Tucked within the more than 60 islands and islets that make up the idyllic Virgin Islands, this archipelago sits the always-exquisite British Virgin Islands - the other islands belong to the U.S. and Spain. The British Virgin Islands, or BVI for short, are premier vacation and sailing destinations, attracting visitors around the world who are lured in time and time again by the astounding beauty and gloriously languorous atmosphere.
The island of Tortola, the largest island of the BVI chain, drives the economy and tends to be the first-stop for many first-time visitors, as well as for various corporate events. Considered a place where “the past of the West Indies meets the present of the BVI," Tortola offers powder-soft white sand beaches, lush green mountains and a sheltered yacht-filled harbours; it is definitely the place to be if you're a nautical nut or simply enjoy exclusive party spots. The brightest jewel in the BVI chain though is by far Virgin Gorda, which year after year entices travellers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves and luxury resorts. The 'it' spot for millionaires, celebrities and yachting aficionados alike, here you are invited to create your own brand of barefoot elegance; charter a yacht to explore all this island and its surrounds has to offer. The British Virgin Islands are yours to conquer and enjoy.
The centrepiece of the southwestern tip of the island, The Baths is a geological wonder and as such a popular excursion for visitors to Virgin Gorda. Featuring a collection of massive granite boulders as large as 40 feet in diameter, it is also home to the most glorious white sand and picture-perfect sheltered pools right on the beach's edge. It is, quite literally a postcard, perfect come-to-life.
Get the view from above as you embark on an aerial discovery of the British Virgin Islands. Explore Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Necker, Jost Van Dyke, Norman, Sandy Cay and more. The view from this vantage point is second-to-none.
Nightlife isn't what the British Virgin Islands is generally known for, although you can certainly throw a beautiful and intimate celebration such as a wedding for instance, just about anywhere along the Tortola or Virgin Gorda coast. The size and scale of your fest is entirely up to you. If you prefer an intimate and subdued affair, this can easily be achieved in one of the many secluded areas. A more boisterous affair can be held at a local seaside restaurant. After all, a fun DJ or live band and good friends is all you really need to create a memorable event!
There are so many scrumptious dining options just about everywhere on the BVI. So, whether you're in the mood for a fine European-style restaurant or a casual Caribbean grill on the beach, both Tortola and Virgin Gorda, as well as some of the smaller islands, will satisfy your cravings. Nightlife on the BVI is limited to casual bars and taverns, no large nightclubs or trendy lounges here. However, it is pretty easy to find fun and frivolity, be it at a boat party or impromptu reggae jam on one of the more populated beaches.
The northern side of Virgin Gorda Island is mountainous and mainly devoted to national parks. The Gorda Peak National Park is not to be missed. You can drive part way up the mountain and either bike or hike to the top. At the peak, you'll be rewarded with a stunning, panoramic view of the surrounding islands.
Set up a picnic atop Sage Mountain National Park and enjoy the dazzling view overlooking nearby islets and cays that float in the clear azure sea. Ensure to pick up a road map and trail directions before embarking on your adventure through this impressive primordial rainforest.
Boating enthusiasts from around the world flock to the British Virgin Islands to navigate the countless islets and cays here. If you're not quite the established seafarer, then chartering a boat tour is also a popular option. Swim amongst the sea turtles in Dead Man's Bay and claim your own petite islet of paradise for the day. Anything's possible in the British Virgin Islands.