British Virgin Islands
he British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean, but this only adds to their appeal. The resorts, villas, restaurants and other tourist attractions in this paradise are known to emphasize spare luxury over sprawling expansion, and they attract travelers with deep pockets and a love for sailing and seclusion.
Many travelers who visit come by ferry boat from another Caribbean isle, especially as some find opulent exile too hard to enjoy for longer than a day or two. And some say it’s better to split your time between here, the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands and Anguilla to the east.
The British Virgin Islands comprise 60+ islands and keys, with more than 43 of them being uninhabited islands.
The islands fall into two types: the majority are steep volcanic islands (including the main islands, Tortola and Virgin Gorda), and a small number of relatively flat coral islands (such as Anegada and Sandy Spit).
In fact, Anegada is referred to as “the drowned island” because its elevation is so low. Many people miss it altogether until they sail close to it. The highest point is Sage Mountain on Tortola.
A must to do in the British Virgin Islands
• Go water-skiing in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
• Dive at the impressive Rhone National Marine Park
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the legendary Old Year’s Night at Foxy’s Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke
• Snorkel at Anegada Island’s Loblolly Bay Beach
• Explore Sage Mountain National Park in Tortola
When to Go to the British Virgin Islands
Most visitors travel to the British Virgin Islands between September and November, but winter is still a great time to visit, too –New Year’s is a particularly popular holiday for many travelers.
Skies are sunny, and temperatures stay between the 60s and 70s, plus diving conditions are excellent and remain that way until the spring.
Underwater visibility declines during the summer, though, so keep that in mind if you plan to dive or snorkel.