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Welcome to the BVI on Paradise Islands. The British Virgin Islands are a group of over 60 idyllic and pristine isles in the Leeward chain with white sandy beaches, sheltered coves, blue waters and a laid back culture. The capital of the BVI group is Road Town on the largest island of Tortola.

The BVI are one of the most popular sailing destinations in the World attracting thousands of boats where sailors can explore the secrets of the sixty island chain and still feel like there is enough space for everyone.

Gems such as Gorda, Norman (the inspiration for "Treasure Island"), Sandy Spit, Great Tobago, Little Camanoe, Dead Chest Island (where the pirate Blackbeard marooned some of his crew) and Jost Van Dyke are just waiting to be explored.

Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island Marina Cay, British Virgin islands Little Camanoe and Guana, British Virgin Islands Jost Van Dyke - British Virgin Islands Peter Island Resort

Nanny Cay


Marina Cay

Little Camanoe



Necker Island, British Virgin islands Long Bay Tortola Green Cay and Sandy Spit The Baths, Virgin Gorda Anegada Island, British Virgin Islands Cane Garden Bay, Tortola


Long Bay

Green Cay

The Baths


Cane Garden

The BVI have a total population of just 28,000, of which 80% live on Tortola with Gorda being the second largest. Only a small number of the BVI are actually inhabited and the isles are known as "the land that time forgot".

The first set of traffic lights were introduced in 2001 with instructions from the local government on how to use them. Jost Van Dyke only had mains electricity for the first time in 1991.

Some of the smaller isles are privately owned or have luxury resorts and include Necker (owned by Sir Richard Branson), Peter and Guana.

Jost Van Dyke

BVI aerial photos

White Bay JVD

Guana and Tortola BVI aerial photo


Necker Island Resort

Locals are known as BVIslanders and are very friendly and welcoming. The Editor has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean and his personal favourite destination still remains the British Virgin Islands, especially Gorda with delightful scenery to explore including The Baths and Savannah Bay.

Road Town Tortola

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Road Town

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