British Virgin Islands
The islands abound with so many colorful stories it's difficult to separate fact from fable.
The BVIs also are the home territory of Long John Silver of Treasure Island fame. Robert Louis Stevenson visited the BVIs shortly before writing his classic, though what he called Treasure Island is actually known as Norman Island, named for the pirate whose treasure is believed still buried there.(See Ten Things to Know About the BVIs)
Tortola, which houses the bulk of the population, is at the center of everything. Its Emancipation Festival is the year's social highlight.
Tortola also is the base for exploring one of the Caribbean's most famous shipwrecks, the HMS Rhone.
Virgin Gorda, the next most visited island, features
some of the area's most exclusive resorts and the monumental beach known
as The Baths.
Mountainous Jost Van Dyke, just a few minutes boat ride from Tortola, is known for its outstanding white sand beaches, tropical beaches and beach bars.
As a totally water-oriented community, there isn't a lot in the way of real nightlife or other social opportunities. After-dark activities, other than night dives underwater, are confined to the hotels, restaurants or private boats.
Just as for the pirates of old, the BVIs are a place for total escape.
Weather in the BVIs
Background Facts & Map
in the BVIs
Chartering a Sailboat