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British Virgin Islands holidays
Things to do in British Virgin Islands include exploring many tropical islands; the best way is to sail.
Comprising around sixty tropical islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands are located in the Virgin Islands archipelago. At 19km long and 5km wide, Tortola is the largest, followed by Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. All can easily be visited from just one base.
Virgin Gorda is perhaps the best known of the islands, with gorgeous scenery and its stylish resort hotels and villas offering true barefoot luxury. From here you can take a short boat ride to Tortola, the largest of the islands, where the capital of Road Town is filled with markets, boutiques and restaurants.
Privately owned Peter Island, one of the so-called 'out islands', is the fifth-largest and lies off the south coast of Tortola.
Low-lying Anegada, easily reached by a ferry ride, is the only coral island in the British Virgin Islands and has the most beautiful beaches and reefs. Nature lovers will enjoy seeing rock iguanas or spotting the flamingoes in the salt ponds bird sanctuary.
Meanwhile, little Jost Van Dyke, just a few kilometers northwest of Tortola, is known for its laid-back, party atmosphere, great cuisine and ruined sugar mills.
The warm trade winds provide for some excellent sailing, whether you would rather sit back and admire the view or take to the sail yourself. The clear water, sunshine and amazing views make this a rewarding endeavor regardless.
All the islands have pristine beaches and crystal waters, with Anegada's shoreline offering some of the best opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Sunbathing or snorkelling in the clear waters of The Baths, a collection of huge boulders on Virgin Gorda, is a popular attraction. White Bay on Jost Van Dyke offers an amazing beach and provides easy access to Great Harbour, where food and drink are aplenty.
The Copper Mine National Park on Virgin Gorda is a popular place to see the ruins of the mine, and to visit for a picnic with stunning sea views. Keen walkers should visit the Sage Mountain National Park on Tortola, which offers a network of paths through lush vegetation with views over the surrounding islands.
Steeped in the history of the British Navy, the islands are ringed by shipwrecks. The most famous is the RMS Rhone, now a national marine park.
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