Island, which all offer moorings and the opportunity to explore the diversity of the BVI’s various islands.
If you want to get off the beaten track and discover hidden sides of Tortola, there’s no more enjoyable way to do so than by cruising its coast.
At the Nanny Cay resort, you can enjoy excellent amenities such as restaurants and visitor information on local excursions. Soper’s Hole has great shopping and more restaurants, as well as luxurious spa services.
To the north, you can test out your surfing skills in Josiah's Bay. After an afternoon surfing, grab a bite at the local beach bar and cruise along the northern coast to see more of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands by boat. Guana Island is a privately owned island, whereas Great Camanoe is exclusively residential, but you will still have an opportunity to stop by. Great Camanoe can only be accessed by boat and is a great place for snorkelling around the nearby national park.
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Visitors love going on sailing holidays in the British Virgin Islands. Tortola and the surrounding region offers excellent weather and calm seas, making for smooth sailing in this haven for sailors. Air temperatures in the high 20s to 30s are common even in the springtime, and waves below a metre are normal around Tortola. February and March are the driest months of the year, and the currents here are virtually non-existent. Trade winds blow at a steady 10 to 20 knots.
The weather is warm year-round and drier towards the beginning of the year with the months between January and May being the best time to visit.
The area is naturally well provisioned for mooring, with anchorages also available at many of the more popular stopping points. If heading to Cooper Island, be aware that you’ll usually need to moor. At Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke, you’ll need to anchor. Apart from these, you’ll usually find the choice of buoys or anchoring available on sandy bottoms. If you’d prefer to sit back and take in the surroundings without sailing yourself, you’ll have the option of booking skippered sailing holidays in Tortola with Zizoo.
The area is naturally well provisioned for mooring, with anchorages also available at many of the more popular stopping points.