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British Virgin Islands Holidays

The endless skies, the miles of golden sandy bays, the gin-clear azure waters, The British Virgin Islands lives up to its motto - Nature’s Little Secret. A holiday in the British Virgin Islands, an archipelago of 60 sun-soaked islands in the northeastern Caribbean, is brimming with adventure.

The Natural wonders of The British Virgin Islands

Tortola is known as the British Virgin Islands’ sailing hub. Boats line the island’s marina, waiting for crews to embark on an adventure. Beaches are never more than a few miles away and are framed by verdant hills. Mount Sage is the highest peak in the BVIs and a hike to its summit offers breathtaking views over Tortola and its surrounding islands.

Another major British Virgin Island to explore on holiday is Virgin Gorda. Here, the must-see sight is The Baths National Park, with its colossal granite megaliths. These magnificent giant volcanic boulders create a network of grottos, arches and tide pools right at the water’s edge.

One thing that helps the British Virgin Islands retain their moniker as Nature’s Little Secret is the lack of direct flights from the UK. This also makes it the perfect destination for a twin-centre holiday. We recommend starting your holiday with a few days in Antigua, which has direct links from the UK, before moving on to the BVI.

Destination Highlights
  • Marvel at the granite boulders at the Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda, before bathing in one of the secret rock pools
  • Charter a boat in the world’s sailing capital and hop from paradise beaches and breathtaking bays, to turquoise lagoons and lively marinas
  • Make a day trip to Anegada to discover the deserted coral sandy beach at Cow Wreck Bay and sample what’s considered the best lobster in the Caribbean

Our favourite hotels

The British Virgin Islands are known for their laid-back luxury resorts. Please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who can help you find your ideal holiday accommodation.

Guana Island

British Virgin Islands

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £5,729  pp

Guana Island

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 12 hours; flights are indirect via Antigua

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

British citizens do not need a visa to visit the British Virgin Islands

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required
  • Macey, Destination Specialist

    Macey

    Destination Specialist

    Visit popular attractions like the Baths on Virgin Gorda after all the cruise-ship guests have returned to their ships. Visiting these awesome sights at about four in the afternoon will mean you will have them all to yourself. Making the experience all the more awe-inspiring.”

Events & festivals

The British Virgin Islands offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them. Here are a few of our favourites

  • BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

    The BVI Spring Regatta is one of the Caribbean’s premier annual sailing events. It has gained a reputation for serious racing, as well as serious partying. Hundreds of sailors from around the world gather on Nanny’s Cay on Tortola to take part in this week-long event and, of course, its races. The Regatta Village at Nanny Cay comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere when the sailors return to the shore and join the revellers enjoying the food, drinks and live entertainment.  

  • Sweethearts of the Caribbean Classic Yacht Regatta

    This is another important sailing event in the BVIs. Every February, the island of Tortola hosts the Sweethearts of the Caribbean Classic Yacht Regatta. Be sure to join in all the fun as well as the after-party at the Jolly Roger Restaurant.

  • BVI Music Festival

    Cane Garden Bay Beach on Tortola hosts this annual music festival over a three-day weekend in May. It attracts reggae, calypso, R&B, rock, jazz artists from around the world and is a wonderful way to discover the relaxing beats of Caribbean music.

Local cuisine

The British Virgin Islands’ food naturally reflects Caribbean influences and tends to involve hearty dishes with a serious kick of spice. Fresh seafood, such as lobster, snapper, whelks and mussels are regularly top of the menu. Speciality breads stuffed with meat or vegetable is another BVI staple. Here are our favourite BVI must-tries 

  • Roti

    This delight appears on almost every BVI menu and it’s an East Indian flatbread that is filled with meat or vegetables. Some may say it’s the British Virgin Islands version of a Cornish pasty! 

  • Pate

    This is a delicious stuffed pitta bread treat that’s filled with spiced meat, seafood or vegetables.

  • Fruit

    Discover the amazing tropical fruits of the BVIs. From soursop, papaya, mango, guava, sugar apple and seagrapes - the variety of fresh and juicy fruits is not to be missed. A typically BVI way of eating them is in a sweet stew or rolled into seriously good bitesize balls. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The British Virgin Islands, or BVIs, are a self-governing country and are not part of the UK, however, they are a British Overseas Territory. The UK handles their security and the Queen is their head of state. BVI residents have the right to full UK citizenship. 

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