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British Virgin Islands
Flag Coat of arms
Motto"Vigilate"  (Latin)
"Be Watchful"
Anthem"God Save the Queen"
Capital Road Town
18°25.883′N 64°37.383′W / 18.431383°N 64.62305°W / 18.431383; -64.62305
Official languages English
Ethnic groups  83.36% West African, 7.28% British, Portuguese, 5.38% Multiracial, 3.14% East Indian, 0.84% Others
Demonym Virgin Islander
Government British Overseas Territory
 -  Head of State Queen Elizabeth II
 -  Governor David Pearey
 -  Deputy Governor Vivian Inez Archibald
 -  Premier Ralph T. O'Neal
British Overseas Territory
 -  Separate 1960 
 -  Autonomous territory 1967 
Area
 -  Total 153 km2 (216th)
59 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.6
Population
 -  2005 census 22,016 
 -  Density 260/km2 (68th)
673/sq mi
Currency U.S. dollar (USD)
Time zone Q (UTC-4)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC-4)
Internet TLD .vg
Calling code +1-284
.The British Virgin Islands (BVI), also called the Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico.^ British Virgin Islands visa .
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^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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.The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the U.S. Virgin Islands.^ Tourist Visa not required Business Visa not required British Virgin Islands tourist visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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^ British Virgin Islands business visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 30 days.
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^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to British Virgin Islands.
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.Technically the official name of the Territory is simply the "Virgin Islands", but in practice since 1917 they have been almost universally referred to as the "British Virgin Islands" to distinguish the islands from the American Territory.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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[1] .To add to the regional confusion, the Puerto Rican islands of Culebra, Vieques and surrounding islands began referring to themselves as the "Spanish Virgin Islands" as part of a tourism drive in the early 2000s.^ Magnitude 2.7 - VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION 13 km (8 miles) NNE (26°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands ; 47 km (29 miles) NNE (23°) from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands ; 49 km (31 miles) N (350°) from West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands ...
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.The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ Magnitude 2.7 - VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION 13 km (8 miles) NNE (26°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands ; 47 km (29 miles) NNE (23°) from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands ; 49 km (31 miles) N (350°) from West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands ...
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Approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited. .The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide.^ Magnitude 2.7 - VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION 13 km (8 miles) NNE (26°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands ; 47 km (29 miles) NNE (23°) from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands ; 49 km (31 miles) N (350°) from West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands ...
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^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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The islands have a total population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola.

Contents

History

.The Virgin Islands were first settled by the Arawak from South America around 100 BC (though there is some evidence of Amerindian presence on the islands as far back as 1500 BC).^ The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648, before being acquired by England in 1666.
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^ The original population of the Virgin Islands consisted of Arawaks (Taino) and Caribs (Kalinago) who were largely decimated during the European colonizing process.
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[2] .The Arawaks inhabited the islands until the fifteenth century when they were displaced by the more aggressive Caribs, a tribe from the Lesser Antilles islands, after whom the Caribbean Sea is named.^ They form part of the Lesser Antilles.
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^ The original population of the Virgin Islands consisted of Arawaks (Taino) and Caribs (Kalinago) who were largely decimated during the European colonizing process.
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.The first European sighting of the Virgin Islands was by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on his second voyage to the Americas.^ The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648, before being acquired by England in 1666.
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^ The original population of the Virgin Islands consisted of Arawaks (Taino) and Caribs (Kalinago) who were largely decimated during the European colonizing process.
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Columbus gave them the fanciful name Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Vírgenes (Saint Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins), shortened to Las Vírgenes (The Virgins), after the legend of Saint Ursula.
The Spanish Empire claimed the islands by discovery in the early sixteenth century, but never settled them, and subsequent years saw the English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Danish all jostling for control of the region, which became a notorious haunt for pirates. There is no record of any native Amerindian population in the British Virgin Islands during this period, although the native population on nearby St. Croix was decimated.
The Dutch established a permanent settlement on the island of Tortola by 1648. In 1672, the English captured Tortola from the Dutch, and the British annexation of Anegada and Virgin Gorda followed in 1680. Meanwhile, over the period 1672–1733, the Danish gained control of the nearby islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
The ruins of St Phillip's Church, Tortola, one of the more important historical ruins in the Territory.
The British islands were considered principally a strategic possession, but were planted when economic conditions were particularly favourable. The British introduced sugar cane which was to become the main crop and source of foreign trade, and slaves were brought from Africa to work on the sugar cane plantations. The islands prospered economically until the middle of the 1800s, when a combination of the abolition of slavery in the Territory, a series of disastrous hurricanes, and the growth in the sugar beet crop in Europe and the United States[3] significantly reduced sugar cane production and led to a period of economic decline.
In 1917, the United States purchased St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix from Denmark for US$25 million, renaming them the United States Virgin Islands.
The British Virgin Islands were administered variously as part of the British Leeward Islands or with St. Kitts and Nevis, with an Administrator representing the British Government on the Islands. Separate colony status was gained for the Islands in 1960 and the Islands became autonomous in 1967. Since the 1960s, the islands have diversified away from their traditionally agriculture-based economy towards tourism and financial services, becoming one of the wealthiest areas in the Caribbean.

