There’s only one time zone that matters on this small member of the British Virgin Islands: “island time.” The proof is in the island’s biggest community, Road Town, where the hands of the central square’s clock may move occasionally, but where they point is of little concern. Small as it is at only 21 square miles, its appeal is great both among cruisers, both the independent sailors who have made it the charter boat capital of the Caribbean busy, and of the large ships that tie up at the dock.

Among the vacationers that stop in Tortola are passengers of gay-themed cruises. This traditionally more tolerant island’s local laws against homosexuality were repealed as long ago as 2001, and you’ll find visitors intermingled in its watering holes and enjoying the popular Painkiller at entertainment venues throughout.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • No LGBT community to speak of due to a tiny population

Featured Resorts:

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina


Explore Scrub Island with three private beaches, 52 luxurious guest rooms and suites that exude Caribbean charm, fine and casual dining, Ixora Spa, multi-level swimming pool, boutique and dive shop, 24-hour fitness center, hiking trail, watersports activities, snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing options.

Long Bay Beach Club


A deluxe resort located on its own secluded mile-long, exquisite white sand beach. Long Bay Beach Club is located in Tortola, the main island in the British Virgin Islands. It is located towards the scenic west end of the island, about twelve miles from the airport and six miles from the main town, Road Town. The resort has developed gradually over 30 years and is acclaimed worldwide for its secluded and commanding beach location.

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