Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands and thus boasts the largest offering of picturesque beaches, luxury hotels, villas, gourmet restaurants and a 200 year old rum distillery. It’s the epitome of exclusivity, yet the true beauty of Tortola lies beyond all of this. A mountainous island that’s densely forested, head away from the vibrant waters and its dolphins, and up into the hills where you will fall victim to the charms of Tortola’s national parks instead. They will steal your heart and leave you with many a precious keepsake to return to.
Sage Mountain National Park lies just south west of the capital of Road Town. Covering around 96 acres, this mass of greenery decorates Sage Mountain; the highest point in the Virgin Islands. Clamber through a forest that has not changed since the explorations of Christopher Columbus, absorbing the beauty of local fauna and passing beneath hanging vines and thick, colorful canopies. Thrill-seekers can get a heightened perspective as they zip through tree tops on the islands Virgin Canopy Tour – or simply get lost in a Jurassic age as you explore the landscape by foot until you reach a viewing point. Here, a panoramic view over Tortola and the islands beyond will stop you in your tracks.
A view that will literally sparkle in the sunlight; it is this moment of clarity, this snapshot, that will be your keepsake. Whether you take a photograph or simply memorize the shimmering waters, the miniature yachts and the softly waving trees, this view, this image, is one of the most beautiful keepsakes the world could ever provide.