Geography

Map of British Virgin Islands
Scenery of Tortola.
.The British Virgin Islands comprise around sixty tropical Caribbean islands, ranging in size from the largest, Tortola 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, to tiny uninhabited islets.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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They are located in the Virgin Islands archipelago, a few miles east of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The North Atlantic Ocean lies to the north of the islands, and the Caribbean Sea lies to the south. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral.
In addition to the four main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, other islands include:
.See also Islands of the British Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands Travel Guide The islands of the Caribbean are pretty much identical when it comes to shopping potential, and the British Virgin Islands are no exception.
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Climate

.The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds.^ The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648, before being acquired by England in 1666.
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^ British Virgin Islands are a British overseas territory with a large degree of internal self-government.
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Temperatures vary little throughout the year. In the capital, Road Town, typical daily maxima are around 32 °C (90 °F) in the summer and 29 °C (84 °F) in the winter. Typical daily minima are around 24 °C (75 °F) in the summer and 21 °C (70 °F) in the winter. Rainfall averages about 1,150 mm (45 in) per year, higher in the hills and lower on the coast. Rainfall can be quite variable, but the wettest months on average are September to November and the driest months on average are February and March. Hurricanes occasionally hit the islands, with the hurricane season running from June to November.

Politics

Legislative Council building in Road Town. The High Court sits upstairs.
.Executive authority in British Virgin Islands is invested in The Queen and is exercised on her behalf by the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648, before being acquired by England in 1666.
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.The Governor is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the British Government.^ The governor is appointed by the British crown and is responsible for the courts the public service and external and internal security.
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Defence and Foreign Affairs remain the responsibility of the United Kingdom.
.A new constitution was adopted in 2007 (the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007)[4] and came into force when the Legislative Council was dissolved for the 2007 general election.^ The Legislative Council consists of nine elected members and the attorney general, who serves as an ex officio member.
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The Head of Government under the new constitution is the Premier (prior to the new constitution the office was referred to as Chief Minister), who is elected in a general election along with the other members of the ruling government as well as the members of the opposition. A Cabinet is nominated by the Premier and appointed by the Governor. The Legislature consists of the Queen (represented by the Governor) and a unicameral House of Assembly made up of 13 elected members plus the Speaker and the Attorney-General.
The current Governor is David Pearey (since 2006). The current Premier is Ralph T. O'Neal (since 22 August 2007).

Subdivisions

Economy

Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
.As a tax haven,[5] the British Virgin Islands enjoys one of the more prosperous economies of the Caribbean region, with a per capita GDP of around $38,500 (2004 est.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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.The "twin pillars" of the economy are tourism and financial services.^ The islands’ economy is based on financial services and tourism.
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Politically, tourism is the more important of the two, as it employs a greater number of people within the Territory, and a larger proportion of the businesses in the tourist industry are locally owned, as are a number of the highly tourism-dependent sole traders (e.g. taxi drivers and street vendors). Economically however, financial services associated with the territory's tax haven status are by far the more important. 51.8% of the Government's revenue comes directly from licence fees for offshore companies, and considerable further sums are raised directly or indirectly from payroll taxes relating to salaries paid within the trust industry sector (which tend to be higher on average than those paid in the tourism sector).
Tourism accounts for 45% of national income. The islands are a popular destination for U.S. citizens. In 2006 a total of 825,603 people visited the islands (of whom 443,987 were cruise ship passengers). .Tourists frequent the numerous white sand beaches, visit The Baths on Virgin Gorda, snorkel the coral reefs near Anegada, or experience the well-known bars of Jost Van Dyke.^ Seriously hot spots: the world's sexiest beaches THE BATHS, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Hidden coves and sandy stretches far from the body-shot crowds that plague other islands .
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.The BVI are known as one of the world's greatest sailing destinations, and charter sailboats are a very popular way to visit less accessible islands.^ The Best of the British Virgin Islands: An Indispensable Guide for Anyone Visiting Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Cooper, Guana, and All Other BVI Destinations .
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Every year since 1972 the BVI has hosted the Spring Regatta, which is a seven-day collection of sailing races throughout the islands. A substantial number of the tourists who visit the BVI are cruise ship passengers, although they produce far lower revenue per head than charter boat tourists and hotel based tourists. They are nonetheless important to the substantial (and politically important) taxi driving community.
Substantial revenues are also generated by the registration of offshore companies. As of June 2008, 823,502 companies were so registered (of which 445,865 were 'active'). In 2000 KPMG reported in its survey of offshore jurisdictions for the United Kingdom government that over 41% of the world's offshore companies were formed in the British Virgin Islands. .Since 2001, financial services in the British Virgin Islands have been regulated by the independent Financial Services Commission.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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While at one time the BVI was well regarded as a good domicile for captive insurance services, this changed beginning in recent years with the change of insurance regulators in 2007 and the government's increasing pressure to hire only locals ("belongers") in the insurance industry.
Agriculture and industry account for only a small proportion of the islands' GDP. Agricultural produce includes fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, livestock and poultry, and industries include rum distillation, construction and boatbuilding.
.Since 1959, the official currency of the British Virgin Islands has been the US dollar, also used by the United States Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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.The British Virgin Islands are a major target for drug traffickers, who use the area as a gateway to the United States.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, "Problems associated with drug trafficking are potentially the most serious threat to stability in the BVI".[7]

