British Virgin Islands Local Customs

  • Dress up for Road Town!
    Dress up for Road Town!
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  • On the phone
    On the phone
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  • Help! There's a cruise ship in town!
    Help! There's a cruise ship in town!
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British Virgin Islands Local Customs

  • MOBILE PHONES

    Of course you don't want to be connected with the rest of the world if you choose to travel to the BVI. In case you still want a working mobile phone during your stay I suggest the following: Buy yourself a B Mobile SIM card for 20$ and charge it with ~ 20 more dollars. You will get rather cheap prices per minute and you will avoid horrendous...

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  • No beach wear off the beach please

    The BVI is a surprisingly conservative country. Beachwear anywhere but the beach or pool is considered rude and offensive to the residents. Bring a beach cover-up for the beach bars and shops and more clothes for off the beach and especially in Road Town. Men, please wear a shirt. You will find the people will respond to you better for showing this...

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  • A FEW CLOTHES DON'T HURT

    Please, if you go into Road Town or into a restaurant dress up a bit at least. Bikinis and Barefoot work at beach bars and in the marinas but not in the main town. Topless bathing is forbidden everywhere on the islands. I saw cruise tourists who sat in Pusser's Pub in Road Town in a bikini or men who walked into the jewellry shops of the capital...

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  • TEMPERATURES AND SEASONS

    We visited the BVI in early to mid November 2008 which is considered the end of hurricane season and off-season. High season is from mid December to mid April. Hotel prices increase during this time so I can really recommend coming in November before "all" the tourists come (which still are refreshingly few ;).When we were there the weather was...

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  • A MIX OF CULTURES

    The BVI have developed an interesting mixture of cultures:The islands are British. You can tell from the left-hand-driving and from school uniforms you see everywhere. The official head of state is the Queen. However, the currency is the US Dollar and the influences from the US are very visible, the products in the supermarkets are normal stuff you...

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  • CRUISE SHIP CALENDAR

    You should plan your stay on the BVI according to the official cruise ship calendar. Whenever there's a cruise ship in the port you should avoid places like The Baths or Cane Garden Bay, the beach all cruise tourists are being brought to. The calendar gets published in the local newspaper, the BVI Beacon, and you can also check it out online...

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  • Smile & say "Good morning!"

    It's the custom on many of the Caribbean Islands to greet anyone in passing with a "good morning" or "good afternoon', and it's considered rude not to respond in kind. This is a charming custom, a little bit more formal than a nod & "hello", but I love it! So keep your smile ready & a greeting on the tip of your tongue.

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  • Be easy going

    The locals and business owners are in the BVI because they want to be. They love it there. Just some advice I picked up from talking to a few people there: Try and be polite and treat the proprieters as friends- not subordinates. You will not find your typical "master-servant" relationship that is often found in big resort towns or on casino...

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  • Laaaiiiiiidddd back (really laid back,...

    Get used to island time as fast as you can, it is a different world here and people do not really work or run on schedules. Except for the ferries between islands (which ran like clockwork right on time) everything else happens when it happens, so don't think of it as patience, think of it as enjoying the good life. Everyone wants to have a good...

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  • try a "Painkiller"

    The local drink of choice is a Painkiller.The Painkiller:Pusser's Rum4 parts pineapple juice1 part cream of coconut1 part orange juice served over the rocks and fresh nutmeg on top. Many will order the drink with 2, 3, or even 4 shots of rum. Enjoy!

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  • Police

    You will see a police jeep on the roads occassionally. I think they patrol in case you don't make the curve.

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  • Driving around the island

    You really need some means of transportation to get around the island.We rented a jeep which was quite reasonable . I have read where there are pricey during high season. It is best to reserve ahead of time and shop around for the best price.

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