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From zip-lining through the jungle to parasailing over the Caribbean Sea, thrilling adventure activities await around every corner in the British Virgin Islands.

About The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a beautiful and popular holiday destination in the Caribbean, known for white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and excellent sailing.

Whether you're looking for a luxury getaway or a budget-friendly adventure, the BVI are definitely worth considering for your next Caribbean vacation.

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A dependency of the United Kingdom, the British Virgin Islands consist of 36 islands east of Puerto Rico, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; of which 16 are inhabited.

Christopher Columbus visited the islands in 1493.

BVI Overview

 The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean Sea.

The archipelago consists of 60 islands, islets, and cays, with the main islands being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.


The economy of the British Virgin Islands is heavily dependent on tourism and financial services, with many offshore companies having their headquarters there.

Language and Culture

The official language of the BVI is English, and the local currency is the US dollar.

BVI culture is a mix of African, European, and Caribbean influences, and it is known for its vibrant music, food, and festivals.


The BVI has a population of around 35,000 people, with the majority of the population living on Tortola.

Popular Attractions

Some of the popular attractions in the British Virgin Islands include the Baths on Virgin Gorda, the Norman Island Caves, and the Wreck of the Rhone.

The BVI is also a popular destination for sailing and yachting, with many visitors exploring the islands by boat.

Visiting The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) offer a unique blend of Caribbean charm, natural beauty, and British heritage, making it a popular destination for travellers seeking a tropical getaway.

The British Virgin Islands are known for their beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, with excellent sailing and diving opportunities.

Visit BVI

If you are planning to visit the British Virgin Islands, here are some things for you to think about.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is between November and April, when the weather is dry and pleasant.

BVI Island Hopping

With over 60 islands to explore, island hopping is a popular activity in the British Virgin Islands.

You can take a ferry or charter a boat to visit the different islands.

BVI Sailing

The islands are known for their excellent sailing opportunities, and you can rent a boat or take a sailing tour to explore the surrounding waters.

Diving and Snorkeling

The British Virgin Islands are home to many excellent dive sites, including the wreck of the RMS Rhone, which is a popular dive spot.

Enjoy The Beaches

The British Virgin Islands are home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, such as Cane Garden Bay Beach, White Bay Beach, and Smuggler's Cove Beach.

Main Islands

The main islands are Tortola (the largest), Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Peter Island and Salt Island.

The capital and port of entry to the British Virgin Islands is Road Town; situated on the south-eastern coast of Tortola.

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Map of Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

The islands were first inhabited by the Arawak Indians and then by the more fierce Carib tribes.

The Dutch settled on the islands in 1648 and they were acquired by England in 1666.

National Parks

The British Virgin Islands have several national parks, including the Gorda Peak National Park, which offers hiking trails and stunning views.

Popular Tourist Destination

The British Virgin Islands is a popular tourist destination for those seeking a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean.

BVI Tourism

BVI Tourism - The archipelago of the British Virgin Islands is one of the most beautiful collections of isles and cays anywhere in the world. BVI is a British overseas territory.

The British Virgin Islands Welcome Guide is published bi-monthly and is distributed to all visitors to the British Virgin Islands. This colourful magazine-format publication contains comprehensive information on accommodations, sailing, transportation, places to go, shopping and dining, as well as lively features on island events, people, places and history.

BVI Transportation

Flying to the British Virgin Islands

Air Sunshine operates scheduled flights between Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands.

With up to 100 flights a day in Puerto Rico, the USVI, West Indies, and the BVI, you have the flexibility to fly when you want to, and easily connect with major carriers through Cape Air.

Fly BVI Caribbean Air Charter provides on-demand private air charter services throughout the Caribbean, specializing in travel to and from the British Virgin Islands.

Driving in British Virgin Islands

You must be 25 years old to rent a car in the BVI and there is a $20 cash departure tax at the airport or $5 at the ferry boat.

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands is truly a sailors' paradise!

In recent years, the British Virgin Islands have become the most desired yacht charter destination in the world.

There are over 60 islands and Cays to explore, steady trade winds, crystal clear waters and an abundance of sunshine.

Most charter companies are based in Tortola, the capital of the BVI. There are no direct flights from the main land, but Tortola is easily reachable from St. Thomas by air or by ferry and by air from St. Martin, St. Kitts, Antigua or Puerto Rico.

Part of the reason that the BVI Tourist Board uses the slogan, 'Nature's Little Secrets' is because there are no jumbo jets arriving by the hour as at other Caribbean destinations.

The islands are not overrun with tourists, there are no hotel or restaurant chains and you won't find anyone hawking their wares while you are trying to relax on the beach!

When selecting where to stay, you will have a choice of several luxury resorts, a couple dozen hotels, several small inns, and many individual villas for rent.

Of course, you may also choose a floating vacation, in which case there are more than 800 sail and power yachts to choose from!

The British Virgin Islands cater to the discerning traveller who enjoys spectacular scenery, outstanding beaches, the best sailing territory in the world, great food and most importantly, peace and quiet.

The British Virgin Islands are exactly what most people imagine in their minds' eye when they dream of a Caribbean vacation:

Magnificent, (uncrowded) white sand beaches, shimmering, aquamarine waters, swaying palm trees, gentle trade winds, your sweetheart's hand in yours and a Pina Colada in the other.

It doesn't get any better than the BVI.

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