Is This the Most Exclusive Destination in the Caribbean?

These are no average Caribbean islands! Known as one of the most exclusive destinations in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands feel a world away – in all regards. Despite being home to some of the most upscale and luxurious resorts, yacht clubs, and villas in the region, the British Virgin Islands can feel anything but pretentious, with laid-back beach bars, stunning, secluded beaches, and plenty of adventurous ways to enjoy.

The British Virgin Islands

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The British Virgin Islands (BVI) comprise a series of 60+ islands located just beyond the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the central Caribbean. The largest and most populous islands in the archipelago include Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. Many of the islands are also privately owned and occupied.

Untouched Islands

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Visitors will immediately note that the British Virgin Islands are practically untouched and feel much less built up than many of their Caribbean island neighbors. Island hillsides and shores are dotted with villas, boutique hotels, and resorts with a private island feel, furthering the exclusive feel of the BVI.

Beach Fun

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The islands are known for their pristine beaches, many of which are considered among the best in the Caribbean. They are a haven for watersports and activities.

Sail Away

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The British Virgin Islands are also a haven for sailors. “For those considering a sailing vacation in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are a great destination to consider,” says a representative from Dream Yacht Worldwide, which has a base on the island of Tortola. “With tucked away spots like Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, they are considered a sailor’s paradise with consistent trade winds, gentle waves, and sunny skies year-round.

A Sailor’s Paradise

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Numerous companies offer charters, while frequent sailing tournaments and competitions make the islands an attractive destination for the pros. Visitors can consider enjoying the islands on a day trip from one of the island’s marinas or spending their entire vacation island hopping abroad on a yacht.

Laid Back

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Some of the most popular spots in the British Virgin Islands are the most laid-back. Jost Van Dyke, known as the “party island,”  is home to the Soggy Dollar Bar, which is where the iconic Painkiller cocktail was invented and where fun, island-inspired tunes complement the relaxed waterfront atmosphere. On Virgin Gorda, Bitter End Yacht Club is another popular local favorite that only recently reopened after hurricane-related damage shuttered the spot.

Saba Rock

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Another iconic destination in the British Virgin Islands to rebuild better than ever following the devastating Hurricane Irma in 2017 is Saba Rock resort, a fixture in the region since the 1960s. The gorgeous private island destination features 7 guest rooms, two luxury suites, and a restaurant and bar between Virgin Gorda and Prickly Pear Island.

Where To Stay

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The British Virgin Islands are home to some of the most impressive resorts in the Caribbean. With its international airport, the island of Tortola is most easily accessible for a quick getaway, while more exclusive resorts are located on neighboring islands, which are only accessible by boat or helicopter.

Island Accommodations

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From charming boutique hotels to ultra-luxurious resorts, every property makes the most of the country’s stunning natural landscapes and beautiful beaches to craft bespoke beach vacations that have long been such a draw to the islands.

Hilltop Views

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The British Virgin Islands are mostly volcanic in origin, giving them a dramatic and hilly scenery that makes for some spectacular ocean views from many of the islands’ hilltop villas and resorts. In contrast, Anegada is a mostly flat limestone and coral island with some of the archipelago’s most pristine white sand beaches. 

Island Beat

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Despite the islands’ exclusive appeal, there are increasingly more ways to enjoy their unique local culture. On May 24 – 26, the BVI will debut the Virgin Islands Music Festival for the very first time. The 3-day music festival and celebration across the 60 islands, islets, and cays comprising the BVI launches with the slogan “60 Beats, One Vibe.” 

Year-Round Celebrations

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The festival will feature performances from Nigerian-American actor and singer Rotimi, international artist Alkaline, and R&B legend Freddie Jackson. It will also highlight Caribbean sounds like soca, dancehall, reggae, and more during celebrations in BVI’s capital city, Road Town.

Caribbean Hideaway

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The 60+ islands that compose the BVI have much in common – beautiful beaches, stunning views, and an exclusive crowd – while all offering unique and memorable features that make island hopping a must to fully appreciate all they have to offer.

Beyond Beautiful

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From visiting the natural wonder of a beach known as The Baths to staying at a private island resort or the exclusive villa accommodations at Oil Nut Bay, there are plenty of memorable ways to enjoy.

The British Virgin Islands

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Direct flights from Miami to the island of Tortola make the British Virgin Islands easier to access from the United States than ever before. Whether visiting by sea or by air, it’s time to make this exclusive island paradise your own.

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Carley Rojas Avila is a bilingual New York-based travel writer, editor, content marketer, and the founder of the digital travel publications Explorers Away and Home to Havana. Carley is an expert on all things Latin America, the Caribbean, and Cuba, having lived and worked in four different countries in the region. Her writing has appeared on the Associated Press wires and in Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, MSN, Euronews, The Weather Channel, and more. When she's not writing about her travels, find her front row at a Bad Bunny concert, befriending street cats, and taste-testing every pizza in Havana.