Neighboring their American siblings, the British Virgin Islands—comprised of roughly 60 isles, cays, and uninhabited juts of land—were once the stomping ground of pirates. Today, it’s cruise ships that dominate the waters near the main island of Tortola, and to a lesser extent, Virgin Gorda. But travelers venturing farther afield will be treated to some of the most tranquil corners of the Caribbean, from Anegada to Richard Branson’s Necker Island. The best mode of travel? By sailboat, of course.
Chartering a private catamaran (more steady than a mono-keel) and anchoring wherever and whenever you like.
Sipping a rum drink at one of the breezy beachside bars on Jost Van Dyke.
Exploring “The Baths,” the dramatic waterside rock formations on Virgin Gorda.