island has its own special character and charm. But
these are only the major islands of the BVI. There are
also dozens of secluded islands, islets and cays, all
unique and beautiful in their own right.
Rather than mega-resorts, There are lovely hotels and
intimate guest houses, some located on swathes of white
sand, others tucked into tropical hillsides. All are
personal and caring. When staying in The BVI you won't
be part of a crowd and you won't be just a number.
Tortola (the BVI capital) is the largest of the islands
and the center of commerce, with a large yacht harbour
in Road Town and great beaches all along the north shore
and east end of the island, and offers excellent vacations.
Virgin Gorda appears to be part of a separate world,
with tremendous boulders (the size of a house or small
apartment building) strewn about. There are dozens of
beaches to explore, hotels, resorts, small inns and
private villas ... but no crowding!
Anegada is completely different from all the other British
Virgin Islands in that its maximum height above sea
level is only 28' ... and for all intents and purposes,
the whole island is one gigantic beach! The slow pace
of the island is contagious and ideal for a real "getaway"
vacation where your only concerns will be swimming,
fishing, eating, relaxing and working on your tan!
Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the main islands with
a very laid back atmosphere. The largest "resort"
has only 17 rooms and shoes are seldom seen ... or needed.
The island is blessed with a stunning beach and camp
ground at White Bay while Great Harbour is home to the
world famous Foxy's Tamarind Bar.
One reason that the BVI has
remained quiet is beacause there are no direct flights
from the USA, Canada, Europe or South America to the
main airport - the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS)
which is located on Beef Island, a cay that is linked
to Tortola by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport
on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua,
St. Kitts, or St. Maarten/St. Martin. Your travel agent
or international airline will be able to assist with
booking flights. If you plan to make reservations online,
remember that you will have to request flights to Tortola
EST (summer), EST+1 hr (winter), GMT-4 in summer &
One of the best ways to see Tortola and Virgin Gorda
is to either hire a driver for a few hours or the day,
or rent a car and drive yourself. Generally, rental
cars are over $40 a day but you have the freedom to
wander wherever you want to go to see and hike, snorkel,
or explore without the limitations of a "tour".
A valid British Virgin Islands Driving License is required
by all those seeking to drive in The British Virgin
Islands. For a fee of $10.00, a temporary British Virgin
Islands Driving License can be obtained from the Traffic
Licensing Office or Car Rental Agencies with a valid
Driver License from another country. Driving is on the
left-hand side of the road in The British Virgin Islands.
Minimum age for Car Rentals is 25.
9:00am to 2:00pm Mon-Thu;
9:00am to 2:00pm, 4:00pm to 5:00pm Fri.
(Closed Saturday and Sunday)
The BVI's are more than just a beaches, and beach attire
worn elsewhere tends to offend residents. Therefore,
please wear proper attire (no bare chests or midriffs)
in residential and commercial areas. There are no nude
beaches in The British Virgin Islands.
An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory
in The British Virgin Islands. Peebles Hospital has
surgical, x-ray and laboratory facilities; there is
a private plastic surgery clinic as well several private
medical centres. A chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets
regularly. Call (284) 494-4549/ (284) 494-3125.
Pets are allowed entry into the Territory only after
an import permit is issued by the Department of Agriculture.
For regulations governing animal importation, contact
the Department of Agriculture, Paraquita Bay, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands. Tel: (284) 495-2532 or Fax:
110/60 volts AC, 60Hz. American 2-pin plugs are used.
A Cruising permit is required for all cruising in The
British Virgin Islands
SEASONAL RATES: (December 1- April 30). All recorded
Charter Boats - $2.00 per person per day. All non-recorded
Charter Boats - $4.00 per person per day.
British Virgin Islands : Watersports Centres OUT OF
SEASON RATES: (May 1 - November 30). All recorded Charter
Boats - $0.75 per person per day. All non-recorded Charter
Boats - $4.00 per person per day.
Dive, day charter and sport fishing boats should contact
The British Virgin Islands Customs Department Tel: (284)
494-3475 or (284) 468-3701 ext. 2533 for current cruising
Marine Conservation Permits
The use of National Parks Trust mooring without a permit
is illegal. Call the National Parks Trust Office at
(284) 494-3904 for information.
The removal of any marine organism from British Virgin
Islands waters is illegal for non-BVIslanders without
a recreational fishing permit. Contact The Ministry
of Natural Resources & Labour, Tel: (284) 468-3701
ext. 2147 for information.
BVI beaches have been voted the best beaches in the
Caribbean. Some BVI beaches, like Cane Garden Bay Beach
on Tortola, Loblolly Bay Beach on Anegada, White Bay
Beach on Jost Van Dyke, The Baths on Virgin Gorda and
Deadman's Bay Beach on Peter Island were rated world
The beaches of The British Virgin Islands are peppered
throughout the entire archipelago of 60 islands and
cays. Some have been discovered and others are just
waiting to be. Not only do they possess such natural
beauty and character not seen elsewhere in the world,
but also allow you to be a part of a captivating marriage
of the Caribbean Sea and the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Nude and topless sunbathing is illegal in the British
Virgin Islands. Please respect the sensibilities of
the Islanders and their laws when visiting the BVI.
In addition, please cover up when visiting Road Town
or any place of business. Beach attire, bare midriffs,
men without shirts or shoeless tourists are frowned
upon anywhere outside of a beach environment.
Enjoy the charm of a Caribbean island noted for its
easy going elegance with friendly and welcoming people.
The British Virgin Islands have amazing sites and scenery,
beautiful views, breathtaking hillside vistas, pristine
waters and white sandy beaches.
