The British Virgin Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. It consists of over 50 islands and cays located in the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Originally, it is a part of the Dutch Empire but the islands are acquired by Britain in 1972. The Islands names were named after Saint Ursula by Christopher Columbus. The largest islands of the group are Tortola, Virgin Goda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. Road Town in Tortola is the capital of the British Virgin Islands and it is the largest town.
Tortola is offers a variety of exciting vacation possibilities. The powdery-white- sand beaches, lush green mountains, and a sheltered yacht-filled harbor distinguish the island of Tortola. This island is also known for snorkeling, scuba diving, and even horseback riding. There are lots of things you can do on this island. Or you can roam through the hundred-year old ruins such as the fort George, Dungeon, Fort Recovery, the Mount Healthy Windmill, and Callwood’s Rum Distillery, which is still in operation. You might as well explore Tortola’s history at the BVI Folk Museum in Road Town.
The main street of Road Town, the capital of British Virgin Islands, has an array of shops and restaurants. The cuisine of Torltola reflects the island’s mixture of culture whether it’s a four-star dinner or a delicious West Indian roti. Local delicacies such as fresh lobsters, spicy goat, curries, conch, and Johnny cakes make each meal unforgettable.
This island has an African and Indian heritage; trace its Spanish history at the ruins at Little Fort National Park. The island’s shape of a reclining woman was what made Christopher Columbus name it Virgin Gorda, which means the “Fat Virgin”. This is the second larges island of the British Virgin Islands and it measures 8 ½ square miles. Travelers are drawn to Virgin Goda aside from the pure beauty of the island but also for its yacht clubs, safe ports, quiet coves, and luxury resorts. If you wanted more private moments, your privacy is ensured at one of Virgin Gorda’s deserted pristine beaches such as Savannah Bay, Pond Bay, Devil’s Bay, Mahoe Bay, and Spring Bay.
The activities on this island include; snorkeling, hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, sun bathing, dining, scuba diving, shopping, picnicking and many more.
JOST VON DYKE
Jost Von Dyke is said to have been named after an early Dutch settler, a former pirate. At There are safe and protected docks and beache shaded with coconut palms and seagrape trees at Great Harbour, Little Harbour, and White Bay. Restaurants, bars, and small shops selling local treasures are worth more than just a glance.
Jost Von Dyke is an island of coral sand, and its beaches are the loveliest in the Caribbean. And they’re so deserted. Chances are you won’t see another set of footsteps in the sand. You will surely enjoy the solitude of the place. But, there is always a shady part at a beach where you can sit and sip a refreshing drink. You may want to watch the beautiful sunset that breaks the surrounding of Jost Von Dyke. It will surely make a magnificent view!
Anegada is the only coral island in the volcanic British Virgin Islands chain. The Spanish named it Anegada , which means the “ Drowned Land”. The island is surrounded by Horseshoe Reef which is one of the worlds longest at 18 miles.
The secluded-powdery-white-sand beaches are protected by the sheltering reef and the points that sweep out the shore such as Nutmeg Point, Setting Point, and Pomato Point. The popular beaches in Anegada are: Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight, and Windlass Bight.
The activities of this island include: sport fishing, bonefishing, nature watching, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and visiting a museum, relaxing on amazing beaches and many more.
The British Virgin Islands offer unmistakable tourist destinations of great beauty of the islands. The things you love doing like visiting entertainment centers, beautiful architectural places, and vibrant natural parks like the J. R. O’Neal Botanical Gardens, the Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Sage Mountain National Park. There are bars, discos, and night clubs are for nightlife goers.