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The Islands of

British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, is a British overseas territory. Comprising 4 main islands and many smaller ones, it’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a yachting destination. The largest island, Tortola, is home to the capital, Road Town, and rainforest-filled Sage Mountain National Park. On Virgin Gorda island is the Baths, a labyrinth of beachside boulders.

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Ravishingly beautiful, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) encompass more than 60 islands, scattered like emeralds between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic. In 1666, British planters took over the islands from the original Dutch settlers, and they attained the status of a British colony. Today, the BVI remain a Territory under the British Crown and are world-renowned for their excellent sailing and yachting, many dive sites, and dazzling beaches.

The principal islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. Home to the capital city of Road Town, Tortola is the most populated of the islands and a gateway to the archipelago. You’ll find many of the larger Virgin Islands’ resorts here.

Island Resorts & Retreats

WHERE TO STAY

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Tucked away on a half-mile of crescent beach on the island of Virgin Gorda, the iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay has been known for “barefoot luxury” and sophistication since its founding in 1964. Though childcare is available, this resort is ideally suited for couples.

The resort has been refreshed with updated accommodations and luxurious amenities. Choose from beachfront cottages, treehouse suites, or villas. Some of these accommodations include private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and expansive patios for the ultimate in exclusive getaways.

Dining al fresco, with breathtaking views of the waterfront, is the name of the game here, and you’ll have your choice of three breezy restaurants serving farm – (or sea)-to-table cuisine in a relaxed yet elegant setting, just steps from the ocean.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection

A hidden gem located on rugged Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, this boutique resort offers ocean-view guest rooms, one-bedroom suites, and luxurious villas nestled in the hills and overlooking the marina, which glows beautifully after dark.

Choose from four restaurants, ranging from international to American cuisine, plus a gourmet market and an open-air grill. There are three pools, including a children’s pool on-site, as well as a whirlpool.

Feeling adventurous? Take your pick of boating activities, hiking the local fitness trail, kayaking or sailing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Get in a workout session at the on-site gym. Then pamper yourself with a post-workout treatment at the spa, which offers Ayurvedic treatments, including massages, wraps, and facials with views of the ocean.

Guana Island

This secluded island resort is only accessible by the resort’s private ferry from Tortola – giving you your very own private island retreat during your stay in the British Virgin Islands. Guana Island offers 850 acres of rugged natural beauty and seven secluded white powder beaches, which you only have to share with a few dozen guests, at most.

The resort was created in 1934 on the foundation of a centuries-old Quaker estate and offers 18 rooms and villas with views of the Caribbean Sea. All meals are included with your stay and are created by chefs using island-grown produce, fresh-baked breads, and cookies.

Spend your days hiking the dozens of trails dotting the island, relax on the deserted beaches, and enjoy the ultimate expression of “getting away from it all.”

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Things To Do In

British Virgin Islands

From the boulder-spattered beaches of Virgin Gorda to the hidden smuggler and onetime pirate coves of great big Tortola Island, the secluded sands of pretty Jost Van Dyke to the reefs and lobster gardens of Anegada, the British Virgin Islands (that’s just the BVI for short) are a picture of the pristine and paradisiacal Caribbean region.

They are diverse and different from each other at every step, with the great granite rocks of The Baths contrasting with the volcanic peninsulas of Tortola and the rest.

Coral gardens and multi-coloured Horseshoe Reef bring a multitude of tropical and exotic marine life too, which also bursts out of the shipwrecks under the sea.

Then there are the locals, forever smiling and ready to cook up a BBQ of smoky mahi-mahi meets English pork cuts – a surf and turf to remember! Here are the best things to do and see when holidaying in the BVI…

Fresh Island Flavours

DRINKS & DINING

Hendo's Hideout

We strive to provide friendly and efficient service and as many local ingredients as possible to compliment our tropical libations and fresh seafood. Come sip on one of our signature “Delirious Donkey“ cocktails and enjoy the view of our beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters on White Bay, Jost Van Dyke.

Sugar and Spice

For fast and tasty home cooking Caribbean style, go see June! She’s an early riser and a hard worker and is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Good food and reasonable prices.

June Chinnery is a sweetheart! He friendly demeanor and quick smile will make you feel welcome as soon as you step in the door. You are walking right into her very clean and tidy home style kitchen when you enter her place, with only a counter separating you.

This is not a sit down restaurant, although she does have a few seats available across the road where passer’s by can eat on the fly.

CocoMaya

Facing West, just minutes from Virgin Gorda’s iconic Baths, CocoMaya rests between giant granite boulders, a white sand beach, and the shimmering turquoise waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, an idyllic destination oriented towards the sunset. CocoMaya is perfect to relax and enjoy a slow lazy lunch with a chilled bottle of Rose, or sip on a thoughtfully crafted cocktail and watch the sun melt into the ocean as the beach fire pit blazes beside you. Contemplate or plan your next day of exploring the beautiful British Virgin Islands as you indulge in delights from our menus.

Slate tiles, twisted Leani vines, and exotic timbers, along with a Thatch roof, give CocoMaya its Balinese feel. Architect, Viviana Jenik assisted in pulling these unique natural boulders, indigenous trees, and natural beauty directly into your dining experience.

Travel Guide

British Virgin Islands

EXPLORE THE ISLAND

Covering a total area of only 153 sq. km, the British Virgin Islands is a British Overseas Territory located in the northeastern Caribbean.

As observed on the map, the British Virgin Islands comprises of 4 large islands namely, Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke; along with 50 smaller islands and islets. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. The island of Anegada is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Located on the island of Tortola, to the southwest of Road Town is the volcanic peak -Mount Sage, which is also the territory’s highest point at 1,709ft (521m). There are no rivers in the British Virgin Islands. The territory’s lowest point is at the Caribbean Sea (0m).

Being an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, the British Virgin Islands do not have any major administrative divisions.

Covering a total area of only 153 sq. km, the British Virgin Islands comprises of 4 large islands namely, Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke; along with 50 smaller islands and islets. Situated in the center of the southern coast of Tortola Island is Road Town – the capital of the British Virgin Islands. It serves as the principal town, port, and tourist center of the British Virgin Islands

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