British Virgin Islands

About the British Virgin Islands

welcome to the bviWith 60 islands for you to explore, you definitely need a boat to navigate around the British Virgin Islands. Most of the islands in this small territory are mountainous volcanic islands with lush greenery and pristine white sand. The Virgin Islands,commonly referred to as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago; the remaining islands constitute the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands.

For the active and adventurous, there’s an array of exciting things to do within the islands of BVI.

See the spectacular vistas of land and sea from a hike to the top of Sage Mountain, or visit one of BVI’s 28 National Parks. Experience the rich and eclectic Caribbean culture through a performance from our Heritage Dancers, or the sweet sounds from our fungi bands and steel bands. Indulge in our cuisine at a local Virgin Islands restaurant and taste the island specialties of our award-winning chefs. There is also a range of fabulous Caribbean beaches to enjoy, each with its own special character.

For the active and adventurous, there’s an array of exciting things to do within the islands of BVI. See the spectacular vistas of land and sea from a hike to the top of Sage Mountain, or visit one of BVI’s 28 National Parks. Experience the rich and eclectic Caribbean culture through a performance from our Heritage Dancers, or the sweet sounds from our fungi bands and steel bands. Indulge in our cuisine at a local Virgin Islands restaurant and taste the island specialties of our award-winning chefs. There is also a range of fabulous Caribbean beaches to enjoy, each with its own special character and vibe.

For the active and adventurous there is a wide array of things to do within the BVI’s. See the spectacular vistas of land and sea from a hike to the top of Sage Mountain, or visit one of the 28 National Parks that the British Virgin Islands has to offer. Experience the Caribbean culture through a performance by Heritage Dancers, or kick back and relax to the music of local fungi or steel drum bands. Indulge in local Caribbean cuisine prepared by world renowned chefs, but be sure to stop at each island as they each have their own local flare! The most obvious destination in the BVI’s is our beautiful sandy beaches, each with it’s own personality and treasures. For more information on what to do while visiting the BVI’s please visit our Things to Do page.

British Virgin Islands Sea LegsThe British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The islands have a population of about 27,800, of whom approximately 23,000 live on Tortola. The British Virgin Islands comprise around sixty tropical Caribbean islands, ranging in size from the largest, Tortola 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, to tiny uninhabited islets. They are located in the Virgin Islands archipelago, a few miles east of the US Virgin Islands. The North Atlantic Ocean lies to the north of the islands, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. For additional information about the British Virgin Islands, please visit: http://www.bvitourism.com/bvi-facts

 

Tourism

Sea Legs BVI BoatsTourism accounts for approximately 45% of national income. The islands are a popular destination for US citizens. In 2006 a total of 825,603 people visited the islands (of whom 443,987 were cruise ship passengers). Tourists frequent the numerous white sand beaches, visit The Baths on Virgin Gorda, snorkel the coral reefs near Anegada, or experience the well-known bars of Jost Van Dyke. The BVI are known as one of the world’s greatest sailing destinations, and charter like Sea Legs sailboats are a very popular way to visit less accessible islands. Every year since 1972 the BVI has hosted the Spring Regatta, which is a seven-day collection of sailing races throughout the islands. A substantial number of the tourists who visit the BVI are cruise ship passengers, although they produce far lower revenue per head than charter boat tourists and hotel based tourists. They are nonetheless important to the substantial (and politically important) taxi driving community.

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