The British Virgin Islands, or BVI in the jargon of most Sailors, is in many ways a sailing and yacht charter Mecca. It has all of the ingredients for a perfect sailing vacation holiday – consistent winds, gorgeous islands, destinations varying from posh hotels to deserted beaches, shipwrecks, beach party towns, and a pace and charm that perfectly fits the yachting lifestyle.
The main islands of the BVI are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. All line of site sailing which makes it easy to sail and beautiful to see. Some say sailing in the BVI is the best on earth.
The largest of the 36 BVI islands is Tortola. In Tortola you will visit Soper’s Hole, a quaint colonial port with a beautiful harbor and the famous Pussers Bar. Shop the home-style stores at Road Town’s Main Street and Soper’s Hole Marina, West End for bargains in perfume, jewelry and wine. You will also find one-of-a-kind antiques, silk-screened fabrics and watercolors by Tortolan artists.
Virgin Gorda is one of the most picturesque islands imaginable, the iconic Caribbean island. At almost every turn, the vistas are nearly breathtaking. The main shopping is located at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, in The Valley and in North Sound at various resorts. Virgin Gorda, known for its yacht clubs and quiet cove houses, is home to ‘The Baths,’ an intriguing grouping of huge granite rocks framing grottos filled with seawater. Swimmers and snorkelers refresh themselves in the cool waters of hidden pools and secret passages.
Anegada is a paradise for divers. Past ship wrecks on the hazardous coral reefs encircling the islet have enhanced the reefs with colorful formations of exotic undersea plants and animal life. For a remote, rustic retreat and first-rate hiking trails, visit Jost Van Dyke. Be sure to stop at two famous watering holes – the Soggy Dollar Bar and Foxy’s – or at the small beach cafes along Main Street’s sandy strip of beach and discover the local treats and their famous freshly baked banana bread and coconut muffins.
Each yacht charter destination in the British Virgin Islands is sure to tempt travelers with every sort of regional and international cuisine. Look for the Caribbean-style restaurants, former forts and sugar mills for pleasing menus featuring West Indian specialties of fresh lobster, conch, turtle, spicy goat, and curries of every description. After all, this was the destinations of sailing vessels, including pirates, for hundreds of years. So let us help you sail or motor into these anchorages of history.