The Caribbean island of Tortola is the largest of the over 50 British Virgin Islands, only 15 of which are inhabited. Tortola is a British Overseas Territory, which means U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as proof of a return ticket. The currency, however, is the U.S. dollar. Driving is done on the left side of the road.
Tortola is a mountainous island formed by volcanic activity. Mount Sage has the highest elevation on the island at over 1,700 feet. The best beaches are to be found on the northern shore. Rich marine life will delight snorkelers and divers, hikers find their fun in national parks and a botanical garden, and art lovers will marvel at the colorful street art and the ateliers of local painters.