British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Travel Guide

The Scene: Don't let the name scare you off. Sure, legend has it Blackbeard marooned 15 mutinous men nearby and it didn't end pretty (rum and a sword were involved), but that just makes this Caribbean hideaway more interesting.

Eldred Williams and David Archer sell hand-glazed lanterns and bowls at Bamboushay, a colorful wooden cottage just outside town.

Swimmers reach this natural whirlpool, formed when the surf breaks against rocky outcroppings, via a sage-dotted trail from Foxy's Taboo.

Virgin Gorda's main strip, Spanish Town, may be a who-cares-if-you-miss-it blip on the radar, but Margo's Jewellery Boutique is an enchanting discovery filled with baubles from India and Turkey.

Along this archipelago of 60 islands—most of them deserted—you can rent a yacht and drift away from civilization.

Yachtsmen stop in here for staples, but it’s also the place to put together a gourmet picnic lunch for the beach.

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.

Christina Washburn's Cantik Interiors also caters to the home. Best find: diaphanous shell-embedded curtains.

Insider head to this more obscue full-moon party hosted by the Trellis Bay Cyber Café and Aragorn's Studio. Expect the BVI's own fungi-style music, stilt-walking Moko Jumbies, and fire jugglers. The bash kicks off at 7 p.m.

The Scene: Just steps from the water's edge, this simple shack has walls covered with quirky sandcastle murals and only 10 wooden stools at the bar.

Don't miss the legendary full-moon parties at this island staple.

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.

On Saturdays, this renegade outdoor market appears in Spanish Town. Jewelry and sarong designers join forces with DJ's for a lively morning that stretches into the evening (care of more than a few rum punches).