Tortuga (French: Île de la Tortue) is an island just north of Haiti.
The island was named "tortuga" (Spanish for turtle) by Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island in the mid-1400s. It soon after became a haven for pirates. It fell outside the jurisdiction of the East India Trade Company and Royal Navy, so anarchy and unruliness became the norm. It was featured in the modern-day film, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Unfortunately, the island has not departed from it's old pirate days. It is still known as a hotspot for smuggling to America, and a number of drug lords live in huge mansions overlooking the ocean.
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There are boats from nearby Port-de-Paix to Basse-Terre, a coastal fishing port on the island. Transport is then possible to the nearby local capital.
 Get around
There's no public transport. You'll have to rely on locals. Some towns along the coast have no road connections, and you will need to travel there by boat.
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The island has pristine beaches, which you will probably have all to yourself. Along with this, there are a few public buildings including churches and a school.
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The tourist industry has not been developed, so there is no accommodation on the island. Instead, seek hotels on the mainland at Port-de-Paix.
There is pretty much no electricity on the island. Don't expect phone reception or internet.
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