Tortola , like other Virgin Islands , is well endowed with a variety of private villas. While most of these are luxurious (and expensive), some can fit more modest budgets, especially during summer. Winter rates generally range $1,200–4,000 a week for one- to two-bedroom homes. In summer, rates drop, ranging $700–2,000.
Private villas are completely equipped homes: They have full kitchens, several bedrooms, entertainment centers, and water sports gear. Many have a private pool. Villas are a great choice for families or large groups, or for visitors who want independence and privacy.
The easiest way to find a private villa is to use a villa rental agency. These agencies represent dozens of villas, making it easy to find one that fits your needs. The best villa rental agencies on Tortola are Areana Villas (P.O. Box 263, Road Town, Tortola, 284/494-5864, www.areanavillas.com ) and Purple Pineapple Rental Management (284/495-3100, fax 305/723-0855, www.purplepineapple.com ).