Demographics

.The population of the Islands is around 21,730 in 2003. The majority of the population (83%) are Afro-Caribbean, descended from the slaves brought to the islands by the British.^ British Virgin Islands Travel Guide The islands of the Caribbean are pretty much identical when it comes to shopping potential, and the British Virgin Islands are no exception.
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Other large ethnic groups include those of British and other European origin.
The 2004 census reports:
83.4% Black
 7% White
 9.6% Others*
* includes Indian and mixed
The islands are predominantly Protestant Christian (86%). The largest individual Christian denominations are Methodist (33%), Anglican (17%), and Catholic (10%).
The islands are heavily dependent upon migrant labour. In 2004 migrant workers accounted for 50% of the total population. .32% of workers employed in the British Virgin Islands work for the Government.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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Transport

There are 113 kilometres (70 mi) of roads. The main airport (Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, also known as Beef Island Airport) is located on Beef Island, which lies off the eastern tip of Tortola and is accessible by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Virgin Gorda and Anegada have their own smaller airports. The main harbour is in Road Town. .There are also ferries that operate within the British Virgin Islands and to the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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.As in the UK, cars in the British Virgin Islands drive on the left side of the road.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ Making history: quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt crosses the Atlantic Geoff Holt, 43, from Southampton, left Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on 10 December to sail 2700 miles (4345km) to the British Virgin Islands .
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The roads are often quite steep and winding, and ruts can be a problem when it rains.

Education

.The British Virgin Islands operates several government schools as well as private schools.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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There is also a community college, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Community College, that is located on the eastern end of Tortola. This college was named after Honourable Lavity Stoutt (Chief Minister).[8]

Sport

.Because of its location and climate the British Virgin Islands has long been a haven for sailing enthusiasts.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ Making history: quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt crosses the Atlantic Geoff Holt, 43, from Southampton, left Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on 10 December to sail 2700 miles (4345km) to the British Virgin Islands .
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Sailing is regarded as one of the foremost sports in all of the BVI. Calm waters along with steady breezes culminate to make some of the best sailing conditions in the Caribbean (some say the world). Many sailing events are held in the waters of this country, the largest of which is a weeklong series of sailing races called the Spring Regatta.
This is the premier sailing event of the Caribbean. With several races hosted each day. Boats include everything from full-size mono-hull yachts to dinghies. Captains and their crews come from all around the globe to attend these races. The Spring Regatta is part race, part party, part festival. There are races, games, and music during the day, and some crazy partying at night. The Spring Regatta is normally held on the first week of April, annually[1].

Culture

Language

The primary language is English, with a quick creole accent.

Music

.The traditional music of the British Virgin Islands is called fungi after the local cornmeal dish with the same name, often made with okra.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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The special sound of fungi is due to a unique local fusion between African and European music. It functions as a medium of local history and folklore and is therefore a cherished cultural form of expression that is part of the curriculum in BVI schools. The fungi bands, also called "scratch bands", use instruments ranging from calabash, washboard, bongos and ukulele, to more traditional western instruments like keyboard, banjo, guitar, bass, triangle and saxophone. Apart from being a form of festive dance music, fungi often contains humorous social commentaries, as well as BVI oral history.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ British Virgin Islands government publications had traditionally continued to commence with "The Territory of the Virgin Islands", but recently, more and more legislation now simply refers to the Territory as the British Virgin Islands. The Interpretation Act (Cap 136) (1985) defines the "Territory" as simply the "Virgin Islands"; but the Insolvency Act, 2003 defines a "foreign company" as 'a body corporate that is incorporated, registered or formed outside the British Virgin Islands.'
  2. ^ Wilson, Samuel M. ed. The Indigenous People of the Caribbean. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1997. ISBN 0813016924
  3. ^ In the United Kingdom, a major market for sugar from the Territory, the Sugar Duties Act 1846 also created a considerable downward effect on the price of Caribbean sugar cane.
  4. ^ Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007
  5. ^ http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2009/05/09/business/doc4a04ef4f516e1869586320.txt
  6. ^ CIA. Economy: British Virgin Islands. The World Factbook, CIA publications, 19 December. 2006. Retrieved 25 December. 2006.
  7. ^ British Virgin Islands Country Profile, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  8. ^ British Virgin Islands Schools, BVI Government website
  9. ^ Penn, Dexter J.A. Music of the British Virgin Islands: Fungi. Retrieved 13 January 2008.

