British Virgin Islands Things to Do

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British Virgin Islands Things to Do

  • Day Cruises

    One of the best things to do while you're in the British Virgin Islands is take a day cruise on a catamaran (or traditional) sailboat. We used Patouche charters, and both of the crew members, Clive and Julie, were extremely friendly and helpful. The boat made three stops: Angel Reef, The Caves on Norman Island (which are literally caves that you...

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  • Jost Van Dyke

    The smallest of the four “main” islands in the British Virgin Islands group, hilly Jost Van Dyke has only been inhabited for the past three centuries - at least in the post-Columbian era. There is evidence of small Arawak settlements along the shore that date back 1,000 years. A small group of Quakers settled on the island in the 17th century –...

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  • Tortola

    The Spanish aristocracy was not overly interested in the Virgin Islands – there was no gold to speak of. Besides, pirates had figured out that hidden coves and complex reef systems amounted to a maritime spider web – perfect for snagging passing ships.Modern Tortola, with 13,000 residents, is the large stand most populous of the British Virgin...

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  • Virgin Gorda

    Sir Francis Drake Passage leads right past Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda’s main commercial center. The surrounding community is known as the Valley. The ferry landing and airport are both nearby, and although a relatively recent innovation, all roads are paved. The rest of Virgin Gordais rather hilly. Gorda Peak, the highest point, towers above...

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  • Visit Sandy Cay

    Sandy Cay is a great place to go and relax if you are sailing around or have means to get there. Beaches are amazing.

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  • Day Sail to the Baths at Virgin Gorda

    On our trip to Tortola in 2009, we took a half day sail to the Baths at Virgin Gorda with Patouche Charters. The catamaran was a good size for our group and we had wonderful views on the sail to the Baths. Upon arriving at the Baths, we donned our snorkeling gear and followed one of the crew members past the giant boulders under the water to get to...

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  • Scuba diving

    As I mentioned in my intro, I went to the BVIs to go scuba diving. If you don't dive, it is still a great place to go snorkeling. I was on the CUAN LAW and loved it. You don't have to be a diver to go on the boat, they do straight sailing trips as well.

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  • Virgin Gorda Baths

    I've been to the Baths at Virgin Gorda twice - both times on a day excursion with a cruise. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. There are two beaches connected by huge boulders. The first time I went, we took a car to the beaches and explored the caves (I use this term loosely) created by the boulders. The second time I...

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  • SIGHTS > THE BATHS, VIRGIN GORDA

    As mentioned before The Baths is the most famous landmark in the BVI. There are so many boulders around the beaches here that they have formed pools and grottoes underneath the stones. Heidi Klum did her H&M shooting here a few years ago and I bet this wasn't the only advertising that was shot here. For a reason: It's very scenic. And great fun,...

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  • ISLANDS > ANEGADA

    Anegada is different from the other islands of the BVI. It not located very close to any other islands, from Virgin Gorda it takes approx. 1 hour by ferry to get here. It's the only coral atoll of the BVIs, the highest point of Anegada is 8 metres above sealevel. Let's hope that global warming won't destroy this special paradise some day. From...

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  • ISLANDS > VIRGIN GORDA

    With approximately 3,000 inhabitants Virgin Gorda is the 2nd most populated and the 3rd biggest islands of the BVI. It is also one of my favourite islands. The people here are much more friendly than on Tortola, the landscapes are diverse and there are many great things to do as well as beautiful beaches. You will also find the best hotels of the...

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  • SIGHTS > ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA

    One warning: Don't expect too much of Road Town. It's the capital of the BVI but there is not much to do. The "city" consists mainly of administrative buildings, a few shops and the port. Locals come here to work or to shop, for tourists this place is only half as interesting! Whenever we came to Road Town we felt stressed. We were so much used to...

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  • Islands Exploring, Famous Full Moon...

    Every small island in the BVI's has it's own flavour and secrets. Arrive and stay in Tortola (main island) and take boat trips (leaving from Road Town) to the other smaller islands. Virgin Gorda is by far the most beautiful, the best way to explore it is by renting a scutter, make sure you get to the Baths and you cross the Devil's Path.Check the...

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  • Cruise Excursions

    Two flags rule over this tiny isle – the French and the Dutch. Philipsburg is the Dutch capital and the place to head for a serious shopping splurge. Marigot, meanwhile, is the French capital, where you can divide your time between bistros and boutiques. Add to the mix dreamy Caribbean coves, kaleidoscopic reefs and lashings of sunshine and you’ve...

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  • BEACHES > LITTLE DIX BAY, VIRGIN...

    I loved this beach! It seems like more hotel guests spend time in the pool than on the beach. They must be all crazy! Oh well, it meant that in the mornings we were almost the only ones in the water :) Fantastic! The water here was incredibly warm and calm and the time I spend in, on and around the water here was the most relaxing time I had on the...

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  • SIGHTS > IGUANA REHABILITATION...

