The Complete Guide to a Tortola Honeymoon for Pure Island Bliss
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The largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is packed with things to do, see, and experience–especially for newlyweds. Luxury travelers will find plush accommodation options, adventure travelers will discover endless outdoor activities, and beachgoers will swoon over the island's crystalline waters. A Tortola honeymoon embodies the classic, romantic beach vacation.
It's worth noting, though, for all Tortola offers, it is a little difficult getting there. For most travelers, the easiest option is to simply fly into the US Virgin Islands and then ferry into Tortola. Flights to the US Virgin Islands are more abundant and more affordable; plus, if you fly in and out of St. Thomas (another popular honeymoon destination), you can extend your honeymoon for an alternative island experience. To get started on planning a Tortola honeymoon, here's what you need to know about the destination.
Is Tortola Good for a Honeymoon?
The Pros of a Tortola Honeymoon
Couples will love having so much of the island all to themselves while exploring the beach, hiking, diving, and visiting cultural sites. You can find it all (without crowds) on Tortola. "The powdery white sandy beaches, stunning turquoise waters and lush mountains in Tortola are a perfect backdrop for a honeymoon," says Tamara Lidbom of Anytime Travel Agency.
The Cons of a Tortola Honeymoon
As a whole, while the British Virgin Islands aren't super-touristy, there are occasions when crowds flock to the island. "Tortola is a popular cruise ship destination," says Lidbom. "So the beaches can get a little busy on port day, but there are plenty of hidden coves and beaches to explore." In other words, plan for visitors, but explore beyond the main beaches at that time.
Otherwise, the only real downside to a Tortola honeymoon is the cost. Some may find the British Virgin Islands are a little pricier than they might prefer. Additionally, there's the extra travel from the US Virgin Islands to take into consideration. However, some see the ferry ride as a true arrival moment and experience. If you want a direct flight to your honeymoon destination and a quick car ride to a resort, you might want to pick another Caribbean honeymoon destination.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Tortola Honeymoon for Good Weather
Naturally, couples will want the best weather conditions for their time on the island. Prime time to visit Tortola (or the British Virgin Islands as a whole) for good weather is in the winter or spring. December arrives with bigger crowds, but visiting in either winter or spring helps avoid hurricane season, which falls between June through November. Additionally, diving and swimming conditions are best during peak months and you won't see the larger amounts of precipitation that you might find in the fall.
Things to Do During a Tortola Honeymoon
Go for a Swim After a Hike
Spectacular beaches and inclined walks speak to active couples. "The best beaches are said to be on the northern shore. Cane Garden Bay Beach is said to be one of the best beaches in the Caribbean," says Lidbom. "If you enjoy hiking, Mount Sage is perfect, with 12 trails to choose from … As much as there is to do on land, couples who visit here usually like to explore the world underneath, [too]. There are over 300 dive sites here, with spectacular marine life."
Explore Road Town
Road Town, Tortola, is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Snaking its way around Road Harbour, the town is worth a thorough exploration. "The narrow, colorful Caribbean streets are lined with historical sites, local culture, cute little shops and local dining establishments to get your fill of Caribbean cuisine," says Lidbom.
Island Hop Across the British Virgin Islands
Broaden your honeymoon experience across the British Virgin Islands by island-hopping. "If you are staying in Tortola, take a day trip to see the Baths at Virgin Gorda. You can take the ferry from Tortola to Virgin Gorda and then take a cab to The Baths," says Lidbom. "If you can, no matter what island you are on, take a day trip to see another … It's hard to talk about just one of the British Virgin Islands, because they all seem to intertwine."
Best Hotels and Resorts on Tortola for a Honeymoon
While Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina isn't technically on Tortola, it is just over a mile off the coast, on (as you could likely guess) Scrub Island. This luxurious property offers spacious accommodations with large balconies and ocean views, but you can upgrade to a villa for even more amenities. The resort is home to a handful of restaurants. From the marina, you can book fishing excursions. The resort operates a private ferry launch to get you to and from Tortola (though a heliport is also available).
Situated on Tortola's Emerald Coast, The Sugar Mill Hotel is a boutique property on the footprint of a 400-year-old sugar mill. The hotel's all-inclusive option makes it a nice choice for those couples who want the easiest possible stay, with the most amenities and activities, for the least amount of planning on their end.
What to Pack for a Tortola Honeymoon
Pack all your typical honeymoon beach gear and beachwear, along with a range of outfits. You'll want more comfortable, adventure-ready clothing if you plan on hiking. You'll also want to bring some dressier (but still comfortable) outfits for dining, shopping and exploring the cultural sites. We recommend planning for all weather situations with layered outfits, as the evening hours can be on the cooler side. If you want to pack a carry-on only, check out our tips for packing light for your honeymoon.