British Virgin Islands
The sailing capital of the Caribbean is also a prime destination for divers. Below the island's green hills and white sand beaches lie volcanic slopes encrusted in hard corals and festooned with undulating groves of colorful sea fans and sponges. Currents are mild, fish life abundant and the logistics are easy. Laid-back beach resorts launch boat trips to local reefs, or visits to one of the Caribbean's most storied wrecks: the RMS Rhone. A liveaboard option combines sailing and diving on an island-hopping itinerary, while a no-anchor policy protects prime sites. Surface intervals are livened up by iconic beach bars that encourage a barefoot and fancy free approach to life.