Island Hopping: Tortola, BVI

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Tortola beckons travelers with promises of pristine beaches, azure waters, and breathtaking vistas. My recent island hopping escapade in the British Virgin Islands offered a tantalizing glimpse into the allure of this tropical paradise.

Before indulging in the allure of Tortola’s renowned beaches, I embarked on a journey to the summit of Mount Sage. The ascent offered a breathtaking panorama of the island and its neighboring islands, including the enchanting Jost Van Dyke, the tranquil Virgin Gorda, and the elusive Anegada & St. Croix and other uninhabited islands. From this elevated perch, I marveled at the splendor of both the British and US Virgin Islands. 

Upon descending from the heights of Mount Sage, I eagerly made my way to one of Tortola’s crown jewels: Cane Garden Beach. As the island’s most popular beach destination, it beckoned with its pristine sands and crystalline waters. Despite the bustling crowds, I found solace in the embrace of the sea, spending blissful hours swimming and soaking up the Caribbean sun.

Part of the reason why I wanted to go to Tortola was to see the legendary Baths of Virgin Gorda. My spontaneous spirit led to missed opportunities, as I failed to plan ahead and catch the ferry departing for Virgin Gorda. Despite the setback, I heard tales of disappointment from fellow travelers who encountered rough waters, thwarting their plans to traverse the magnificent boulders and capture stunning photographs. 

Embracing the unexpected turn of events, I seized the opportunity to delve deeper into Tortola's local culture. From sampling delectable Caribbean cuisine (corn on the cob covered in butter & coconut cream) to immersing myself in the vibrant rhythms of island music, and watching local fishermen at work and exploring areas transformed by Hurricane Irma. Engaging with the friendly locals offered me insights into their way of life, enriching my travel experience in ways I had never imagined.

As I bid farewell to Tortola, a sense of anticipation lingered in the air, fueled by the promise of future adventures and untold discoveries. Though my journey may have taken an unexpected turn, it only deepened my appreciation for the wonders of this enchanting island. I know I will be back to explore Virgin Gorda and its iconic baths.  Until then, I carry the spirit of the Caribbean with me, a cherished reminder of the island hopping adventures that await on the horizon. 


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NOTE:  All photos by the author.



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