The British Virgin Islands are part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and one of the British Overseas Territories. These islands lie in the Caribbean Sea to the east of Puerto Rico. There are four main islands which are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Josh Van Dyk and more than 50 smaller islands and cays. Some of the islands are privately owned, for example Mosquito and Necker Island are owned by Sir Richard Branson.
A haunt for pirates in the 17th century, the British Virgin Islands was sought after by the Dutch, Spanish, Danish and French but was eventually dominated by the British by the 19th century. Tortola is the largest island and the entire British Virgin Islands covers an area of 59 square miles (153 square km). The islands see balmy tropical weather throughout the year with rains picking up from September to November. Hurricane season runs from June to September so do check the weather forecasts before planning a trip.
Besides being an established offshore financial center, the British Virgin Islands is also a popular tourist destination. The islands see a lot of visitors via cruise ship and is also a renowned sailing destination. In March or April every year, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival take place. Besides sailing, the islands also offer scuba diving, snorkeling, beaches and happening nightlife.
Rent a boat and head out for a sailing trip or visit during the BVI Spring Regatta to see the races. Relax on beaches and enjoy the nightlife and various dining options. If at Virgin Gorda, explore on foot and snorkel around The Baths National Park.
Fly to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico and take connecting ferries to the other islands. There are also interisland flights available on small airlines like Air America, Air Sunshine, Caribbean Wings or helicopters, seaplanes and chartered flights.