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

North America : Caribbean : British Virgin Islands
Location
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Quick Facts
Capital Road Town
Government British overseas territory with internal self-government
Currency US dollar (USD)
Area total: 153 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 153 sq km
Population 21,272 (July 2002 est.)
Language English (official)
Religion Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 2%), Roman Catholic 10%, none 2%, other 2% (1991)
Calling Code 1-284
Internet TLD .vg
Time Zone UTC -4
.The British Virgin Islands are a self-governing British overseas territory, situated in the Caribbean just to the east of the US Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ British Virgin Islands +1284 .

^ British Virgin Islands abbreviation: BVI .
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The BVIs, as they are called, are a popular travel destination for sailors, fishermen (and women), sun worshippers, and other independent travellers, albeit not for the cost conscious. .Boating among the dozens of tiny, mostly uninhabited, islands is a great stop on any tour of the Caribbean islands.^ The hiking tours, which are very popular on the island, make this beach a stopping point.

Understand

Landscape

.The British Virgin Islands comprise 16 inhabited and more than 43 uninhabited islands, including the island of Anegada.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ British Virgin Islands +1284 .

^ British Virgin Islands abbreviation: BVI .
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The islands fall into two types, with relatively flat coral islands and steep volcanic islands. The highest point is Crown Mountain.

Climate

.Tropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation.^ The U.S. Virgin Islands lie right in the subtropical, easterly trade winds, bringing near perfect weather !

.Has experienced several hurricanes in recent years, although with little consequent damage, as well as floods, usually in October or November.^ Last year (November 2008) the British Virgin Islands suffered severe floods that were declared a major disaster.
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^ Such nastiness is usually restricted to the hurricane season which lasts from June till November.
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^ The hurricane season lasts from June till November though the area is at greatest risk in October and November.
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History

.The islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648 before being annexed in 1672 by the British.^ First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672.
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^ In 1672, the English arrived in the region, and annexed the Islands, removing the Dutch populations from Tortola in 1672, and from Anegada and Virgin Gorda in 1680.
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Economy

.The economy, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west and indeed the US dollar is the legal currency within the British Virgin Islands.^ The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.
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^ US Virgin Islands visa .
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^ British Virgin Islands visa .
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.The islands are highly dependent on tourism, generating an estimated 45% of the national income, together with the offshore financial industry.^ The economy, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is highly dependent on tourism, generating an estimated 45% of the national income.
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^ Since the 1960s, the Islands have diversified away from their traditionally agriculture based economy towards tourism and financial services, becoming one of the richest areas in the Caribbean.
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^ There are great beaches here, but the gem is Buck Island, an offshore U.S. National Park.

Get in

.Passport and visa regulations are enforced at harbors, especially for boats moving back and forth between the US and British territory.^ We went snorkeling off Eustatia Island, where there are two reefs you can anchor the dinghy in between and snorkel back and forth.

.US customs will tell you a certified birth certificate is acceptable, but as of June 2009, ferry operators can only take passport carrying US citizens or face a CBP.GOV $3,000 fine.^ Another way to fly is to go straight to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and take a ferry over to Tortola, clearing customs there.

^ And that's fine - but - we would be remiss if we didn't tell you that right under the surface, right along shore is one of the world's best snorkel spots for beginners.

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[1] US CBP.GOV offices in St. Thomas. [2]
Map of British Virgin Islands
Map of British Virgin Islands

By plane

.Most international flights into the BVIs involve changing planes in San Juan, Puerto Rico since the Beef Island airport is not set up for large planes.^ By the 1600's England had ended up with Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and the other islands that make up the present day BVI and the Danish had the other Virgin Islands (St.
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^ Flights: fly first to Barbados or San Juan on the best carrier for your situation, then to St. Vincent on Liat.

