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Mini Trip Guide to Tortola

Brooke Slezak The spa pool at Little Dix Bay

Photo: Brooke Slezak

Home to the islands' main airport, Tortola used to be nothing more than a way station for travelers en route to other islands. Now it's worthy of a day trip (or more), thanks to the emerging shopping and food scenes.

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Destinations: Tortola

Inspired by: British Virgin Islands Reborn — by Laura Begley Bloom, Published Mar. 2006

Hotels (1)

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    Sugar Mill Hotel

    Owned by longtime food and travel writers Jefferson and Jinx Morgan since 1982, the Sugar Mill Hotel is one of Tortola’s best hotels. Built in 1640... More

Restaurants (4)

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    Drakes Point

    This restaurant, once a a training ground for New England Culinary Institute students, continues to impress with its bountiful lunch and dinner m

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    Eclipse

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    Fat Cat Thai Restaurant

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    Dove Restaurant & Wine Bar

Activities (6)

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    Fireball Full Moon Party

    Insider head to this more obscue full-moon party hosted by the Trellis Bay Cyber Café and Aragorn's Studio. Expect the BVI's own fungi-style music,

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    Aragorn's Studio

    Under the watch of Tortola-born coppersmith Aragorn Dick-Read, Aragorn's Studio has grown from an art gallery into a burgeoning collective, where c

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    Bamboushay

    Eldred Williams and David Archer sell hand-glazed lanterns and bowls at Bamboushay, a colorful wooden cottage just outside town.

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    Cantik Interiors

    Christina Washburn's Cantik Interiors also caters to the home. Best find: diaphanous shell-embedded curtains.

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    Hucksters

    In the Old Customs House, interior decorator Jillian Dunlop runs Hucksters, a well-edited housewares boutique.

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    Road Town Bakery

Similar Trips (2)

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  • Cruising the British Virgin Islands

    Peter Island, British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, White Bay

    Along this archipelago of 60 islands—most of them deserted—you can rent a yacht and drift away from civilization. Sleep under the stars; anchor off an empty islet and hunt for conch shells; stop at

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  • Sailboat Charter and Spa in the British Virgin Islands

    St. John, British Virgin Islands, Tortola, White Bay

    In less than a week you can hike Mount Sage on Tortola, snorkel in Virgin Gorda's Baths, and sip a rum punch at Jost Van Dyke Island's Soggy Dollar bar.—then find your land legs at Caneel Bay Resor

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