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The island of Tortola is the government and commercial center of the British Virgin Islands.   Most of the population of the British Virgin Islands lives on Tortola. 
Tortola is mountainous, and there are steep slopes that run close to the south and north shores.  The main town (Road Town) is located by the south shore, while the north has popular beach resorts backed by looming mountains.  One popular areas is Cane Garden Bay.

Tortola is known as a great place to rent or charter boats, and the sailing conditions around the British Virgin Islands are often ideal.

Travel Tips from people who've been to Tortola
Since this is the island under British goverment british laws apply! It effected me when I tried to smoke in a restaurant because smoking is not allowed in any public place except the streets. There is nothing to do downtown. You can walk around but there is nothing interesting to find except few restaurants, international food shops and things like that. People seem to be bored and they are not very friendly or talkative. I couldn' t realize what's their problem. If you want to relax go to the beach on other side of the Island because Tortola has probably the nicest beaches in the Caribbean. However I wouldn't recommend this island to the people willing to party unless you come with a group of friends. In that case the place doesn't metter at all!
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Do not forget to visit the Pussers Rum shop. Lots of gifts and bottles of rum.
Pussers Rum is the original rum supplied to the British Admiralty for hundred+ years. Still made the same way.
A legend of Rums.
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Public transportation is non-existant and taxis are expensive.  In small groups (1-3 people), hitchiking is reletively easy, but if you get stuck walking the terrain is hilly with very steep gradients.
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