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Why You Must Visit The British Virgin Islands   by Eleanor Ramsay

A British Virgin Islands Caribbean holiday is like no other Caribbean holiday, from the laid back islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, to the exclusive luxury of Necker Island.
Christopher Columbus was the first European visitor to the British Virgin Islands. He named them 'Las Mil Virgines', or 'the 11,000 Virgins', to reflect the number of islands that he could see in every direction! Today, these unspoilt islands are an escapist's paradise and perfect for those in search of world-class beaches, crystal clear waters, secluded coves and a safe anchorage.

Tortola is the largest island and home to the capital, Road Town from where regular ferry services link to neighbouring islands and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. The pace on the islands is slow and laid-back, and the local population are welcoming and friendly. Many visitors seek nothing more than unwinding on a white sand beach, fringed with palms and sea grapes.

One of the best known and most photographed beaches is to be found on the island of Virgin Gorda, where The Baths - an intriguing canopy of giant granite boulders framing seawater grottos - creates a unique setting in which to swim or explore. Best time to plan a visit is in the late afternoon when you can watch the sun set over a host of tiny islands. The scenery below the sea is equally appealing and diving and snorkelling enthusiasts flock to the Virgin Islands to view spectacular coral reefs, breathtaking marine life and numerous shipwrecks.

Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI
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Necker Island is the pinnacle of private luxury. Owned by Richard Branson, it is one of his favourite holiday spots. When he is not using it himself, it is available for up to 28 guests. It is an utterly private and extravagantly stylish hideaway, where even the rich and famous feel completely at ease. The island itself is a mass of delightful scenic contrasts - rocky headlands are interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches and beneath the translucent blue waters are spectacular reefs of coral and colourful shoals of fish.

With small bays and hidden coves and islands always in sight, the sheltered waters afford some of the finest sailing opportunities in the Caribbean and make the British Virgin Islands the ideal spot to hone your skills in the art of sailing. In fact, the 'yachtie' atmosphere is intoxicating as small towns and bays bustle with the comings and goings of yachts mooring up at marinas and anchorages.


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Peter Island Resort & Yacht Harbour, Peter Island
Views of neighboring islands captivate Peter Island Resort & Yacht Harbour guests as they explore this private, 730-hectare resort. Guests arriving via Cyril E. King International Airport in Charlotte Amalie are met by a resort agent, who can arrange passage from St. Thomas to Peter Island. The resort's teak rocking chairs afford an ideal perspective for contemplating the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean. Tradewinds Restaurant serves grilled, ocean-catch entrees while transporting guests into the mood of the islands via live musical entertainment. Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill features a manager's cocktail party accompanied by steel bands and West Indian stilt dancers.


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Driftwood Villa By Villas Caribe, Tortola
This beachfront property is located in East End, near Well Bay Beach. Another nearby point of interest is Trellis Bay Beach. Driftwood Villa by Villas Caribe provides a complimentary airport shuttle, a business center, and spa services. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and complimentary wireless Internet access. Guestrooms have kitchens, complimentary wireless Internet access, and satellite television; rooms also include full-sized refrigerators/freezers and bathrobes. 
Fort Recovery Beach Villas, Road Town, Tortola
Located on the Caribbean side of Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, is one of the most exclusive beachfront properties. Chosen Best Resort in the BVI by the readers of Captains Guide Magazine, Fort Recovery was awarded the Golden Compass Award 2007. The original twelve villas had been upgraded and completely renovated. All have full kitchen facilities. The fourteen 1-3 bedroom newer beachfront villas are beautifully designed and all the amenities that goes with a very spacious living accommodation. Restaurant, spa services, yoga and boat sightseeing tours and snorkel trips are available on the premises.
Lemongrass By Villas Caribe, Tortola
This Road Town property is located near Cane Garden Bay Beach. Another nearby point of interest is Brewers Bay Beach. Lemongrass by Villas Caribe provides barbecue grills. Guestrooms offer patios, washers/dryers, and air conditioning; rooms also include refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. 
Scrub Island, Tortola
This Scrub Island hotel is situated on the beach. Scrub Island has a private beach, an outdoor pool, and a fitness facility. This 5.0-star Scrub Island property features spa services. Business amenities at this 5.0-star property include a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and audio-visual equipment. Scrub Island has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available during limited hours. Event space measures 7000 square feet. The staff can arrange wedding services, dry cleaning/laundry services, express check-in, and express check-out. Additional amenities include a marina, a concierge desk, and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free property. 
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Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda
Recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the world, Biras Creek Resort is situated on 140 acres on the beautiful Virgin Gorda. Only reachable by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek's 31 luxury suites are set amidst three distinct bodies of water, the North Sound, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean bay. The private white sand beach offers a paradise for swimming, sailing, and snorkeling with complimentary usage of Boston Whalers, Hobi sailboats, snorkel gear and wind surfing equipment at the eco-friendly resort. In addition, guests can partake in any of the Spa by the Sea's signature services or enjoy the many hiking trails.
Bitter End Yacht Club, North Sound, Virgin Gorda
The Bitter End Yacht Club is positioned on a gently curved beach in North Sound, Virgin Gorda. This remote property is accessible only by boats that can enter the protected, deep-water harbor. Spanish Town is a six-mile trip by water taxi while Virgin Gorda Peak National Park is two miles away plus an approximate 20-minute hike.   The bitter end yacht club caters to those who thrive on water sports and sailing activities, therefore the hotel does not have televisions, air-conditioning or automobile transportation. Use of the resort's fleet of 100 watercraft is complimentary. The property's multicolored buildings, gingerbread trim and corrugated red-steel roofs echo the bright hues of Caribbean seaside villages.
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