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british virgin islands
Everywhere you go in the British Virgin Islands (also referred to as the BVI’S), the true Caribbean awaits you. It is the eastern extremity of the Greater Antilles, an archipelago of 60 plus islands, islets and cays, scattered over 575 square miles, and a region of great adventure, breathtaking scenery and crystal clear waters.
Whether you’re throwing out your jib sail and criss-crossing the Sir Francis Drake Channel, descending the depths to explore a century-old shipwreck, hooking in a world class marlin or simply soaking in the radiant sun and wide skies, the British Virgin Islands will reveal its secrets to you one at a time. From white sand beaches and welcoming turquoise waters to the friendly, warm –hearted people, the British Virgin Islands is one of the world’s best kept secrets.
Known internationally as a sailors’ paradise, the 60-plus islands of the British Virgin Islands also offer landlubbers all the charms of the natural Caribbean and few of the hassles.
A necklace of islands and cays strung along Sir Francis Drake Channel between Puerto Rico and St. Kitts, the BVIs have an unspoilt setting, a high standard of living and a low-key atmosphere. Many of the islands are rich with indigenous fauna, including red-legged tortoises and Anegada iguanas.
Tortola is the largest island, and its capital, Road Town, host’s governmental offices, banks, shops, a ferry service and an international cruise-ship dock. It’s also the main location for charter boats. The north shore of Tortola is peppered with coves and isolated beaches like Brewer’s Bay and Smuggler’s Cove. The more populous Cane Garden Bay offers many restaurants and bars. The hilly roadways make for a four-wheel-drive challenge but provide spectacular views.
Mountainous Virgin Gorda, with secluded beaches and natural attractions, is the site of the Baths, where monumental granite boulders dominate the beach, creating numerous tide pools and great snorkeling. Jost Van Dyke thrives on its waterside reputation for festivity and provides excellent protected anchorages for yachters. Out to the northeast, day trippers visit Anegada and 18-mile-long Horseshoe Reef - one of the world’s longest - to spend the day bird-watching and snorkelling.
Norman Island, supposedly the Treasure Island of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous story, has no inhabitants other than a couple of restaurants. Here, the Caves is a famous snorkelling spot; the Indians and Marina Cay are also popular.
Necker Island is privately owned by Sir Richard Branson, and largely undeveloped Peter Island hosts a resort that welcomes all for lunch and beaching. Guana Island is an officially designated wildlife sanctuary for species like the masked booby.
The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival is a seven-day event in April, attracting an average of 135 yachts. Divers explore the 200-odd shipwrecks, especially Rhone Marine Park near Salt Island, where the HMS Rhone sank in the 1860s.
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BVI's Useful Information:
- Time difference is -4 GMT
- Flying time 10¾ hours from London
- Flights are via Antigua or Barbados onto Tortola
- Terrance B Lettsome airport is 10 miles from the Capital road Town on Tortola
- Currency US Dollars widely accepted
- English is the official language
- Average summer temperature 90°f /Average winter temperature 85° F
- Dining - Most hotels and restaurants add a 15% service charge. Restaurants range in a wide variety of prices, locations and cuisine. Dress code is casual to elegantly casual, with gentlemen generally not required to wear a jacket and tie although long trousers may be required in the evening.
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