A Beginners Guide to the British Virgin Islands

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  • Adventure Travel

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  • Relaxation

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Spend a week sailing around the British Virgin Islands! The British Virgin Islands showcase some of the bluest waters ever seen. Everyday there is something new to enjoy, such as hiking to The Baths, snorkeling The Indians or sipping cocktails on the beach. There is something for everyone here!

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Where to stay in British Virgin Islands

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Situated on 500 acres of private beach on Little Dix Bay, this gorgeous property pairs top luxury with the tranquility of island life.

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Bitter End Yacht Club

Where adventure, relaxation, and the beauty of the Caribbean converge, creating an unforgettable paradise for sailors and seekers of island bliss.

Saba Rock Resort

Experience island paradise and barefoot luxury at Saba Rock, where charming accommodations, turquoise waters, and a relaxed atmosphere in the British Virgin Islands offer a peaceful and unforgettable stay in the heart of the Caribbean.

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Things to do in British Virgin Islands

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The Baths at Virgin Gorda

Iconic beach area perfect for photographs and relaxing. Pro tip, go early to avoid major cruise line crowds.

Michael Beans Pirate Happy Arrr, Leverick Bay

An interactive and family-friendly live musical comedy show which doubles as a fundraiser for building schools in Haiti.

Snorkeling The Indians

Off Pelican Island, expect to see colorful coral gardens and many different species of fish.

Snorkeling the Caves at Norman Island

Calm, but deep waters with plenty of sea life to admire.

BVI Yacht Charter

You can sail a monohull or cruise in a catamaran. Either self guided or with an experienced captain.

Cruise around Anegada on a motorized scooter. Visit Cow Wreck Beach and Flamingo Lookout.

Ocean Spa, BVI

A floating spa off Jost Van Dyke. The floors contain windows so you can lookout into the ocean below as you enjoy a back massage.

Tour Callwood Rum Distillery

In Sugar Cane Bay, on the island of Tortola, the sugar grown on-site goes into making the preferred spirit of the British Virgin Islands.

Places to eat & drink in British Virgin Islands

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Coco Maya Restaurant: A chic Asian-Fusion beach restaurant with fantastic views and cocktails, offering top-notch service. Some of the best food you can experience during your trip.

Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa: A fun and casual daytime hang with an onsite pool, perfect for cooling off after catching a tan.

Hog Heaven Restaurant: This place feels like a locals-only spot with amazing BBQ and views of the famous Necker Island.

Soggy Dollar Bar: Creator of the famous Pain Killer cocktail, Soggy Dollar is a must visit in the BVI. Offering a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, you can party all day at this casual beach bar on Jost Van Dyke.

Saba Rock Resort: A luxury property with some unique beam architecture. Saba Rock Resort and Restaurant is only accessible by boat or air. With an indoor/outdoor layout, you can enjoy time on the beach or in the water before snacking at the second-floor bar and lounge.

Bitter End Yacht Club: Warm wood structures welcome you at this beachside outpost and resort. The perfect stop to stock up on basic provisions before sailing or enjoying dinner with a view.

The Willy T Floating Bar: A truly one-of-a-kind bar and restaurant. The Willy T is a floating barge off Norman Island. With a small food menu and a large bar, you can get the liquid courage to jump off the second-story deck into the crystal blue waters below.

Pirate's Bight - The only restaurant on Norman Island, this newly renovated beach spot offers an open and airy atmosphere to enjoy dinner at sunset.

Hendo's Hideout Restaurant - On Jost Van Dyke, Hendo's is perfect for a day of beach volleyball and frozen drinks.

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