^ The analysis of the latest events in BVI and worldwide, affecting BVI business environment; facts and statistics on BVI International Business Companies involved in global business activities.
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.Other flights from Europe involve changing planes in Antigua or other Caribbean Islands.^ The Dutch, the French and the Danish also contributed elements to the island's culture, as have immigrants from the Arab world, India and other Caribbean islands.
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.Flights from the UK and mainland US often go to the US Virgin Islands and then require a fast boat transfer or, more usually, a 45 minute ferry boat ride.^ US Virgin Islands visa .
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^ British Virgin Islands visa for citizens of Canada is required for more information please contact the nearest British Virgin Islands embassy .
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^ Tourist Visa not required Business Visa not required British Virgin Islands tourist visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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By boat

.Boats move freely between the BVI and the US Virgin Islands.^ US Virgin Islands visa .
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^ British Virgin Islands abbreviation: BVI .
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^ Home About us Contact us News Updates Advanced search ›› Directory › Americas › British Virgin Islands › British Virgin Islands Overview Quick search ›› .
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A few cruise ships visit the major ports, but small vessels are more common.
The Tortola Ferry moves between Tortola and St. Thomas. .In actuality, there is a group of several different ferry companies that provide service between the two islands.^ We went snorkeling off Eustatia Island, where there are two reefs you can anchor the dinghy in between and snorkel back and forth.

^ The British Virgin Islands are a group of forty islands located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
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.These ferries are what connects the people of the British Virgin Islands with the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands visa .
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^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ British Virgin Islands abbreviation: BVI .
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The ferries link the city of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas with either Road Town or the West End of Tortola.
.The ferry is one of the more popular ways to reach Tortola from the U.S. This is due to the fact that Americans can reach Tortola via only one direct flight and then a short ferry ride.^ Tortola is one of the largest of the British Virgin Islands, and Beef Island is adjacent over a short bridge.

^ John, Lydia and Karin ferry over to Marina Cay for the Day, then back for one more night at the Hodges Creek Hotel, before taking the ferry to St. Thomas and their flights to the Metro NY area.

^ Then, one put us quite gently on the dock.` After provisioning, we headed the short way over to Manchioneel (man-chun-eel) Bay at Cooper Island.

This will no doubt save the traveler several hundred dollars, since a second flight would not be necessary.
You can catch one of the ferries, almost anytime of day. After 5:00 pm most of the services are shut down for the evening. The ride lasts about 50 minutes depending on the weather. The scenery is well worth the price of the ride.
Costs
  • One-way ranges from $25-$30 for adults, $19-$25 for children
  • Round-trip ranges from $45-$52 for adults, $30-$42 for children
Times
Vary greatly between companies. Some of the companies even alternate their schedules between themselves and another company. For a current list take a look at this page's ferry schedule [3].
Tips
.Many travelers find it easier to just buy two one-way tickets from different companies instead of one round-trip ticket with the same company.^ Not the same one, as we hit them at different spots.

^ This was early in the taxi ride, and just one example of many spectacular open-air views we were treated to there and back.

.Since ferries from different companies are coming and going constantly, you should be able to catch a ferry at any time during the day.^ We got back from the Baths in time to catch a full-scale squall on the ferry, and the ferry captain killed time by giving us a tour of the southeast corner of Gorda Sound.

Often times one company will be convenient upon arrival, but not upon departure. .Just check the schedule to find out if this will be the case for you, if not then by all means, buy the round-trip ticket and save a few bucks.^ Enjoyed a leisurely breakfast ashore; enjoyed the spectacular view for awhile more - you can too: check this out - .

^ Our trips prices average out at around $1500 per person, and are all-inclusive except for airfare, transfers, and a few dinners ashore.

^ They are, however, more photogenic than John, Dave and the Dockmaster...:-) For you beginners out there, "wing & wing" means sailing directly away from the wind.

Get around

By boat

A great way to see the islands is by boat. Sailboats and motorboats can be rented or chartered with a crew from any major harbor. .The conditions for sailing and motoring depend on the time of year and anchoring off islands can be tricky, so either be sure you know what you are doing or hire a crew.^ We went snorkeling off Eustatia Island, where there are two reefs you can anchor the dinghy in between and snorkel back and forth.

^ We offer special trips where you can not only get training while you sail and handle the vessel in all aspects, but also enjoy a proper vacation at the same time.

^ Norman Island, right off the dock (you can snorkel with these guys!

.If you are an experienced sailor, it doesn't get any better than the BVI. Line of sight sailing in moderate trade winds, no currents to speak of, barely any tides, and few underwater obstructions other than the shore itself make sailing around the islands very relaxing.^ Making history: quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt crosses the Atlantic Geoff Holt, 43, from Southampton, left Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on 10 December to sail 2700 miles (4345km) to the British Virgin Islands .
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^ INSTRUCTIONAL SAILING VACATIONS: British Virgin Islands, GREECE, and other exotic destinations .

