British Virgin Islands Holidays
British Virgin Islands or BVI as they are often referred as, is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. British Virgin Islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the other islands in the archipelago form the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. The official name is just the “Virgin Islands”, but the prefix “British” is used to distinguish it from the neighbouring American counterpart. The British Virgin Islands comprise the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with more than 50 smaller islands and cays. Around 15 of these islands are inhabited.
Tortola is the biggest of the British Virgin Islands, 12 miles long and 3 miles wide. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a rugged landscape. The exception is Anegada, which is a flat island made up of limestone and coral. The British Virgin Islands has a tropical climate, tamed by trade winds. Temperatures change little through the year. The capital city, Road Town has daily temperatures of around 32 °C (89.6 °F) in the summer and 29 °C (84.2 °F) in the winter time.
Each of the islands has its own unique beauty, character and legends.
Tortola – The capital island of the British Virgin Islands. The attractive and quaint island of Tortola offers pristine white sandy beaches, lush green mountains, ancient ruins and sheltered yacht filled harbours. You can go fishing, scuba dive and enjoy other water sports from the beach’s many well equipped amenities. Make sure you try one of the local specialties, Rum Cake, This is where the past of the West Indies meets the present day British Virgin Islands.
Virgin Gorda – Here is where you will find a richness of Natural beauty. The island seduces travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts. The 3rd largest of the British Virgin Islands, which is eight and a half square miles. Walk along the indigenous plant lined trails, nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of the protected national parks. Great for a day trip, ferries run regularly between neighbouring Tortola’s Road Town and Spanish Town.
Anegada – referred to as the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain. Measuring 11 miles by three miles, the tallest point is just eight and a half metres above sea level. Stunning coral reefs surround the island, including the Eastern Caribbean’s 3rd largest continuous reef, Horseshoe Reef. This island is wonderful for diving and snorkeling. Clear springs from coral beds support a variety of wildlife special to the British Virgin Islands, these include loblolly, frangipani, turpentine trees, feathery sea lavender and wild orchids. On the nature trail at Bones Bight, try and catch sight of the rare rock iguanas, native to Anegada, or come across the exotic birds found at Nutmeg Point. Anegada is the island for Kite-boarding, Sailing, Wind-surfing, Fishing and much more.
Jost Van Dyke – Named after an early Dutch settler and pirate, with rugged landscape and colourful folklore. With less than 300 inhabitants, this small island is just four miles by three miles, with the tallest point at 321 metres. It has been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and the British. On this island you can explore plant covered sugar mill ruins, old trails that crisscross the island and the East End’s natural sea formed Jacuzzi, or watch whales and dolphins. You can also relax and enjoy pristine beaches sheltered with coconut palms at Great Harbour, Little Harbour and White Bay.
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