    You can try to spot the rare Anegada Rock Iguana on the island but you have to be really lucky to see one I guess. We got the tip to look in The Settlement at the rehabilitation project to at least see some baby iguanas. The animals are brought up here until they are big enough to survive in the wild, wild cats and cattle are their biggest enemies...

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  • BEACHES > BREWERS BAY, TORTOLA

    Brewers Bay is located on the north shore of Tortola and is easily accessible by car over a very steep hill from Cane Garden Bay. We came here because we had heard that it's one of the nicest beaches on Tortola. And it was nice. This beach seems to be popular with the locals. When we were here there were local families here and no tourists at all....

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  • ACTIVITIES > GO SAILING, DIVING OR...

    The BVI are a watersports paradise. They are extremely popular with sailing enthusiasts. A great variety of small islands, the constant trade winds and the infrastructure make the BVI one of the best sailing areas in the world. We only visited a few marinas and watched the sailboats from the shore but all these people can't be wrong. Try it!There...

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  • ACTIVITIES > DRINK A PAINKILLER

    The painkiller, a classic cocktail made from pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream, rum and fresh nutmeg grated on top, was invented on the BVI. It was first made in the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay/Jost van Dyke and today it is sold everywhere. You can easily call it the "National Drink" of the BVI. It's served in a plastic cup and costs...

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  • ACTIVITES > TAKE THE FERRY

    Taking the ferry on the BVI is a great way to spend your time for various reasons: Firstly it's a great way to go to many islands of course. Ferries are reliable, not too expensive and really fast. You will get the chance to see many scenic views when you - unlike the locals - sit on deck during your journey. On the morning ferries you will be...

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  • ACTIVITIES > DRIVE A JEEP ON TORTOLA

    My favourite activity on Tortola, apart from swimming in the wonderful waters around the island, was to drive. We had a rental Jeep for the whole time while we were there and I was rather scared before because I had heard all these stories of scary roads and steep hills. My guidebook told me that "if your engine can't make it up the hill, switch...

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  • ACTIVITIES > WATCH THE PELICANS...

    We knew that there were pelicans in the BVI. When we first saw two of them in the distance we were excited because we thought this was as good as it gets. Until we came to Carrot Bay on a sunny morning and immediately pulled left as there were many many pelicans diving for breakfast here. The pelicans glide through the air and when they see a fish...

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  • BEACHES > CANE GARDEN BAY, TORTOLA

    Cane Garden Bay is the most touristy beach of Tortola. Whenever there is a cruise ship stopping at Road Town taxis bring the cruise tourists here because it's the closest beach to Road Town. Hence the infrastructure is quite good here, there are shops and many bars. We stopped here for lunch one day and walked onto the beach a bit. Too be honest,...

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  • BEACHES > APPLE BAY, TORTOLA

    Apple Bay is a favourite bay of mine on Tortola. It's very diverse here. On the "Long Bay Side" of the Bay (in front of Sebastian's) there is a beautiful sandy beach. On the other side, however, there's a pebbled beach and the surf is quite strong here. That's why this is the only place on the BVI where we saw surfers. Which is also why the...

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  • BEACHES > LONG BAY, TORTOLA

    Long Bay Beach is - as the name suggests - quite a long beach. It looks very scenic from above (we passed by here a lot of times as we didn't live far away). We only stopped for a short look here once because there's the Long Bay Beach Resort here and we liked the "local" beaches better than the touristy ones. The beach is public though and very...

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  • BEACHES > SMUGGLER'S COVE, TORTOLA

    Smuggler's Cove was the beach that was closest to our house so we came here twice. The first time we had a great time here. We had just arrived to Tortola and only wanted to finally jump into the sea for the first time! Here we saw our first pelicans and here we realised that the water temperature was great at this time of year: You don't have to...

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  • BEACHES > DEVIL'S BAY/THE BATHS,...

    Inbetween the boulders of southern Virgin Gorda there are some very nice beaches. For me Devil's Bay was the nicest one. Shade was hard to get here though so we immediately proceeded to The Baths from here. (See SIGHTS > THE BATHS for more info on the track from beach A to beach B!).The beach at The Baths is nice but rather small and I wouldn't...

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  • BEACHES > LOBLOLLY BAY, ANEGADA

    We came to Loblolly Bay twice on our day on Anegada. When we first came here after our visit to Dotsy's Bakery we were planning to have breakfast on the beach. Clouds were looking dramatic and within minutes it started to rain heavily. We escaped and came back a few hours later when the sun was out again. At the beginning there were a few people...

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  • SIGHTS > GREAT HARBOUR, JOST VAN DYKE

    Great Harbour is one of my favourite spots in the BVI, and that's not only because Foxy's great bar is located here and they make incredible painkillers! I simply love the atmosphere in the main settlement on Jost van Dyke. There are a few nice shops and bars, a church without windows (as usual on the islands!), palmtrees, a jetty and the road...

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  • BEACHES > COW WRECK BEACH, ANEGADA

    We kind of found Cow Wreck Beach by accident. It wasn't really on my to-do-list when we started touring Anegada. Luckily we saw a sign and decided to have lunch here. What a beach!!!! The colours were more perfect here than anywhere else on the islands. As usual there was nobody on the beach. The sea was calm and the beach wonderful. We had lunch...

