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The British Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands are the most popular sailing destinations in the Caribbean, with the most yachts available for charter. The islands are close to each other and hard to reach without a private yacht. They have a little bit of everything, from family fun and natural wonders to legendary sailors watering holds.

All About 

The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are part of a volcanic archipelago located east of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The BVI comprises four main islands and about thirty smaller ones, many of which are still uninhabited. The mix of man-made decadence and untouched natural beauty has made the BVI one of the best destinations to travel to within the Caribbean. The areas inviting turquoise blue water, bountiful coral reefs, and sun-bleached sand beaches will make any vacation unforgettable. 

The largest island is Tortola and is home to the capital of BVI, Road Town. Tortola is not like most capital cities; it is the perfect location to relax and unwind. The island’s cobblestone pathways and winding walkways make it the ideal place to explore and go shopping, especially since it is home to many boutiques and small gift stores. Like all the islands in the BVI, Tortola has some stunning beaches, including Smuggler’s Cove and Cane Garden Bay. Anegada Island is known as one of the best places to go scuba diving or snorkeling. If you are looking to get lost in nature, this is the place for you. Jost van Dyke may be small in size, but it is the ideal place to go if you are looking for a place to party. Make sure to head over to the Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay to try the famous rum cocktail known as the Painkiller. Last, Virgin Gorda is the third-largest island in the BVI and is known for its luxury resorts and exclusive yacht clubs.

One of the main draws of BVI is the sheer number of islands located within the archipelago. Travelers can spend the day on the beach on Jost Van Dyke before enjoying a sunset drink at Pirates Bight on Norman Island before heading to the Cooper Island Beach Club for dinner. Island hopping is a must in the BVI, so that is why chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands is a great option. In the end, the possibilities are endless, so whatever type of vibe you're looking for, BVI has something perfect for you. 

Fast Facts About 

The British Virgin Islands

  • The BVI was a popular hangout spot for pirates back in the day. Rumour has it that Blackbeard himself marooned 15 men on an island that is now named Dead Chest. Also, Norman Island was the inspiration for the story “Treasure Island.”
  • It is home to one of the oldest rum distilleries in the Caribbean if you have the chance make sure to visit Hard, which is located near Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay and is housed in a 400-year old stone building.
  • Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, is the owner of Necker Island, which is also located in the BVI. 
  • Unlike the other islands in the BVI, Anegada is made out of coral and limestone, thus making it one of the best spots to go scuba diving or snorkeling.

Best time to visit 

The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands have a tropical climate, which means that travelers can visit the islands year-round. However, the best time to visit is September to November, just before the high season crowds begin during the winter holidays. In general, November to May is a great time to visit; however, some periods are more popular than others, such as Christmas or Spring Break. Hurricane season starts in June and continues through November; however, August to September are often the slowest, hottest, and most “active” hurricane months. 

Chartering in 

The British Virgin Islands

The islands are known as one of the best sailing destinations and as a result, chartering a boat is one of the best ways to explore the BVI. Chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands gives you the freedom to take your time to explore each of the many islands within this archipelago and anchor down wherever you want. 

Find out more about our charters in the BVI, and read our blog articles to learn more about why you should be planning a trip to the BVI shortly:

• Unforgettable things to do in British Virgin Islands

• BVI travel itinerary

More Resources About 

The British Virgin Islands

Suppose you want to learn more about the British Virgin Islands. In that case, we recommend that you look at Visit BVI, the official tourism website of the islands, for more information about what to do and up-to-date details on COVID-19 entry requirements.

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