Wednesday, August 5, 2020

British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Long Bay, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) 
Photo Credit: Bob Commander

The British Islands consists of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, over 50 smaller islands and cays.

Why visit BVI's?
A favorite destination for sailors, scuba divers, snorkelers, and luxury upscale resort lovers. Also, a known hideaway of the unpretentious rich and famous!
  • Coolest Season: January - March, and December
  • Humid & Hottest: August - September
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: November and June
Hurricane Season is June - November.

History
  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus was the first European visitor to the cluster of islands.
  • During 1500, Spaniards from Puerto Rico mined for gold however only found copper.
  • During 1700-1800, sugar and cotton plantations were the primary economics of Tortola.
  • In 1840, St. Phillips Church is said to be the first church built for freed African slaves in the Western Hemisphere (Tortola).
  • In 1867, the Rhone shipwrecked near Salt Island, southeast to Tortola.
  • In 1968, Beef Island Airport (Tortola) sparked their tourism economy.
  • In 1960, Laurence Rockefeller established a resort on Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda) to rebirth tourism. 
  • In 2001, Tortola installed its first traffic light.

Fun Facts
  • Anegada is different from all the other islands, as it's flat composed of limestone and coral.
  • Tortola has been an International Financial Center since 1984 with half a million registered businesses on the island.
  • Tortola offers the most accommodations of all the BVI's.
  • Necker Island, the private home of Richard Branson is available for complete rental, sports vacations, and weddings. Accommodates approximately 30 adults and a bunkhouse for six children. All-Inclusive: activities, beverages, and food.
  • Many yacht charter companies forbid Clients to sail Anegada in fear of running aground due to shallow reefs.
  • The book, Treasure Island was written by Robert Louis Stevenson is said to be inspired by private caves on Norman Island. 
  • In 2007, Google Co-founder, Larry Page married Lucy Southworth on Necker Island (privately owned by Richard Branson) and rented all of Virgin Gorda for their wedding guests.

Good to Know
  • Sailing Schools can be found on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
  • Movies that may inspire your visit: Virgin Island (1995) and BVI's (2103).

Why visit Tortola ("Turtle Dove")?
Beautiful beaches, coral snorkeling,  lush mountains, relaxation and seclusion.


Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Callwood Distillery, Fort Burt, Fort Recovery and The Church at Kingstown.
Museums: Centre for the Applied Marine Studies, HM Prison Museum, Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, North Shore Shell Museum, Old Government House, The North Shore Shell Museum, Virgin Islands Folk Museum and Virgin Islands Maritime Museum.
Popular Attractions: Cane Garden Bay, Josiah's Bay Plantation, J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens, Long Bay, Mount Healthy National Park , Prospect Reef, Roadtown, Road Town, Royal Mail Steamer (RMS), Sage Mountain National Park, Shark Bay, Soldier's Hill, Sopers Hole, The Dungeon, Trellis Bay and William Thornton Estate.
Special Events: Dark & Stormy Race, B.V.I. Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, Tortola's Road Town (Late July - Early August) and Bomba's Surfside Shack.


Why visit Virgin Gorda ("Fat Virgin")?
White sand beaches, historical ruins, natural geologic formations, pristine water and snorkeling.


Your Must-See & Do
Popular Attractions: Copper Mine, Coppermine Point, Little Fort National Park, Oil Nut Bay, Prickly Pear Island, Spanish Town, The Baths, Virgin Gorda National Park,
Special Events: Fisherman's Jamboree (March), Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, Annual Christmas Weekend (July) and Pro-Am Regatta Week (October). 


Why visit Anegada (“Drowned Land”)?
Beaches, premier bonefishing, clear springs bubbling, coral reefs, history, relaxation, sport fishing, seclusion, snorkeling, and wildlife.


Your Must-See & Do
Popular Attractions: Bones Bight, Cow Wreck Bay, Flamingo Pond, Flash of Beauty, Loblolly Bay and Windlass Bight.


Why visit Jost Van Dyke ("Little Jost")?
Popular bars, beachcombing, bird sanctuary, dolphins, snorkeling, whale watching and yacht anchorages.


Your Must-See & Do
Popular Attractions: Bubbly Pool, Diamond Cay, Diamond Cay National Park, Great Harbour, Great Tobago Island and White Bay.

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All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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