Apr 11, 2010

Soule Restaurant's Spotlight on Tortola

Tortola is the largest and most populated island amongst the British Virgin Isles.

The people are of African, Caribbean and British influence, reflected in the island’s cuisine; from curry chicken roti to Johnny cakes.

Tortola natives are known to be very warm and friendly, and the relaxed atmosphere serves to provide a paradisiacal feel that is missing on some islands due to urbanization.

Mountains fraught with frangipani and ginger line Tortola’s southern coast, while the northern coast boasts beautiful white sand beaches with mango and banana groves amidst palm trees.

Sailing is a very popular pastime in Tortola, and Sage Mountain National Park is a must-see while visiting.

Picnic while overlooking its neighboring cays; explore traces of its primeval rainforest.

The classic Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is said to have been set in Norman Isle, which lies directly across from Tortola. Once a haven for pirates, the island is now deserted, but you can row to the southernmost cave of the island where Stevenson’s Mr. Fleming stowed his precious treasure and explore.

Tortola is also home to beautiful coral reefs with spectacular tropical fish and other creatures.

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