^ They're almost a shadow currency, more availalabe in more places in the BVI than almost anything else you care to imagine.

.Road Town, on Tortola, is one of the principal centres for bareboating (self-hire yacht chartering) in the Caribbean.^ The Bitter End Yacht Club British Virgin Islands The Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, is one of the best places in the Caribbean to learn sailing.
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^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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^ British Virgin Islands Villas Caribbean Realty Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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.It is the headquarters of Sunsail Sailing Vacations [4] and Tortola Marine, located in the Road Reef Marina; Conch Charters [5], and The Moorings [6] which are three of the main charter boat companies operating out of Road Town/Road Harbor.^ Marina Cay is gorgeous with spectacular views down on its own large fringing reef, and the channel to Beef Island, and onward to Virgin Gorda, Tortola, etc.

^ The yacht is a Sunsail 43 with 4 cabins and two heads - an outstanding sailing vessel which we've chartered before (and a Premier Yacht, less than 2 years old).

^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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.Ten minutes from Road Harbour is Nanny Cay Marina where you can find Horizon Yacht Charters [7] and The Catamaran Company [8].^ Nanny Cay Marina and Hotel .
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By car

.Cars can be rented on the larger islands such as Virgin Gorda and Tortola, but are obviously unnecessary on many islands where goat paths and foot trails are the main mode of transportation.^ A few of the British Virgin Islands feature low, flat topography, notably Anegada and its surrounding islands to the northeast of the main island of Tortola , as they are composed of limestone and coral rather than volcanic rock.
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^ Magnitude 2.7 - VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION 13 km (8 miles) NNE (26°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands ; 47 km (29 miles) NNE (23°) from Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands ; 49 km (31 miles) N (350°) from West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands ...
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^ Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas British Virgin Islands Long Bay Beach Resort and Villas, Tortola, fronts gorgeous Long Bay Beach and more than a mile of white sand.
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.There is one scooter for rent on Jost Van Dyke.^ There are some very interesting spots scattered around for nightlife, too, such as Bomba's Shack on Tortola, Foxy's and Sydney's Peace & Love on Jost Van Dyke, and others.

^ This is at Foxy's in Jost Van Dyke, a lively and legendary night spot with great table fare.

^ (The Painkiller is the unofficial "official" drink of he BVI, invented at Jost Van Dyke.

See

.Nature is the main attraction in the islands, with coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and scenic seaside villages the main draw.^ Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas British Virgin Islands Long Bay Beach Resort and Villas, Tortola, fronts gorgeous Long Bay Beach and more than a mile of white sand.
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^ It has great snorkeling a short dinghy ride away at the Coral Gardens, and sometimes right off the beach, as there's a large fringing reef surrounding much of the island.

^ Lying north of the main chain and mostly surrounded by large coral reefs, Anegada has its own atmosphere and magic, with spectacular swimming, snorkeling and diving on the north side of the island.

.Other attractions include historic villages, churches, and, if the sun is too much for you, a museum in Road Town, the shady Botanic Gardens or the rain forest on Sage Mountain in Tortola.^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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^ British Virgin Islands Villas Caribbean Realty Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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  • Sail
.The Virgin Islands is the most popular area for a sailing vacation in the Caribbean.^ British Virgin Islands Travel Guide The islands of the Caribbean are pretty much identical when it comes to shopping potential, and the British Virgin Islands are no exception.
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^ We normally sail the BVI (British Virgin Islands) in January, but we occasionally visit other locations for variety.

^ INSTRUCTIONAL SAILING VACATIONS: British Virgin Islands, GREECE, and other exotic destinations .

This is a first-timers paradise, since the islands are close together and well protected from the Atlantic. .You wake up to sunshine and a blue sky, choose the cruising target of the day by pointing on a nearby island and set sail in a comfortable trade wind.^ Tourist Visa not required Business Visa not required British Virgin Islands tourist visa is not required for citizens of Canada for a stay up to 90 days.
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^ When you're done, you'll probably wind up with Basic Cruising or Bareboat Charter certification, depending on your prior experience and how much you pursue it on the trip.

^ Unlike too many schools these days, we won't sell you an unrealistic or impossible goal: learning to sail in a week on a large cruising boat.

.There are many yacht charter companies and marinas in the British Virgin Islands.^ British Virgin Islands 2005 .
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^ Over 40 per cent of the world’s offshore companies (550,000) were created in the British Virgin Islands making it one of the most prosperous economies of the Caribbean region.
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^ The British Virgin Islands were first settled by the Dutch in 1648, before being acquired by England in 1666.
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  • Scuba diving
.The BVIs are home to the wreck of 'The Rhone', which served as the site for the underwater scenes in the 1977 Nick Nolte/Jackie Bisset/Robert Shaw flick 'The Deep'. The Rhone is the best-known and most often visited dive site in the islands.^ We normally sail the BVI (British Virgin Islands) in January, but we occasionally visit other locations for variety.

