Major Tourist Attractions: Virgin Gorda, Loblolly Bay, Horseshoe Reef, Flash of Beauty, Lambert Beach
Slow motion--that’s a good way to describe life in the British Virgin Islands, or often called the BVI. This slow pace of life, stunning beaches and blue water spread out over dozens of islands is why people return to the BVI year after year.
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. Only 15 of the islands are inhabited. This British territory is located at the very northern end of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. They are volcanic in origin, with the exception of Anegada which is a flat coral and limestone island.
Tortola is the main island in the BVI, its settlement of Road Town is the territory’s largest and also the seat for government. Most people arrive to the BVI through Tortola which does have an airport and is an occasional stop for some of the smaller cruise lines.
The British Virgin Islands are known for many things but sailing and beach bars always seem to be at the top of the list. With so many islands all located relatively close, the BVI is the perfect place to charter a boat and island hop the days away. There are many charter companies that offer boats for rent with or without a captain; it just depends on your sailing experience.
If relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and diving, exploring small villages, and washing away the day at a beach bar are your idea of a perfect vacation, then the BVI is a can’t miss.
Here is a list of activities that will keep you busy in the British Virgin Islands:
- Spend a day beach bar hopping on Jost Van Dyke. This small laid back island has a handful of very popular beach bars located in White Bay and Great Harbour.
- Take a sailing lesson at the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda.
- Experience a Full Moon party at the eclectic Bomba Shack beach bar on Tortola.
- Charter a catamaran and spend a week sailing between all the British Virgin Islands.
- Explore the huge rock formations known as The Baths on Virgin Gorda.
- Visit the often forgotten Anegada and relax on it’s secluded beaches. A stop at the Cow Wreck Beach Bar is also recommended.
- Dive the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a mail ship that sunk during a hurricane in 1867.
- Snorkel the Indians, regarded as one of the best shallow dives in the BVIs.
- Spend a day relaxing on Cane Garden Bay, a popular beach on Tortola.
- Snorkel the caves on Norman Island.
Address: Wildey Business Park
St. Michael BB 14006