The British Virgin Islands are a nautical enthusiast’s dream. This group of 50 perfect islands offers a big slice of paradise to travelers who like the thrills and spills that come associated with unexplored under water territories, famous shipwrecks, fragile world of the corals, and the ruggedness of mountainous landscapes. For those who prefer to simply watch, whale watching and dolphin spotting are apt ways to bring on the excitement.
Soft fine sand, gentle blue-green waters and secluded bays are the stuff that beach dreams are made of. Of course, at the BVIs these come to life, but at a cost. An expensive holiday destination, the islands are hugely popular despite the steep price tag associated with them.
A mariner’s paradise, the BVIs main island is the Tortola, a commercial hub and has the most inhabitants, some of the best beaches like Anegada – an atoll just above sea level and surrounded by the Horseshoe Reef, Long Bay Beach, Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay and Apple Bay. Tortola’s Road Town with museums, shops and cafes is also popular with tourists. A climb to the top of the Sage Mountain with height of 1, 7800 ft, also in Tortola offers sweeping views of the island below.
Virgin Gorda, the 2nd largest island in the BVIs archipelago, is all about beauty and exclusivity. Despite being loved by millionaires and Hollywood biggies for her hot and sultry beaches like the Baths, this island has not lost her innocence and has some valuable national parks and the old copper mine, which is a must-visit for history lovers.
Jost Van Dyke, the 3rd largest island, is a place with large personality. It is a paradise for adventurers and has a history of piracy, colonialism, and free-spirited sailors. Jost Van Dyke has some amazingly pristine beaches, and rolling hills, but the beach bars take the cake. Unfortunately accommodation is hard to find here especially from September to October.
If you want to part late into the night, you’ll have to wait for a full moon, since Full Moon parties are a rage and the best places for them in Tortola are Trellis Bay, Bomba’s Shack, and Bat Cave on Road Town is the best discotheque. Reggae, calypso and steel-drum music can also be enjoyed in many places on weekends.
Most of the other islands are uninhabited and don’t have tourists exploring them. But they can be a temptation to many – are you one of them?