For those seeking a getaway holiday with a rich and unique blend of experiences, including water sports, spectacular views, vistas and soft sandy white beaches, the British Virgin islands (BVI) is the ideal vacation choice.
Discovered by Christopher Columbus the BVI are a chain of more than sixty volcanic islands and Cays situated in the Northeastern region of the Caribbean Sea. Although there are over sixty islands, only Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada are inhabited. The others are designated national parks and wild life preserves.
The islands offer an abundance of lush green mountains, an array of palm shaded beaches, situated at Apple bay, Brewers bay, Elizabeth beach, Josiah beach and Smugglers Cove and during the day, they are awash with uninterrupted sunshine for most days of the year.
Tortola is the largest and most developed of the inhabited island chain and is sometimes referred to as the father of the archipelagos, whilst managing to retain its old world charm and quite colonial atmosphere. The islands are famous for their calm, warm and inviting waters, which attract annually a multitude of yachters from around the world, drawn there by the sailing opportunities and the huge variety of holidaying possibilities. It has many protected anchorages located at Brandywine Bay, Cane Gardens bay, Hodges Creek, Soper Hole and Trellis bay.
The history of BVI is reflective of its British and Spanish colonial past which can readily be explored at Folk museum on Road Town, which is the capital and main shopping area. Road Town has many retail outlets, where a huge variety of locally produced souvenirs, keepsakes and artwork can be purchased at very reasonable prices. Tortola has a wealth of centuries old ruins such as Fort George, Fort Recovery, The Dungeon, Mount Healthy Windmill, and the still operational Callwoods rum distillery. All of which add interest which helps to make it a fun filled vacation.
The cuisine is a varied and interesting mix of local favorites such as the very humble Johnny Cakes and saltfish, Saltfish Cakes, Roti, Curried Goat and rice. For those seeking a more exotic cuisine, the locally caught seafood includes Lobster and conch, which when made into soups and stews and served with a range of tasty rice dishes can be a delicious alternative.
J.R. O’Neal botanical gardens is also located in the capital and can be recommended for its tranquil pathways, where peaceful strolls leading to miniature rainforests