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British Virgin Islands

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he British Virgin Islands are an archipelago of forty emerald islands where you will find several yacht charter companies providing sailing vacations on private yachts. What make the BVI so addictive are the numerous cays, crystal clear waters and the Caribbean people. Just east of Puerto Rico, the BVI consists of roughly 49 islands, which contain small cays and coves. Most of these islands are uninhabited. The largest island is Tortola where you will most likely begin your sailing Vacation and the other main islands are Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. Though internationally renowned as a sailing paradise, the islands have preserved their relaxed West Indian charm. Hidden anchorages and pristine dive sites abound in this unspoiled corner of the world. Come discover these timeless treasures for yourself.

There are hundreds of destinations for those seeking solitude and beauty afloat, but the cruising area of the British Virgin Islands is the archetype — considered to be the ideal example; quintessence. Because of the close proximity of the beautiful anchorages, clear warm water, the ever present trade winds and the friendly Virgin Islanders, all other cruising grounds are measured against the BVI. This makes the BVI the ideal choice for first time as well as the experienced sailor.

An adventure awaits everyday. Sail the Sir Francis Drake Channel on a traditional sailboat, catamaran or motor yacht, snorkel and swim at the infamous Treasure Island you may have read about in history books and dive at the wreck of the Rhone. You might even be lucky enough to find hidden treasure!

diving

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enowned as one of the top diving and snorkeling centers in the world, the warm waters of the BVI provide great visibility and a colorful show. The Wreck of the Rhone is a mecca for scuba enthusiasts, used in the filming of "The Deep" it is regarded by many as the best wreck dive in the western hemisphere. You can arrange rendezvous dives with one of the local dive companies. They will meet up with your yacht and take you to one of the many recognized dive sites in the area.

Small map of BVI. (Click map to see a larger map of BVI).

west indies location

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he British Virgin Islands are situated at Latitude / Longitude 18° 30N, 64° 30W. Part of the West Indies, the BVI is just east of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Outstanding sailing, perfect winds and sunshine set BVI apart!

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restaurants  &
entertainment

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here are countless restaurants throughout the islands and the quality varies as it does anywhere in the world. The difference is the ambience is always graced by the local charm and inviting atmosphere. Though mostly Caribbean cuisine, the menus do not limit your palette. One can find Italian, Chinese and an array of other dishes on the islands.

Enjoy live music while dining at most Caribbean restaurants!

Live music can be found at most restaurants, such as Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke and Quito's on Tortola's Cane Garden Bay.

Sailing the British Virgin Islands.
BVI has spectacular scenery and absolutely ideal sailing conditions!

culture

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t's always a celebration in the BVI and there's always a party to be found!


Full moons are a call for celebration in the British Virgin Islands. The Bomba Shack in Apple Bay was the first to celebrate the occasion. Try the Bomba Punch! However, be forewarned that this party draws an adult crowd. Another hotspot for celebrating the full moon is at Trellis Bay on the east end of Tortola. It is just a 2 minute walk from the airport. This caters to the entire family as it begins early in the evening with a barbeque on the beach and features fireballs lit in the sea a few feet from shore. Enjoy steel drum music and local Mucho Jumbies (men dancing on stilts). This is good entertainment for the young and young at heart.

There is a festival in August celebrating the emancipation of the people of the Virgin Islands. On the first Monday in August, one can enjoy a parade through Road Town with people dressed in elaborately adorned costumes.

Come make your own celebration in the BVI!

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A fancy costume at the August festival. Another statement in purple in one of the August carnival parades. Spectacular parades, with sun and fun defines the BVI carnival! Beautiful costumes adorn the paraders at the August festival. Beautiful costumes adorn the paraders at the August festival. Elaborate and stunning costumes are showcased at the August festival. Beautiful costumes adorn the paraders at the August festival. Join the celebration at the BVI August festival with Blue Odyssey Yachts!
Carnival time in the British Virgin Islands.
Carnival time in BVI!

currency

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he currency used is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and grocery stores. Some small neighborhood stores rather cash only or has a minimum charge on credit cards. Taxis are also cash only as well as a few restaurants on Anegada. There are some banks and ATM's on the larger Islands such as Tortola and Virgin Gorda, an ATM can also be found on Jost Van Dyke at Captain Tony's grocery store in Great Harbour, just to the left of the Customs and immigration office.

On the way to an unforgettable vacation adventure.

getting there

One way to get around in the BVI!

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here are several ways to get to the British Virgin Islands (besides that shown above). The most common method is to fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico and take a 30 minute commuter flight to Beef Island, Tortola airport (EIS).

Another option is to fly into St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands and take the 45 minute ferry to West End or Road Town, Tortola. There are several ferry operators between the two territories and the schedule (subject to change) can be viewed here.

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