Bitter End Yacht Island Vacations: British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are overflowing with stories and secrets. Anegada has its tales of shipwrecks, Salt Island's history tells of taxes paid with bags of salt, and on Norman Island and Deadman's Chest, stories of pirates and lost treasure abound. Even tiny Marina Cay was the inspiration for a book and film. This rich history has made the islands distinct, yet they all hold something in common - warm, gracious, friendly people who are happy to share their folklore and culture with visitors.

British Virgin Islands Map

The beaches in the British Virgin Islands have been voted the "best beaches" by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine. 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 class. Remote. Tranquil. Pristine. Beautiful. The beaches of the British Virgin Islands come in all shapes and sizes, and each one is unique. They are not only beautiful, but are almost always un crowded and very often deserted. Palm-fringed, white sandy beaches, combined with a translucent ocean that teems with marine life and coral reefs, attract boaters and landlubbers alike. Snorkel, sail, sunbathe, or collect sea shells at any one of these coves. Even avid surfers will be thrilled by the long north swells that roll lazily in during the winter months on Tortola's north shore.

Tortola
The largest island in the BVI, Tortola offers a variety of exciting vacation possibilities

Virgin Gorda
The third largest island of the BVI, Virgin Gorda measures eight and a half square miles.

Jost Van Dyke
Although it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet, Jost Van Dyke has fewer than 200 inhabitants, and they are widely known as a welcoming people.

Anegada
The only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain, Anegada measures 11 miles by three, its highest point is just 28 feet above sea level.

Other Islands
Scattered in an aquamarine sea, the British Virgin Islands flank the broad Sir Francis Drake Channel, which has beguiled sailors for centuries with scalloped coves and good anchorages. There are over 60 islands in all, whose names reflect their colorful past.

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