Swim or stroll the white-sand beaches, explore ancient ruins or the delectable local cuisine, or drop anchor and rock with the rhythm of the azure ocean. In Tortola, the largest island of the BVI chain, there’s a variety of Caribbean vacation activities to indulge in.
Take your Caribbean vacation to new heights on the cool slopes of Sage Mountain National Park, where traces of a primeval rain forest can still be seen at higher elevations.
Virgin Gorda entices travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas. On the North Sound and accessible only by water, the exclusive Bitter End Yacht Club offers a premier resort and barefoot elegance.
Natural beauty is in abundance on the third largest of the Virgin Islands, which measures eight and a half square miles. Discover the indigenous plant-lined trails, nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of the protected national parks.
Named Anegada or the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain. Measuring 11 miles by three, its highest point is just 28 feet above sea level.
Clear springs that bubble from coral beds support a variety of wildlife special to the Virgin Islands area, including loblolly, frangipani, turpentine trees, feathery sea lavender and wild orchids. On the nature trail at Bones Bight, catch a glimpse of the rare rock iguanas native to BVI's Anegada, or discover the exotic birds at Nutmeg Point.
Jost Van Dyke
Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke. With fewer than 300 inhabitants, it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet and has been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and the British. Notable inhabitants have included William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society.
In this part of the Virgin Islands, you can explore vegetation-covered sugar mill ruins, old trails that crisscross the island and the East End’s natural sea-formed Jacuzzi, or observe whales and dolphins.
Flanking the aquamarine waters of the broad Sir Francis Drake Channel, the British Virgin Islands are made up of more than 60 islands. BVI visitors relish in the discovery of their pristine palm-fringed beaches, rugged peaks and rich vegetation, while some islands are uninhabited and designated as national parks.