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Travelers are drawn to the British Virgin Islands (BVI for short) for many reasons such as the 50-plus islands and luxury resorts and villas. It’s also known as a low-key destination. Why? Because it has some of the most exclusive and undeveloped islands off the Caribbean. In fact, tourists will take a ferry boat from the U.S. Virgin Islands or Anguilla and stay a day or two before heading back. Doesn’t that sound amazing? We think so. Read on to learn about the top British Virgin Islands and imagine yourself exploring one or more of them.
These Are the Top British Virgin Islands to Visit
Anegada, known as the “Drowned Island,” is about 14 miles north of Virgin Gorda and the only coral island. The reef is a nightmare for sailors because it rises no more than 28 feet above sea level. But you won’t have a problem discovering this island paradise since you’ll be snorkeling in the waters around Loblolly Bay on the north shore. Or simply float in shallow water and observe a coral formation and colorful fish swimming. For those who enjoy bird watching, you’ll find plenty of pink flamingos in the area as they flock to Anegada’s salt ponds. If you like to fish, you’ll find that most captains take visitors bonefishing or sportfishing. Secluded sandy, white beaches and warm waters. What more could you ask for!
Jost Van Dyke
Have fun discovering Jost Van Dyke, after all it was named after an early Dutch settler and former pirate. Argh! The island has less than 300 inhabitants and is only four miles long. It’s been the home to Africans, Arawak Indians, the British, Caribs, and Dutch. Accommodations include cottages and villages, a campground, and resort. Keep in mind that most restaurants and shops only accept cash, so you’ll want to plan accordingly. And since there are many informal bars and restaurants, Jost Van Dyke has become known as the “party island.” However, the chiseled scenery and vibrant folklore will captivate you and beg you to stay.
Spanish for “Turtle Dove,” Tortola boasts 21 square miles and is home to 80 percent of the island’s residents. Road Town, the capital city of the British Virgin Islands, can be found on Tortola’s central east coast. However, you most likely won’t stay here as travelers head to Cane Garden Bay or Brewer’s Bay. Rest assured that you’ll have plenty to do and see. For example, you may want to explore Sage Mountain National Park. At 1,716 feet, it will satisfy your need for outdoor adventure since it demonstrates the traits of a tropical rainforest. Go to Beef Island on the eastern tip and check out Trellis Bay with its craft shops, restaurants, and cultural village. If you’re looking to buy unique souvenirs, you may find them here.
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Virgin Gorda is east of Tortola and known as a quiet island home to more than 3,100 residents, excellent beaches, and The Baths, a group of huge granite boulders on the south coast. You’ll also find yacht clubs such as the exclusive Bitter End Yacht Club along with luxury resorts and villas, quiet coves, and safe anchorages. Hikers will enjoy discovering Virgin Gorda Peak and Copper Mine National Park. For shopping, head to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and buy yourself or loved ones tropical clothing.
Travel to the British Virgin Islands and Experience the Good Life
Now that you know the top British Virgin Islands to visit, you’ll want to start planning for your vacation right now. Most travel between September and November because the temperatures stay in the 60s and 70s. If you like to dive, conditions will be excellent compared to the summer when they decline. Keep in mind that you may also want to visit BVI in the winter because it’s a great place to ring in the New Year.
Picture yourself vacationing in the British Virgin Islands. You’re dressed casually and stroll leisurely on
the beach. A gentle breeze caresses your cheek and sweeps through your hair. You take a deep breath and are amazed at the peacefulness that surrounds you. You’ve finally found an easy going vacation destination and don’t want to leave. The good news is that you can contact your Travel Planners International agent and ask him or her to extend your stay. Sound wonderful? We think so.
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer