British Virgin Islands or BVI is home to white-sand beaches, luscious forests and turquoise waters spread across more than 50 islands and cays. It is said to be the least developed islands which is a perfect destination for those who wish to discover and explore. BVI is one of the world’s best sailing destinations with its steady trade winds, protected waters and well equipped marinas.
If you have been curious enough to consider this as your next holiday destination, either as a part of your Caribbean trip or a single trip on its own, the four main islands will have enough to get you started:
Tortola: The capital and largest, most developed island. It is home to beautiful private villas and luxury resorts and well-known for its full moon parties. Aside from dipping your toes in the water, you can go around town by visiting Fort Burt, Old Government House Museum, Mount Healthy Windmill and more. When it comes to fishing or water sports, then don’t miss to step intoSoper’s Hole, South Drops and Brandywine Bay.
Virgin Gorda: An island that is more relaxed and laid back, you must trail to Gorda Peak for the best panoramic views of the islands and visit the granite boulders of Baths for its mysterious grottos and saltwater pools. If you are looking for an archetypal vacation in Caribbean, then spend some time on the beaches of Spring Bay, Pond Bay, Savannah Bay, and Devil’s Bay.
Anegada: The only island surrounded by coral reefs where snorkeling and diving is most splendid. It is also a place to observe exotic birds. Beach lovers will find comfort along the peaceful shores of Windlass Bight, Bones Bight, Cow Wreck Beach and Flash of beauty.
Jost Van Dyke: Food and fun awaits you in this island. The party animal in you will find your refuge as the island is filled with bars and restaurants with Great Harbour famous for its yacht-filled parties on certain times of the year.
A Seafood Haven
Since the British Virgin Islands is located in the Caribbean, it is no surprise that fresh seafood are aplenty – spiny lobster, yellowfin tuna, red hind, grilled fish, salt fish, pot fish, and fried fishwhich – all of which you can get from the number of restaurants within the islands. You can go traditional by trying local delicacies such as the Callaloo (soup or stew made out of leaves from dasheen plan, taro leaves or spinach), Pates (pastries with meat, fish or vegetables inside), Conch (musk served in chowder), Jerk (Chicken or meat with spicy barbeque treatment) to name a few.
Essential things to know about the British Virgin Islands
Before going on an amazing British Virgin Islands trip, it is always crucial to travel at the right time to get the most out of your holiday. Being located in the Caribbean Sea, the islands have a sub-tropical climate throughout the year. The most ideal time to visit would be from mid-December to mid-April when the temperature is between 22°C to 28°C with very little rainfall. Expect prices to be on the high side during this period, although there could be some short drops after the Christmas holidays. Prices are lower from the 3rd week of April to May and the weather is slightly wetter than the previous months. Off season is from June to November; this period could provide excellent value as prices are significantly lower and you will find some months to be less crowded. However, rainfall will be at its highest, peaking in October and hurricane season is expected between the months of July and November.
You will have to take on quite a journey to reach the British Virgin Islands through a series of connecting flights as there are no direct flights from the UAE. You can arrive on its main airport located in Tortola – Terrance B. Lettesome International Airport (EIS) and if you are going to the other islands, check with your hotel about charter flight and/or ferry boat schedules as you may need to stay in Tortola for one night based on your arrival time. You may also choose to fly to Cyril E. King Airport in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then take a ferry ride further to Tortola.
If you are arriving by sea, your ports of entry could be on Road Town, Tortola; West End, Tortola; Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke; St. Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda; and Gun Creak, Virgin Gorda.
Requirements to follow – Entry and Exit
It is highly recommended to check the visa regulations and other requirements that you may need to allow entry to the British Virgin Islands. It is required that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay and you will need to produce an onward ticket, proof of sufficient funds and pre-arranged accommodation.
The British Virgin Islands is a paradise for travelers who are looking for the ultimate island holiday and it is best enjoyed by those with deep pockets. But with a bit of careful planning and perfect timing, you will find ways to maximize your travel budget for an experience of a lifetime!