The British Virgin Islands are comprised of over sixty islands and cays and unique geological structures, floating in the azure waters of the northern Caribbean Sea.
They beckon travelers with their stunning natural beauty, eclectic shops, and unique restaurants. You can find everything from blissful accommodations to quirky, one of a kind, fun things to do that draw visitors to return year after year.
The many ways to experience the BVI range from world class luxury resorts to charming small hotels, villas, charter yachts and camping, each with an appropriate price tag. A truly elite playground can be found at Sir Richard Branson’s fabulous Necker Island with accommodations for just two dozen lucky souls. Over the years the island has attracted such notables as Princess Diana and other royals, plus high- and low-profile members of the international set.
Virgin Gorda is home to The Baths, a sandy cove ringed with house-sized granite boulders left by the last ice-age that frame turquoise sea grottos, hidden pools and secret passages. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Top of the Baths restaurant for a gorgeous view and a refreshing dip in the restaurants’s pool. On the menu, you’ll find Caribbean dishes like stewed oxtail and traditional American fare. At the adjacent Caribbean Flavor shop there’s handcrafted art, jewelry, spices, shells and great island clothing.
One of the world’s best diving areas, the BVI abounds in underwater attractions with beach and boat dives to spectacular reefs, wrecks, walls and caves. One of the most popular dives is the wreck of the HMS Rhone, a British Royal Mail steamship that went down off Salt Island in the hurricane of 1867. The ship is still reasonably intact and very beautiful.
Partying is another specialty; the British Virgin Islands are chock full of guaranteed good-time places. You may have heard tales of New Year’s Eve celebrations at Foxy’s beach bar, or sodden afternoons at the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke.