British Virgin Islands Travel Guide

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More than 60 islands –some of them uninhabited and declared national parks– make up this Caribbean archipelago, a paradise of lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and bright turquoise waters. You can visit the British Virgin Islands as a part of your cruise itinerary, or dedicate your entire trip to one of the most beautiful and gorgeous islands, like Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke or Anegada. Let our British Virgin Islands travel guide help you plan a dream tropical vacation.

Things Not to Miss in the British Virgin Islands

• Go water-skiing in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
 • Dive at the impressive Rhone National Marine Park
 • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the legendary Old Year's Night at Foxy's Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke
 • Snorkel at Anegada Island’s Loblolly Bay Beach
 • Explore Sage Mountain National Park in Tortola

When to Go to the British Virgin Islands

Most visitors travel to the British Virgin Islands between September and November, but winter is still a great time to visit, too –New Year’s is a particularly popular holiday for many travelers. Skies are sunny, and temperatures stay between the 60s and 70s, plus diving conditions are excellent and remain that way until the spring. Underwater visibility declines during the summer, though, so keep that in mind if you plan to dive or snorkel.


  • 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.

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