Bespoke holidays and honeymoons to British Virgin Islands.
The British Virgin Islands are a group of 60 islands, rocks and cays grouped around Sir Francis Drake Channel – north of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico. The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke – about a third of the islands are uninhabited. There are several private islands with luxury villas and lodges which you can book for an exclusive British Virgin Islands holiday.
These islands have a high standard of living and a low key atmosphere with few of the hassles associated with some other Caribbean destinations. This was once a popular hideout for pirates and still attracts sea-faring folk from far away, the calm and peaceful waters here offer some of the best sailing conditions in the world. The islands are high points on a vast underwater plateau which stretches across the north Caribbean. There is fabulous visibility for diving and snorkelling and operations here are extremely conservation minded. The moorings at popular dive sites are maintained by the National Parks Trust and Ministry of Natural Resources which protects the reef areas and marine life.
Tortola is the largest island, and its capital, Road Town, is home to 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. Apple Bay on Tortola is party central and Bomba hosts a famous Full Moon Party here with music and dancing through the night.
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 snorkelling. Jost Van Dyke thrives on its waterside reputation for festivity and provides excellent protected anchorages for yachts. 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, this island also has long stretches of deserted sandy beaches and the Anegada Lobster is rates amongst the best in the Caribbean! 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 snorkeling 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. Many islands are rich with indigenous wildlife including red-legged tortoises and Anegada iguanas.
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. Game fishing is popular, and surfers gather each day off Tortola’s Apple Bay looking for one of the Caribbean’s best rides. Year round trade winds here mean there is great windsurfing and kite boarding. Hikers enjoy walking the Ridge Road to Sage Mountain, a 92-acre national park.
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