British Virgin Islands
Caribbean's Best Kept Secret

The British Virgin Islands are located north and northeast of the US Virgin Islands. They are only a 30 minutes flight from San Juan , Puerto Rico or a 30 minutes ferry ride from St Thomas USVI.

They are Tortola , Virgin Gorda , Anegada, Peter Island, Norman and Jost Van Dyke and many smaller islets and cays all with exotic beaches.

Road Town, Tortola BVI is the Capital of this British Territory

Road Town, Tortola BVI is the Capital of this British Territory 

The islands are caressed by the trade winds all year round, so the climate is mild and never to hot averaging in the lower 80’s degrees Fahrenheit.

BVI Facts

  • Official name - The Virgin Islands
  • Population - 24,004
  • Area in Sq Km – 153
  • Capital City - Road Town
  • Languages – English
  • Currency - Us Dollar (USD)
  • Political Status - Overseas United Kingdom Territory

Map of the British Virgin Islands

Map of the British Virgin Islands

Some of the important islands

It is the largest of the surrounding islands. Road Town is the capital of Tortola and the capital of the British Virgin Islands as well. It is the center of government and financial center. The island is host of Sage Mountain national park a fabulous Rain Forest and is the tallest peak on the islands.

In Spanish “Fat Virgin” is known for the beach called Bath. Its formations of granite boulders form sea pools ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving, surrounded on both side by exotic beaches.

  • Spanish Town

Is the financial and business center of the island which hosts the Gorda Yacht Harbor featuring stores, banks, restaurants and above all many yachts of all sizes visiting this awe inspiring site on their sailing vacations.

It is known for its white sand beaches. This is a paradise seen only in the movies or on your dreams. Snorkeling or scuba diving is a must in its magnificent coral reefs.

West of St John USVI, besides Sir Francis Drake Channel, are the smaller islands. Just to mention a few: Ginger, Salt, Peter, Norman and Cooper Islands.

British Virgin Islands

Renowned Resort of Peter Island in the BVI

Renowned Resort of Peter Island in the BVI

  • Peter Island

This is a private resort featuring the most beautiful beaches, restaurants, Spa and all facilities. There are ferries going back and forth from Tortola.

  • Norman Island

Remembered from the famous tales of Treasure Island. It is known for its colorful fish and lots or corals.

  • Salt Island

It is uninhabited and is known for the Rhone, a shipwreck sunken of its coast, Divers come here from all over the world.

  • Cooper Island

Is visited by many boaters due to its safe harbor and great beaches while Ginger Island next to it is almost undeveloped.

The Bath is the # 1 beach in the BVI

The Bath is the # 1 beach in the BVI

British Virgin Islands Beaches

Here is a summary of the beaches on the islands. In the pages of each island I am giving a description one by one.

Beaches in Tortola BVI

  • Smugglers Cove
  • Long Bay
  • Apple Bay
  • Cane Garden Bay
  • Brewer's Bay
  • Brandywine Beach
  • Josiah's Bay
  • Lambert Beach
  • Little Bay
  • Long Bay, Beef Island

Beaches in Virgin Gorda

  • The Baths
  • Devil's Bay
  • Spring Bay
  • Trunk Bay
  • Savannah Bay
  • Mahoe Bay
  • Prickly Pear, North Sound

Beaches on the other Islands

  • Trellis Bay, Beef Island
  • White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
  • Sandy Cay off Jost van Dyke
  • Deadman's Bay, Peter Island
  • Loblolly Bay, Anegada

For more information visit BVI Tourism Website

Little Dix Bay Resort is the top one on the islands

Little Dix Bay Resort is the top one on the islands

Getting to the BVI By air

Many travelers arrive to Tortola’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) from neighboring islands like St Johns, Antigua or San Juan, Puerto Rico.

There are no direct flights from the United States or Canada, so passengers that want to arrive by air will do that through those islands.

By ferry

There is schedule ferry service fro Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas to Road Town in Tortola.

Let's go sailing in the BVI

Let's go sailing in the BVI

By cruise

A few cruise lines stop in the British Virgin Islands on their Eastern Caribbean itineraries. These cruise lines are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • MSC Italian Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean


It is world known that the British Virgin Islands are a paradise for sailing. Its secure harbors, small bays and hidden coves are the dream come true to sailors. That is the reason they arrive here with yachts of all sizes from all over the world.


The British Virgin Islands experience a moderate 40 inches of rainfall annually, which is average when compared to the rest of the Caribbean. Temperatures are also relatively stable, from 73 to 80 in January, and 84 to 89 in July, all in degrees Fahrenheit.

BVI Flag

BVI Flag Description

Blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Virgin Islander coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts a woman flanked on either side by a vertical column of six oil lamps above a scroll bearing the Latin word Vigilate (Be Watchful)

Awesome beaches in the BVI

Awesome beaches in the BVI

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All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.

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