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  • BEACHES > WHITE BAY, JOST VAN DYKE

    As mentioned before, White Bay on Jost van Dyke became one of our favourite beaches. Its fluorescent waters and white sand makes you think you have reached paradise! The sea is very calm and perfect for spending a relaxing time swimming or snorkelling. This can be said about a few beaches throughout the BVI. What makes White Bay so special,...

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  • SIGHTS > THE COPPERMINE, VIRGIN GORDA

    The coppermine on Virgin Gorda is one of the few historic sites on the island. You can't see much apart from the ruins and a few copper coloured stones here. The spot is very scenic though. I bet the Cornish miners who built this mine in the 19th century and worked here together with local men, women and children (!) didn't have much time or...

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  • SIGHTS > SKYWORLD, TORTOLA

    Skyworld is the name of a restaurant which provides its clients with a 360° view of Tortola and the islands around it. However, you don't have to eat here to enjoy the views, just walk through the restaurant and go upstairs. You get to a panorama platform from where you can see the following islands in the Sir Francis Drake Channel: Virgin Gorda,...

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  • SIGHTS > SOPER'S HOLE, TORTOLA

    Soper's Hole has several different names. When people tell you they are going to Frenchman's Cay, to West End or to Soper's Hole they are probably all going to the same place. In fact Soper's Hole is the marina located between Frenchman's Cay, a small island just opposite Tortola's West End, and West End. Whatever you call this place, it's probably...

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  • ISLANDS > JOST VAN DYKE

    Jost van Dyke became our favourite island during our stay on the BVI! It's located north of Tortola and even though it's quite big there are less than 200 people living here. Life is really relaxed here and the locals are very friendly and open to visitors. This is the "Barefoot island" of the BVI, you won't need shoes here at all if you don't want...

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  • ISLANDS > TORTOLA

    Tortola is the main island of the BVI. The capital, Road Town, is located here, as well as the main airport, cruise ship port and many shops, restaurants and hotels. Approx. 80 % of all BVIlanders live here, which means that approx. 18,000 people live on Tortola. Life on the island is still slow but compared to the other islands of the BVI it feels...

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  • ISLANDS > BEEF ISLAND

    Beef Island is a small island that is connected to Tortola by a small bridge. This is probably where you'll arrive to the BVI as the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport is located here. Only a few metres from the airport there's Trellis Bay. Here you can find some shops and bars as well as a small ferry landing for boats to Virgin Gorda,...

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  • Bamba Shack

    Go to Bamba Shack...everyone there knows where it is, I couldn;t tell you off the top of my head. It's a shack on a beach on the (south?) side of Tortola. It's even worth the boat trip over for a night if you're staying on a near-by island!

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  • The Baths

    We visited The Baths with a tour from The USVI. It was an informative but quick trip through the huge boulders. If I'd had more time, I would have investigated the many little nooks and crannys along the way, as well as snorkeled around the outside of the formation. We'll go back on our own and spend much more time. The hike is quite easy for all...

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  • Jost Van Dyke

    There are two great bars on Jost Van Dyke. Jost Van Dyke is best toured by sailboat. It is great for snorkling during the day. While you're snorkling, you might stop by the Soggy Dollar Bar. It is the place the Painkiller was invented and the recipe stolen/reformulated by Pussers for their restaurant/bar chain. At night, the bar is Foxys.

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  • The Baths

    The Baths on Virgin Gorda are quite possibly the most beautiful thing these islands have to offer (and that's pretty good, considering that there are over sixty islands and gorgeous scenes everywhere you turn). The Baths are essentially huge boulders (some of them over two stories tall) that are scattered around the beach as though dropped there by...

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  • Visit The Baths of Virgin Gorda

    These giant boulders create an unusual landscape with secluded beaches, caves and grottos to swim in. Lots of fun and post card beautiful. Best times to visit are early or late in the day as it can get packed with cruise ship crowds midday.

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  • Day cruisin'

    For those of us who aren't on a cruising vacation, there's always the option of taking a few day cruises, often incorporating picnics & snorkeling enroute. Unfortunately the two I was shceduled to take towards the end of may stay were canceled, they would've been great fun (both offered through Dive BVI): 1. A day trip to Anegada that included...

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  • Kiteboarding

    Although I didn't see a lot of this sort of activity around on Virgin Gorda, Tortola has lots of kiteboarders in the various bays that feature water sports. Cane Garden Bay &would be a great place for this & pretty much all other water sports, it's quite the hub of activity. You can take classes in kiteboarding at Bitter End Yacht Club too, with...

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  • ...Or just play around on a sailboard

    Every time I've watched sailboarders I've been impressed with how much skill it really takes to get thes up & running! And then there are the winds, especially tricky for novices like this guy. I mean, not enough wind, and there you are with no place to go. But too much wind will knock you over before you even get started.Still, he seemed to be...

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