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Tortola

Tortola

Tortola is one of the British Virgin Islands. These are a group of fifty islands found east of Puerto Rico between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. They form part of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, a dependency of the United Kingdom. Tortola is one of sixteen inhabited islands in this chain, situated between Virgin Gorda to the east and Jost Van Dyke Island to the west. Tortola was sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493, but wasn’t settled until 1648 by the Dutch. It was ceded to the UK in 1666. Small in area, only 59 square [...]

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda, the largest island in the British Virgin Islands is sometimes known as The Fat Virgin. Columbus is said to have named the area this because the outline of the island resembles a large woman lying on her back. Few are sure how he was able to see the outline of the island as air travel was hundreds of years in the future but that is the story none the less. The main attraction of Virgin Gorda is the area known as The Baths where large boulders make grottoes that allow the sea to rush in and form pools. [...]