^ The Best of the British Virgin Islands: An Indispensable Guide for Anyone Visiting Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Cooper, Guana, and All Other BVI Destinations .
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Lying just west of Salt Island, the Rhone is a former Royal Mail Steamer that sank in a hurricane on October 29, 1867. A spectacularly large 310 ft (94 metres) steamer in her previous life, she's now a three-site dive, with each chunk resting at varying depths, from 20 to 80 ft (6 to 24 metres).
  • Fishing
.It is illegal for non-British Virgin Islanders to remove any marine organism from BVI waters without a recreational permit.^ We normally sail the BVI (British Virgin Islands) in January, but we occasionally visit other locations for variety.

^ Tortola, Virgin Gorda real estate for sale, BVI properties: British Virgin Islands Realtors .
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^ Houses, property, land for sale in British Virgin Islands - listings of British Virgin Islands Real Estate companies, all BVI realtors.
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A permit is available for charterers who intend to fish while in the BVI. The cost is $35 ($10 application fee; $25 for the permit). .This TEMPORARY FISHING PERMIT can be obtained from the Department of Conservation and Fisheries: Department of Conservation and Fisheries, The Quastisky Building PO Box 3323 Road Town, Tortola.^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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^ British Virgin Islands Villas Caribbean Realty Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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Tel: (284) 494-5681/3429 or (284) 468-3701 ex. 5555/1 Fax: (284) 494-2670 E-Mail: cfd@bvigovernment.org The government office closes early on Friday afternoons and doesn’t reopen until Monday morning. For charterers arriving on the weekend, it may be a couple of days before you can get a permit. .When you arrive for your charter, check with the local staff for advice on obtaining a permit.^ Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to British Virgin Islands.
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  • Surfing
Several beaches offer surf-oriented breaks, including Josiah's and Apple Bay.
  • Windsurfing
The annual "HiHo" windsurfing race-cum-travel-tour is held on or around the 4th of July weekend. For a week, internationally renowned competitors participate in formal course racing. Recognized as "One of the 100 top BVI adventures" by the BVI Tourist Board, the HiHo fleet is easily recognized by the distinctive event and sponsor flags flown by the charter fleet. .The event generally stops for a day or two at Virgin Gorda, a night on Anegada, one or two nights around Tortola and finishes with a day of racing around the area of Sandy Cay, west of Jost van Dyke.^ There are some very interesting spots scattered around for nightlife, too, such as Bomba's Shack on Tortola, Foxy's and Sydney's Peace & Love on Jost Van Dyke, and others.

^ Day 3 Breakfast aboard on the mooring at Virgin Gorda.

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Participants join in a fifteen-mile ocean dash from the waters around Necker or Gorda directly to Anegada. .This event is unusual in that Anegada, a low-lying island, only becomes visible to someone at ocean-level during the last five miles of the race.^ It's flat as a pancake except for trees, and with a maximum elevation only 28 feet, it can't be seen when at sea level in the rest of the Virgin Islands.

Buy

.The main shopping area on Tortola is Wickham's Cay in Road Town.^ Smiths Gore Overseas Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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^ British Virgin Islands Villas Caribbean Realty Limited, Road Town, Tortola .
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Main Street is a small, winding road leading from the Post Office to the Botanic Gardens. The shops on this road are housed in small, West Indian houses and often painted in bright colours, notably Serendipity Bookshop, perhaps the brightest of them all, which has a good collection of Caribbean history and cook books (and now has an internet cafe upstairs). .Notable shops include Pussers, a small department store with a popular bar and restaurant, Sunny Caribbee selling spices and handmade items mostly from Haiti and the UK, and Latitude 18 which sells casual beach clothes.^ There's one beach restaurant/bar, so it's hard to miss.

^ Marina Cay is a small island with a very nice restaurant/bar.

^ There's a restaurant and bar, an "English" pub, gift shop, etc.

Next to the historic post office is Amethyst selling imported African and Indian items, Samarkand jewellery shop and across the road Kaunda's, where you can find Caribbean music.
Additionally, near the cruise ship dock is a branch of Columbian Emeralds jewellery store and opposite it, the Craft Market which despite its name sells mostly t-shirts and jewellery, clothes and other goods imported from Florida, Panama and St. Maarten. Island crafts genuinely made in the BVI are limited to crocheted items, straw hats, rum and guavaberry liqueur and can be found in the craft market. The vendors' market next to the cruise ship dock itself is mostly low-end t-shirts and tacky souvenirs - perhaps the only place in the BVI where bargaining is expected.
On the rest of the island there are a number of pharmacies, supermarkets, variety stores and jewellery shops. .Shoprite in East End and OneMart in Purcell offer good variety of food at better prices than in Road Town although Bobby's supermarket in Road Town, Cane Garden Bay and Nanny Cay has good prices and is open till midnight 364 days a year (closed Good Friday).^ Local dinner at Fat Hog Bob's, which tastes a lot better than it sounds, named after the bay around the corner (Fat Hog Bay).