The best way to see and learn about the many sites and
scenery of these enchanted islands is to take an island
tour with the friendly and knowledgeable taxi drivers.
They are very proud ambassadors of their islands and
take real pride in showing you around on an island expedition
and sharing their "hidden secrets".
You may prefer to take a tour of the island chain by
plane or helicopter. Experienced pilots will take you
above to capture a bird's eye view of the islands' awesome
colors and panorama.
You can explore the islands by yachts or power boats
and discover the hidden beauty beneath the ocean. Dive
the colorful reefs or explore ancient shipwrecks.
Or, you might stroll lazily through our towns and villages.
Stop and have a drink at the local pubs and beach bars.
Meet and chat with welcoming locals and other interesting
guests for a casual conversation. You never know who
you might meet!
Sampling some of the local dishes is a fantastic way
to experience the culture, savour some "home food"
and get a chance to mingle with the locals. From West
Indian to Cordon Bleu cuisine, The British Virgin Islands
have a restaurant to satisfy every palate, mood and
budget. Some restaurants are on the beach, others can
be found along the islands' dramatic ridges offering
breathtaking views of the sea. Some are located in historic
sugar mills, surfside shacks and fragrant tropical gardens.
With hundreds of restaurants throughout the islands,
whatever your mood, the variety is endless and the dining
is delicious! .
The dive sites are concentrated around Gorda and the
Sir Francis Drake Channel islands.
The dives off Sir Francis Drake Channel islands boosts
sinkholes and ledges as well as a wide variety of caves
and canyons. Another feature of the area is some of
the finest sponge encrusted walls in the region. On
the walls you will find sides with tunnels, majestic
arches and caves. The site known as Painted Walls is
the most obvious example, but there are many other equally
Of the Sir Francis Drake Channel dives, the R.M.S. Rhone
is a very popular and reputable wreck dive. Though there
are no such old wrecks with a dramatic story like the
R.M.S. Rhone - there are several other interesting wrecks
in the area. Of these wrecks nearly all are within the
ability level of most divers giving novice wreck divers
a thrilling experience.
Canoeing & Kayaking: The powdery sand beaches along
The BVI coastline and exposed waters near inlets and
barrier islands are remarkably scenic, quiet and full
of wildlife. The many lagoons throughout the islands
are an excellent path to paddle your canoe and kayak.
One of the best water sports when it comes to making
a splash in the turquoise waters. The craze of this
water sport is quickly becoming a favorite along BVI
The most popular activity in the BVI. This area
is a major charter boat center and boasts the largest
concentration of bareboats in the world. Whether you
charter a yacht for a week or two, or take a crewed
day sail, a day on the water is an invigorating experience.
Cast your cares to the wind and live the luxurious pace
of life on the sea.
If you want to explore The islands most remote areas
and secluded beaches, try a Power Boat. There are companies
in Tortola and Virgin Gorda who will rent an unmanned
boat for a day - all you need is some power boat experience
and the curiosity to explore the islands. Or, if you
prefer, a power boat day sail, complete with crew will
guide you from island to island.
The scenery is superb when suspended under a colorful
parasail. See the beauty of the entire island from 600
feet above sea level.
Want to catch a Marlin or other game fish? Licensed
operators will charter boats from many ports with crew,
state-of-the-art equipment, bait and a captain who will
guide you to our best fishing grounds. For those who
enjoy the art of casting, they will be happy to take
you to remote and isolated flats for the best The BVI
has to offer.
Swim with Dolphins
For a different nature experience, you can swim
with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery, located at Prospect
Reef in Tortola. Visitors can get close to these amazing,
intelligent creatures, enjoying various activities with
the Dolphins as well as watching them perform various
fun and exciting behaviors.
The year-round trade winds allow for great windsurfing
and kite boarding experiences. The islands are also
home to the annual Highland Spring HIHO Windsurfing
and Sailing Adventure. Competing windsurfers will cover
over 150 miles as they race between 7 and 9 times from
one island to another.
The international cricket matches have been known
to bring the entire stadium to a standstill.
Summer Xplosion brings in fans every Wednesday,
Saturday and Sunday and the Playoff Grand Finale is
an action-packed series with a loyal following. An exhibition
game highlights the series where a US Team competes
against our local division champions, demonstrating
basketball tactics and skills.
From the crack of the bat to the loud cheers, one
would know Softball is in full swing. A well appreciated
sport in The BVI, both women and men teams are paramount
to the leagues. Head to the stadium in mid-February
to July when the season kicks off - ending with the
exciting Championship play offs.
The very popular activity of Cycling is a new introduction
to the country's sporting scene. The BVI has its own
cycling team that competes regionally and internationally.
The team also hosts races in the regional Caribbean
Cup mountain biking series held each year, bringing
dozens of riders and spectators to the Islands.
The most popular spectator sport is held in Tortola
at The Little A Race Track and are full afternoon events,
with races, music, and a carnival-like atmosphere. The
horses are thoroughbreds and the competition is keen.
Two of the Virgin Islands most famous, and certainly
richest, horse races are held here - The Chief Minister's
Cup raced during the August Festival and the Governor's
Cup raced in December with the BVI Tourist Board as
Track & Field
A much-loved sport, The BVI has produced a host
of star athletics and has earned international merits
since the 1970's. Sprinters, Keita Cline, Deon Crabbe,
Mario Todman, Derwin Scatliffe, Dean Greenaway; High
Jumpers, Raymond "Kat" Solomon, Karl "Dub"
Scatliffe, Mervin "Lucky" Charles have given
a string of impressive, award-winning performances.