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British Islands Guide

Island hopping in the British Virgin Islands is truly the vacation of a lifetime. Want to know where to get started? Here’s your guide to the many bays, islands, and islets most loved by travel enthusiasts. So grab your passport, rent a boat, and spend the day exploring.

Jost Van Dyke

Visit the sparsely populated, mountainous, and beautiful island of Jost Van Dyke. Spend the day snorkeling the waters off White Bay around islets like Sandy Cay and Green Cay. And then bring your wet money in to the beautiful sandy beach of White Bay for a Painkiller. It’s the island way, and it’s a Soggy Dollar bar namesake tradition. Grab a bite to eat at Diamond Cay and visit the bubbly pool phenomenon.


Next, hop over to Tortola. Snorkel some of the world’s largest reefs offshore. Peruse the rich hiking trails. Join surfers at Cane Garden Bay and Apple Bay on the north shore. Watch the sailboats of Trellis Bay. Get some sun on the delightful beaches of Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay Beach. Eat, shop, and explore to your heart’s content among the restaurants and unique local craft shops in the village. Take an exhilarating tour of the islands by going windsurfing or parasailing. Or for those who like to just watch the water sports, there’s plenty of opportunities to kick back in the sun and sand and take in the gorgeous scenery, too.

Beef Island

Head over to Beef Island’s Trellis Bay and grab a bite to eat at Red Rock Restaurant & Bar. Or sample the sumptuous seafood and Caribbean fare at The Island Last Resort. Be sure to stop by Bellamy Cay, a tiny islet named after pirate “Black Sam” Bellamy.

Scrub Island

Boat up to the marina for your choice of casual eating or gourmet dining. Book a facial, get a much-needed massage, dine on lobster, and escape all your worries at the beachfront luxury resort on this private island.

Norman Island

Reputed to be one of the islands that inspired Treasure Island, Norman Island is shrouded in mystery. Legend holds that pirate gold is begging to be found in treasure troves hidden among bays and caves.

Marina Cay

Explore the tiny Marina Cay, and imagine it’s your own desert island. Enjoy the quiet found everywhere on this eight-acre paradise.

Cooper Island

Want to dive underwater shipwrecks? Cooper Island is the place to go. Afterward, wander the boardwalk for shopping, drinks, and dining.

Virgin Gorda

Hit up the Baths, an intoxicating world of towering boulders, hidden grottoes, and swirling pools to explore. Take off your sandals and trek the white beach of Devil’s Bay, wading in the shallow, crystal clear water. Shop the boutiques in the harbor, and dine at an outdoor café in Spanish Town.

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Guide to the British Virgin Islands was last modified: June 4th, 2024 by admin