Road Town
United States Dollar
Flight time
14 hours and 25 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT -4 hours
best time to go

Introducing British Virgin Islands

For breath-taking beaches, balmy waters, the promise of great weather, and a collection of sleepy islands and secluded cays, the British Virgin Islands has to be your next holiday destination. Encompassing more than 50 islands spread across a vast 1,000 square miles and home to some of the most luxurious hotels and extravagant resorts in the world, the British Virgin Islands is one of the most desirable destinations in the world. This volcanic archipelago might be a British overseas territory but in just about every way, the nation is distinctively Caribbean; for some, there might be a small sense of familiarity and the ease of the English tongue plus you may even stumble upon a few bars offering fish and chips but other than that, there’s nothing overtly British here. So if you’re looking for an exotic Caribbean getaway that’s as far away from home as it is from the reality of daily life, look no further than the incredible BVI.

Spend your time on Tortola Island to sunbathe on the white sand beaches including the famous Smuggler’s Cove, get active in Virgin Gorda and go scuba diving along the reef-lined shores, head to Jost Van Dyke for some sailing or camping with the whole family, eat fresh lobster in Anegada and watch the birdlife from Nutmeg Point, head to Diamond Cay to explore the pretty marina, or take a day trip to the uninhabited island of Prickly Pear for its secluded beaches. There’s plenty to do here for those who love an adventure, but the BVI is just as great for those who simply want to do nothing at all. Come to the British Virgin Islands, bring the whole family and find your own little piece of paradise in the Caribbean.


The British Virgin Islands is an attractive holiday destination for kids. Although there aren’t a huge amount of children’s attractions such as play centres and theme parks, the amazing natural surroundings will provide a wonderful playground for curious kids. Explore the granite boulders and sheltered pools of The Baths for safe and easy paddling, go snorkelling in the sea caves of Norman Island, go kayaking in the calm bays, charter a yacht with the whole family, or spend your afternoons collecting sea shells and conch shells from the beach. There’s so much to do and so much to see, and with no language barriers in the BVI, getting around, shopping and eating out should be extremely easy.


Food in the British Virgin Islands is very much centred around fish and seafood – always caught fresh and always full of flavour! The most popular seafood is lobster, with the Anegada lobster holding the reputation of being the finest around and other seafood eaten here include snappers, whelks, mussels, shark and conch. Other than fish chowders, conch stew and mussel pie, traditional menus will often include spiced meat pate, roti (East Indian flat bread), Fungi (cornmeal and okra dish) and a wide selection of tasty local fruits such as papaya, mango, pineapple, soursop, sugar apple and passion fruit. Many hotel restaurants also offer continental menus or buffet style dining options so for families travelling with fussy children, there will always be something to eat. All hotels add a 10% – 12% service charge to the bill automatically so you won’t need to leave a tip but if you are eating out elsewhere, be sure to check the receipt to see if this has been added.

History and Culture

The history of the British Virgin Islands can be defined by five key periods; The Pre-Columbian Amerindian settlement, the Nascent European settlement, British rule (1672 to 1834), the era of Emancipation (1834 to 1950), and the modern day. The centuries have seen the Spanish, British, Dutch, French and Danish compete for control over the BVI and today, the culture of the islands takes on these European influences whilst still have very distinct cultural features of its own. British Virgin Islanders reflect many traditions and customs of Britain and the population are mainly Christian (including Methodist, Anglican and Roman Catholic). Today, the islands boast a vibrant culture and the people are often described as friendly yet reserved. Education is valued highly in the BVI and many travellers will find Islanders to be warm and hospitable.

Top Locations in British Virgin Islands

Tortola Island
Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands and it is best known for its yachts and charters, its spectacular beaches, and being home to the BVI capital, Road Town. The best beaches to check out are Cane Garden Bay, the popular Smuggler’s Cove which is great for snorkel enthusiasts, Brewers Bay, Long Bay West and the surf heaven of Apple Bay. In the island’s southern region, you will also find Sage Mountain National Park, a beautiful forested area with a number of nature walks and hiking trails.
The only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ volcanic chain, Anegada is a spectacular place to scuba dive and snorkel. Come and see the different marine life including stingrays, parrot fish, needle fish and bonefish or spend your time exploring the wildlife on land. Bird watch from Nutmeg Point or take a walk on the nature trail at Bones Bight. And whatever you do, don’t forget to taste the infamous Anegada lobster – it’s the best lobster in the Caribbean!
Virgin Gorda
Virgin Gorda is the second most populated island in the BVI and there’s plenty to do here. Come to Virgin Gorda for gorgeous beaches and crystal clear waters, amazing snorkel, rock climbing and bouldering activities, dazzling marinas lined with yachts and fun sailing activities for the whole family.
Jost Van Dyke
Honeymooners love it here and so do outdoor enthusiasts! Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands and it’s great for snorkelling and sailing – but it’s also very popular for camping. The White Bay camping site offers mind-blowing views and a great bar serving refreshments all day.
Prickly Pear
If you’re after total seclusion and a romantic little beach spot just for you and your loved one, take a day trip to the uninhabited island of Prickly Pear. This picturesque island offers a beautiful and pristine coastline, with the most incredible beaches and crystal clear waters for you to swim in. You won’t find much on the island other than beach – but there is a fantastic beach bar and grill where you can get refreshments from.

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