The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
Discovering the beauty of British Virgin Islands is all about uncovering the unique character of each island in this unspoiled volcanic archipelago. From the culture and history of BVI’s four largest islands to the pristine natural splendor of more than 50 smaller isles, every place an anchor drops offers its own special magic.
Be drawn in by Virgin Gorda’s natural granite pillars. Rediscover play and adventure in Tortola. Let the island spirit move you on Jost Van Dyke. Glimpse perfection in Anegada. Friendly people, incredible beaches and recreational activities that exceed all expectations are all sure to be in abundance.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, located sixty miles east of Puerto Rico and a few miles north of the US Virgin Islands. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the north of the BVI, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south.
The BVI is comprised of 60 islands and cays with approximately 27 that are inhabited. There are four main islands: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke.
Tortola is also the largest of the islands, being 24 square miles. Its capital is Road Town, and is connected to Beef Island, the site of the BVI’s International airport, Terrance B Lettsome Airport.
Most of the islands in the BVI are volcanic in origin and mountainous with lush terrain with the exception of Anegada. With a terrain of limestone and coral, Anegada lies at the northeastern edge of the BVI archipelago. Each island captures a view of the surrounding seascape.
THINGS TO DO
• WATER ACTIVITIES
With crystal clear waters and balmy trade winds year-round, the British Virgin Islands are a pristine playground brimming with adventure. From sailing the nearly 600 nautical miles whether as sport or for fun to exploring over 75 dive sites – ship wrecks, artificial reefs and natural caves – the BVI gives underwater adventures a new meaning!
An adventure at sea is in store whether you’re a first-time sailor or an experienced captain thanks to consistent trade winds, clear water and sunshine every day. Find a different cove each day at different islands and pack your boat with all the necessities and set sail for wherever the spirit (or the wind) moves you.
With the Sir Frances Drake Channel and islands close enough to navigate by sight stretching in front of you, the BVI is truly a sailor’s paradise.
• LAND ACTIVITIES
Discover Nature’s Little Secrets by the dozen with an eco-tour, hike, canopy tour or birdwatching excursion led by the trained eye of a local.
Arts and Culture (Includes Museums)
Be immersed in the British Virgin Islands’ rich traditions, shaped by nautical trade and leisure, musical artistry and the blending of cultures over centuries.
The galleries and museums are the perfect destinations to glimpse into the history of the BVI. Discover artifacts and artistry of all manner in curated galleries and exhibitions of local talent from today and yesteryear alike. Indulge in an earth-made experience and enjoy a pottery making process.
Lounging seaside in the British Virgin Islands is unimaginably blissful – the magic of each island extends to its beaches, from surf-friendly shores in Anegada to the untouched sands of Tortola’s Smuggler’s Cove.
With crystal clear waters and balmy trade winds year-round, the British Virgin Islands are a pristine playground brimming with adventure.
• Anegada Kite & Paddle Festival
• Annual BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival
• Virgin Gorda Easter Festival
• Leverick Bay Poker Run
• Christmas in July
• BVI Emancipation Festival Celebrations
• BVI Food Fete
• Necker Cup
Explore the diversity of our culture through our delicious gastronomy – from vibrant local favorites to cuisines born from the melting pot of traditions the BVI is home to.
Additionally, November is Food Month in the British Virgin Islands! Throughout the month, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and Film Commission hosts exciting events that showcase local and international cuisine, top-notch entertainment, local vendors and much more. Each event takes place on a different island to introduce locals and guests alike to the unique sights, sounds and flavors of the BVI!
Five Unique Places and Things to do in the BVI
1. The Baths, Virgin Gorda
2. Conch Shell Mounds Anegada
3. Day-sails for hideaway picnics, different islands
4. Couple spa treatment at Caribbean’s only floating spa, Jost Van Dyke
5. Snuba Diving, Virgin Gorda
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- Ranked #1 place to visit in the Caribbean by US News & World Report for the third consecutive year.
- The BVI also won that publication’s 2018/2019 Best Winter Vacations Award for No. 1 Place to Visit in the Caribbean, No. 1 in Best Caribbean Beaches and No. 3 in Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean.
- Listed as #1 for Top 25 holiday Destinations Super rich went to in 2019 by CEOWorld Magazine.
- Named the No. 2 place to go in The New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2020.”
- Listed on Afar’s “Where to go 2020”
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