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British Virgin Islands Vacations

Added: Tuesday, March 10th 2015 at 11:02am by imramtours

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is the third-largest (after Tortola and Anegada) and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and covers an area of about 8 square miles (21 km2). Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island "The Fat Virgin", because the island's profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side. The main town is Spanish Town on the southwestern part of the island.


An unusual geologic formation known as "The Baths" located on the southern end of the island makes Virgin Gorda one of the BVI's major tourist destinations. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. North of the Baths is the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, formerly owned Little Dix Bay. The most notable ruin on Virgin Gorda is the old Copper Mine. In the island's North Sound is the high-end Bitter End Yacht Club, now a five-star resort. Also located on the island is Rosewood Little Dix Bay, a four diamond resort offering luxury villas and suites as well as an award winning spa.

Boat ferry service from Tortola and the Virgin Gorda Airport serves the island. Speedy's offers service by water and Island Birds operates private air charters in and out of Virgin Gorda (VIJ).

Spanish Town on southern Virgin Gorda is the second largest town (after Road Town) on the British Virgin Islands. Also known as The Valley, Spanish Town offers numerous shopping possibilities featuring Mr. Nice Guy Store which is located in Spanish Town right across from the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harber. The heart of the town is its Yacht Harbor marina, with many bareboat sailing activities everyday. It has its own airport and a ferry service is in operation from here to Road Town or Tortola. Overall, though, Spanish Town is small, with few bars and a relaxed atmosphere.


Originally settled by Cornish miners, and ruins of the chimney, boiler house, cistern and mine shafts can be seen. This is now part of Copper Mine National Park. It served as capital of the BVI until 1714, when it was moved to Road Town. Each year in March at Fishers' Cove in Spanish Town there is the Spanish Town Fisherman's Jamboree, an annual event celebrating fishing. The main focus is the fishing competitions which also provide plenty of opportunities for visitors to try freshly caught seafood.


Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning "land of the Turtle Dove". Tortola is a mountainous island of 21.5 square miles. Its highest peak is Mount Sage at 1750 feet (530 m). The East end of Tortola has the best beaches on the island, including Josiah's Bay and Lambert beach.

Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, it uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. The island is home to many offshore companies that do business worldwide.

Flights to Tortola arrive at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. The airport is located on Beef Island, just to the East of Tortola, but it is connected by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Air service is available from San Juan, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Antigua or St Maarten. There are many ferry companies providing service from  Charlotte Amalie, St. John, USVI, Red Hook in the East End of St. Thomas and either Road Town or the West End of Tortola.


Road Town is the Capital of the British Virgin Islands. The beautiful harbour at Road Town is a busy center of island life and marine activity. Road Town's most important area comprises the Ferry Dock, as well as the Main Street area, whose focus is an attractive area of shops. Two other areas of note are Wickham's Cay II and Port Purcell, further around to the back of the harbour, and Road Reef with Ft. Burt and Prospect Reef near the harbour's port entrance.

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