Photo Diary of Tortola, British Virgin Islands

bee on tropical flower in Tortola

Tortola in the British Virgin Islands was like a ghost town when the cruise ship arrived here on a Sunday. Aside from numerous tour guides enticing people to head for the beach, the streets were pretty much empty and almost everywhere was shut.

Rather than sunning ourselves on a stunning stretch of sand, which I’m sure would have been amazing, we didn’t really have much time and so decided to visit the island’s beautiful J.R. O’Neal Botanical Gardens and have a general wander around to get a feel for the place. Here’s a photo diary from my half day on this Caribbean island:

 

lily pads in tortola

tortola, british virgin islands

Lizard in tortola, british virgin islands

dragonfly in tortola, british virgin islands

lovebirds in tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

tortola, british virgin islands

 

Have you been to Tortola?  Do you like these photos?

 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. July 25, 2013 / 21:56

    My hubby and I visited Tortola for one week 26 years ago and loved it. We returned for a day on a cruise stop 20 years later and found it hadn’r changed much. It is a winderful spot and we hope to return again. Thanks for the great photos and wonderful memories.

    • July 31, 2013 / 22:20

      Hi Darlene, it must have been nice having a whole week to explore. I know it’s easy to hop over to other islands for the day from here as well!

    • July 31, 2013 / 22:18

      Thanks Fernando, it certainly was a beaut!

    • July 31, 2013 / 22:17

      Thanks Cathy, the pimp boat was funny. I can only imagine what the owner is like!

  2. August 1, 2013 / 22:58

    Fantastic and diverse selection of images! Your images give the impression of Tortola as a fabulous destination and inspire curiosity and the desire to explore the island and it’s culture in greater depth.
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    • August 16, 2013 / 22:43

      Wow, thanks!

    • August 16, 2013 / 22:35

      Aww thank you, thank you!

  3. August 7, 2013 / 21:16

    Over ten years ago I had a cruise out of Tortula planned and a flight booked to get there. That was about the time I developed an intense fear of flight that would last nearly 10 years. I keep seeing the name occasionally in books, posts and Pirate Movies. I always remember it. In the end, I did take a cruise to the Bahamas which didn’t require flying for me.
    Your pictures are truly beautiful. I kind of wish I still had some of mine from that time, but they are all on film and currently on the wrong side of an ocean. Your pictures certainly remind me of some of mine from then. Especially the guy under the tree.
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    • August 16, 2013 / 22:30

      Being scared of flying must be awful when you love to travel so much. I don’t like flying, but it’s not a true fear. Do they not have any Tortola cruises you can take to avoid flying? I know there was an option for us to sail to the Caribbean for a week, but we opted to fly into Barbados. St Vincent is another great island where pirate films have been made.