British Virgin Islands
Things to do in British Virgin Islands
Adrenaline junkies looking for things to do in the British Virgin Islands will not lack options. Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay is a beautiful beach where you can rent jet skis, water skis, or go snorkeling, while the island’s Sage Mountain National Park is ideal for hikers. As the highest point in the US and British Virgin Islands, Sage Mountain offers spectacular views of the sea and all the islands.
For underwater adventures, head to Rhone Marine Park in Tortola, one of the most popular diving sites in the area. Explore the wreck of the Royal Mail Streamer, as well as sea grass beds and coral reefs. Snorkelers should not miss Anegada Island’s Loblolly Bay Beach or the Norman Island Caves, which are lined with orange cup coral and red sponge. And if you’re in the mood for a more relaxing experience, check out the Baths at Virgin Gorda. These giant boulders form an amazing grotto and peaceful pools in the shore. You can snorkel and climb, or just walk around and take in the view.
If you’re looking for things to do in the British Virgin Islands on your winter break, you should consider heading to Foxy’s Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke for New Year’s Eve. The bar’s Old Year’s Night has been named “best New Year’s Party in the world” and has been a tradition since the 60s.
Along this archipelago of 60 islands—most of them deserted—you can rent a yacht and drift away from civilization.
The Scene: If you're looking for a party, Foxy's is always raging with nonstop entertainment, whether you're listening to Foxy, the charming owner, spin one of his fascinating tales or rocking out to live music.
Don't miss the legendary full-moon parties at this island staple.
Under the watch of Tortola-born coppersmith Aragorn Dick-Read, Aragorn's Studio has grown from an art gallery into a burgeoning collective, where crafts-people teach basket weaving and coconut carving; a fruit depot sells native produce (soursops, sugar apples); and a shop carries handmade herbal
Set within a tropical refuge, the Mahogany Trail winds a quick 300 yards up to the summit of Mount Sage. At 1,716 feet, it’s the highest point in the Virgin Islands—and the best place to watch the sun set.
Eldred Williams and David Archer sell hand-glazed lanterns and bowls at Bamboushay, a colorful wooden cottage just outside town.
Yachtsmen stop in here for staples, but it’s also the place to put together a gourmet picnic lunch for the beach.
Christina Washburn's Cantik Interiors also caters to the home. Best find: diaphanous shell-embedded curtains.
Located near the yacht harbor in Spanish Town, the shop sells treasures from the sea—starfish, shells, and coins found in shipwrecks from the days of buccaneers.
In the Old Customs House, interior decorator Jillian Dunlop runs Hucksters, a well-edited housewares boutique.
The island's most famous beach is a series of small coves. Its many granite boulders look like marbles tossed into the blue bay. Tip: go early or late in the day to avoid crowds.
Swimmers reach this natural whirlpool, formed when the surf breaks against rocky outcroppings, via a sage-dotted trail from Foxy's Taboo.