Destination guide

Road Town: colorfully Caribbean

It might lack somewhat on attractions, but Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is charming nonetheless. Colorful little Caribbean houses still outnumber any overdeveloped resorts and though Tortola is the largest island on the archipelago, the port which brings in just the occasional cruise ship is surprisingly low-key. The center of the town wraps around a horseshoe harbor, which provides a safe place for bobbing yachts and a good place to nab a Road Town vacation rental if you can. It's a great introduction to island life and well worth at least a few days' discovery.

Things to do

Rare orchids and lily ponds in Road Town

There are several notable landmarks you should make some time for when you stay in a Road Town vacation rental. In the heart of town, the Old Government House Museum is a favorite for people passing through, as is the Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, which once produced lime, cotton and sugar for more than 2 centuries, until its closure in the 1940s. If botany's your thing, you won't want to miss an amble through J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, named after a British conservationist. It's an oasis packed with tropical flora, lily ponds and pergolas.


See Road Town from air and sea

If you've got deep pockets, the best introduction to the island is a pleasure flight on a helicopter, to take it all in from above. If that sounds a little wallet-busting, you could always hop aboard one of the daily catamaran departures which cruise along the sunny Tortola coast. Ever fancied learning to sail yourself? There are few better places to learn how to hoist the main sail. Alternatively, when you stay at a Road Town vacation rental, you can tick off that all-important bucket list activity: swimming with wild dolphins. Close off any day of adventure with a dinner of barbecued spiny lobster. Bliss.


Say goodbye to winter in Road Town

Winter brings the biggest influx of crowds, flying into the British Virgin Islands to bag Road Town vacation rentals or settling in for a week on the island's sandy shores. Some forward planning is even more important if you want to swap our Christmas and New Year for some fun in the sun. If you're a yachtie, there's no better time than March, when the islands host the annual NVI Spring Regatta. If you're looking to save a few bucks, try to slip in between September and November, when the crowds are less busy, as rentals have yet to jack up their prices for high season.

Natural features

Eagle rays and nurse sharks in Road Town

One of the biggest draws to a stay in the British Virgin Islands is the abundance of sea life. While sea turtles are, sadly, critically endangered in many places around the world, in these waters they seem to thrive and it's unlikely you'll return from a morning dive without having glimpsed at least a few. It is, of course, impossible to list every species that lurks below the Caribbean waters, but highlights include eagle rays, spiny lobsters and harmless nurse sharks. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a goliath grouper, which could easily be bigger than you.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Road Town

Fly into Tortola (EIS-Terrance B. Lettsome Intl.), the closest airport, located 6 mi (9.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Spanish Town (VIJ-Virgin Gorda), which is 13.1 mi (21 km) away.

Where to stay around Road Town?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 161 vacation rentals near Road Town. From 29 Houses to 7 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Road Town for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Road Town?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Road Town:

  • Wickhams Cay 1: 16 vacation rentals
  • Botanic Station: 16 vacation rentals
  • Waterfront: 19 vacation rentals
  • Horsepath: 22 vacation rentals
  • Cocodella: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Road Town?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Road Town. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Virgin Islands Folk Museum: 216 vacation rentals
  • Tortola Cruise Ship Port: 230 vacation rentals
  • JR O’Neal Botanic Gardens: 216 vacation rentals
  • St. George’s Anglican Church: 216 vacation rentals
  • Government House: 217 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Road Town listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Road Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 29 Houses in Road Town. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Road Town include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 7 rentals available
  • Villas: 84 rentals available
  • Cabins: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Road Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 87 vacation rentals with pool available in Road Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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