British Virgin Islands

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Situated in the heart of the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands is known as one of the world’s greatest sailing destinations. Numerous charter boats flock every year. BoatPlanner is set to make your stay in the British Virgin Islands a breeze, planning your on-board and ashore experience up to the least detail!

British Virgin Islands is classed as a British Overseas Territory, sharing a unique blend of British and Caribbean influences. The legacy of ancient Arawak and Carib civilizations mingles with the stories of European explorers across a colorful tableau of exotic natural beauty and marine marvels.

Known as ‘The Caves’, the Bight on Norman Island is a popular anchorage site with access to underwater caverns. Great Harbor in Jost Van Dyke is a bustling port city with lively beach bars and restaurants. Gorda Sound in Virgin Gorda is a calm anchorage site, ideal for water sports. You may also find peaceful and sheltered anchorages and moorings on Cooper Island and Peter Island.

Weather & Climate

The dry season extends from December to April when the favorable trade winds make the British Virgin Islands a sailor’s paradise. June and November hold the greater risk for heavy rainfall and hurricanes.

History & Places of Interest

The colossal granite boulders and tidal pools in the Baths, Virgin Gorda are a geological wonder. The coral atoll in Anegada is known for its diverse marine life. To get a more cosmopolitan aspect of the Virgin Islands you should definitely visit the Road Town in Tortola.

Beaches

The White Bay in Jost Van Dyke is famous for its powdery white sand and beachfront bars. Fun lovers will also find a variety of watersports and beachfront restaurants in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Long Bay on Beef Island is a serene beach, while Devil’s Bay and Spring Bay in Virgin Gorda are ideal for snorkeling. When swimming, keep an open eye for sea turtles, dolphins, and colorful fish!

Activities

The British Virgin Islands is renowned for its exceptional snorkeling and diving spots. The Wreck of the RMS Rhone is a famous dive site, featuring the remains of a British mail ship. Explore the underwater world in the Caves of Norman Island and the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Indulge in kiteboarding, paddleboarding, and windsurfing locations around British Virgin Islands, such as Anegada, Cane Garden Bay, and Leverick Bay, alongside some inland activities, like hike excursions to the Sage Mountain National Park on Tortola and Gorda Peak on Virgin Gorda.  Local cultural events and regattas are also held all year round.