The Virgin Islands are a magical Caribbean archipelago of more than forty islands and cays. They seem to have been created expressly for the pleasures of charter yachting and water sports. Located about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico and volcanic in origin, the British Virgin Islands feature rugged mountain peaks rising from the blue Caribbean Sea. Long called the West Indies, the overall area is now commonly referred to as the Caribbean, a name that became popular after World War II.
The British Virgin Islands are a paradise waiting to be discovered. Compared to the American Virgin Islands, their next- door cousins, the BVIs have a small native population and typically, small resorts, inns and villas.
Tortola is the archipelago’s father. It holds most of the population and commerce, and its demeanor is a little bit stern as a result. That doesn’t mean it won’t let its hair down at a full-moon party or out on the bay windsurfing. Virgin Gorda is the BVIs’ beauty, beloved by movie stars, millionaires and yachties. Somehow she’s maintained her innocence, with a clutch of exceptional national parks. Jost Van Dyke is the jovial island, where a man named Foxy is king and ‘time flies when you ain’t doin’ shit, ’ as the T-shirts proclaim. Not-like-the-others Anegada floats in a remote reef; if you’re looking to get away from it all, this atoll has a hammock waiting. Then there are the sprinkling of out islands – some uninhabited, some with just a beach bar, some with shipwrecks to dive on. You’ll need your own boat to reach them, but since the BVIs are the world’s charter-boat capital, you’re in luck.
With more than 40 islands in the group, there is an absurd amount of beaches.
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