The British Virgin Islands is a tropical escape that has become a destination location for weddings, anniversaries, family holidays and just to get away and relax in a true paradise.
As part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the British Virgin Islands are in the same area and visible from the U.S Virgin Islands. At Blue Mystic Charters, we are able to provide transportation within and between the US and the British Virgin Islands, which makes for an easy way to see the sites in luxury with one of a kind transportation.
The British Virgin Islands travel guide we have put together focusses on the main islands of Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke as well as Anegada. However, there are over 50 different smaller islands, with just about a third of these uninhabited, which surround the main islands. This number also includes cays, which are small flat sand islands located on the top of coral reefs.
In our British Virgin Islands travel guide, we want to give you an idea of what to see and do when you are here for the first time. Our highly trained staff on any of our yachts will be able to provide you with directions and specifics, including some great ideas for restaurants and entertainment on the islands.
The island of Tortola is the largest of the Islands, and it is approximately 12 miles long and about 3 miles wide. The bulk of the population of the British Virgin Islands lives on Tortola, with 23,500 living on this Island and the other approximately 5000 citizens and residents living scattered over the other smaller islands.
When visiting any of the islands, the beaches are a must see. They are famous for their fine white sand, warm blue waters and the amazing array of snorkeling, diving, swimming, surfing and fishing available. There is a very good mixture of popular and busy beaches as well as more secluded, private beaches perfect for a romantic day or a day at the beach for the whole family.
Apple Bay tends to be one of the beaches where visitors and residents gather. There are restaurants and hotels along the beach offering wonderful food and great outdoor music and entertainment. It is a must see place in our British Virgin Islands travel guide.
For a more out of the way location visit Smuggler’s Cove, a great place to spot sea turtles and some of the most beautiful marine life in this area of the world. Surf is often up at Josiah’s Bay Beach, which is very close to restaurants and accommodation.
While here plan to take in the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Callwood’s Rum Distillery, and the J.R O’Neal Botanical Gardens, as well as the Sage Mountain National Park. If you are feeling energetic climb to the top of Sage Mountain, the highest point in the Virgin Islands, where you will have an amazing view of all the Virgin Islands.
Jost Van Dyke
Reported to be named for a pirate turned settler, Jost Van Dyke is a beautiful, natural and rural type of island. It is just four miles by three, and there are less than 300 full-time residents of this paradise.
Great Harbour is the place to be, and you can rent a dinghy to take part in snorkeling and swimming. There are many restaurants and bars that look out over the beach, all designed to be casual and relaxing to enjoy a meal or an evening. You can even visit the iconic Foxy’s Bar, which is known throughout the Caribbean for its New Year’s Eve events.
White Bay Beach offers terrific bars, most notably the Soggy Dollar, and restaurants as well along the sand, plus there is a snorkeling reef that is great for beginners or more experienced swimmers. There are also guest cabins and a campground at White Bay.
There are trails on the island that take you on walks through old sugar mills now in ruins, and travel to the Bubbly Pool in Diamond Cay, which is a small national park. Bubby Pool allows you to enjoy the incoming tide in a protected natural pool.
Another must see cay in our British Virgin Islands travel guide is just off of Jost Van Dyke. It is called Great Tobago and is a marine sanctuary as well as one of the top three sites for nesting seabirds in the Caribbean.
Virgin Gorda is best known for upscale resorts, private villas and its natural beauty. There are five different beaches on this island as well as six different National Parks.
Devil’s Bay is a popular beach in the national park of the same name. It has beautiful white sand, palm trees and huge granite boulders that give the beach a distinctive look. It is a great place for snorkeling and diving or just relaxing and watching the ever-changing scenery.
For an amazing panoramic look of the island and the surround waters, visit Gorda Peak National Park. You can hike to the lookout and spend some time looking at the natural plants, animals and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds in this protected area.
A must see on Virgin Gorda is known as The Baths National Park. This is just off of Devil’s Bay, and it is a very special place in the Caribbean. Huge boulders, some as large as 40 or more feet in diameter, are a result of molten rock cooling under the sand and then being gradually exposed and worn away. They have formed and created natural pools which are amazing to explore.
While our guides and charter staff will recommend some of the other smaller islands based on your interests, our British Virgin Islands travel guide wouldn’t be complete without the recommendation to visit Anegada.
All the Virgin Islands are created by volcanos except Anegada, which is the only coral island. Here you will have several beaches to enjoy, all which are protected by the Horseshoe Reef and other reefs which are perfect for snorkeling and diving. The island itself has a high point of just 28 feet above sea level and is eleven miles long and three miles across.
You can tour the Main Town’s Settlement stone walls, or marvel at the Arawak conch burial mounds on the East End. We also recommend taking a walk on any of the trails on the island to see wild orchids and frangipani, as well as take in the beauty of the sea lavender. Hiking the trail on Bones Bight may give you the rare chance to see the native rock iguanas, which is truly an amazing sight to see.
If you need any assistance in where to go and what to see when spending time in the BVI, our staff is always ready to provide you with ideas and suggestions tailored to your interests.