.There is no need to find a speciality liquor outlet if you simply want a couple of bottles of wine, beer or rum as supermarket prices are excellent, rum is from $3 a bottle.^ There are myriad caves and tidal pools to explore on foot, and you can often find a spot to sit right down in the gentle pools and relax.

If you are buying quantity or looking for speciality rums, Tico is an excellent store.
.On Beef Island, near the airport, is the pretty Trellis Bay, this offers a selection of cafes, tourist shops and a very expensive supermarket.^ British Virgin Islands Travel Guide The islands of the Caribbean are pretty much identical when it comes to shopping potential, and the British Virgin Islands are no exception.
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^ Airport codes: for Beef Island: EIS. For St. Thomas: STB or STT - double check with your carrier.

^ Dave and John took the dinghy over to Trellis Bay, at Beef Island, for an excursion and also to re-fill the coffers (ATM) before dinner.

Do not look for bargains in this area! .However, both the Loose Mongoose beach cafe and the Last Resort restaurant on its very own miniature island are worth trying.^ Marina Cay is a small island with a very nice restaurant/bar.

^ We cut that short and had drinks - very good ones - at the Big Bamboo, one of the oldest restaurant/bars on the Island.

^ Spice Island Beach Resort .

Shopping on Anegada is limited to basic necessities plus two gift shops at the hotel and camp ground. .Similarly, on Jost van Dyke there are a few gift shops but little else.^ There are some very interesting spots scattered around for nightlife, too, such as Bomba's Shack on Tortola, Foxy's and Sydney's Peace & Love on Jost Van Dyke, and others.

^ (The Painkiller is the unofficial "official" drink of he BVI, invented at Jost Van Dyke.

^ This is at Foxy's in Jost Van Dyke, a lively and legendary night spot with great table fare.

.Virgin Gorda has a supermarket in the marina and gift shops in the resorts.^ Marina Cay is gorgeous with spectacular views down on its own large fringing reef, and the channel to Beef Island, and onward to Virgin Gorda, Tortola, etc.

Eat

Inevitably, seafood is the dish of choice for most people. Lobster and various fish are available from the small restaurants. There are many restaurants throughout the islands varying from rotis and curries from Guyana and Trinidad to Italian, French and Asian.
The BVI is sponsoring an event titled "Taste the BVI" during the Annapolis Sailboat Show in Maryland, USA. Notable participating BVI chefs include: Ken Molyneaux, Imran Ashton, Henry Prince, and Neil Cline.

Drink

Rum, not surprisingly, is the drink of choice in the islands. Rum punch and other concoctions can be found at bars on the main beaches and roads. Most beaches do not have any refreshment stands so it would be wise to bring at least water. The "Pain Killer" is highly recommended, as is the Bushwacker. However, each bar has its own specialty drinks and rum punch in one bar may not be like rum punch in any other one. One drink to be careful with is the No-See-Um, a refreshing banana, coconut and pineapple long drink made with 151 proof rum.
There is plenty of Nightlife around Road Town, although only tourist places are advertised - ask a local for what is on where. Live local music is a feature of many restaurants and bars. The sunsets are spectacular, so a drink on the beach or in the mountains, watching the sunset and listening to local music before dinner can be a very pleasant vacation from the usual club-based entertainment of most mainlanders. Banana Keets Restaurant offers the best sunset of the BVI. Its terrace overlooks Sage Mountain and there is a swimming pool. It is possible to go there for happy hour. Expats tend to hang out in Road Town, at the Dove, le Cabanon, or Village Cay. These places are full on Fridays. Do not miss the Full Moon Party at Bomba Shack. This bar is famous for its walls where panties and bras are hanging, old licence plates are affixed to the walls as well as many other rubbish.

Sleep

If you're renting a boat, you already have your bed too, but for landlubbers, the larger islands offer resorts, budget bungalows, and a few things in between. To get off the beaten path you really will need to be seaworthy.

Get out

.Island hop to the US Virgin Islands and the rest of the Caribbean islands.^ The British Virgin Islands comprise of around sixty Caribbean islands and islets which are typically hilly, rugged and thickly vegetated.
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^ British Virgin Islands Travel Guide The islands of the Caribbean are pretty much identical when it comes to shopping potential, and the British Virgin Islands are no exception.
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