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Discover a Caribbean treasure many know

Discover a Caribbean treasure many know, but want to keep for themselves. . .

Blue skies, gentle trade winds, pristine beaches, dozens of little secrets, miles of diving, and some of the best sailing in the world makes Tortola and British Virgin Islands a popular destination for those seeking an alternative choice to bigger cities and attractions in the Caribbean.

Here you’ll find no high-rises, crowded beaches, or a hectic and fast-paced atmosphere. You will find top notch restaurants, quaint downtowns and villages, art galleries, yacht clubs, and other travelers who found the BVI years ago, who want to keep the secret to themselves.

Tortola is a destination where you can be as active as you wish, or as quiet and relaxed as you desire. Outdoor enthusiasts have a treasure chest of choices: world-class sailing, power boating, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, and bird watching to name a few. Looking for something a little quieter? Scattered in an aquamarine sea, the British Virgin Islands flank the broad Sir Francis Drake Channel, which has beguiled sailors for centuries — only accessible by water, miles of beach coastline, coves, calm, clean and un-crowded beaches await you. Visitors can explore the islands on foot and observe the extraordinary variety of exotic plants and birds.

And, did we mention the sunny skies and the mild temperatures? Daytime temperatures are averaging in the 70’s; lows are running from the mid to upper 60’s, what can get better than this?

Situated between the deep waters of the Atlantic and the glittering Caribbean Sea, just east of Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands are accessible by flights routed through San Juan, Puerto Rico – connecting service to the BVI offered by American Eagle, Cape Air, and Liat. Visitors flying into St. Thomas in the USVI have the option of either arranging a charter flight to the BVI or by taking the ferry between St. Thomas and Tortola. Ferry service can be accessed by taking a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the ferry dock.

Tortola and the British Virgin Islands offer a wide array of lodging options and adventures for couples, families or groups. Accommodations range from quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, beachside cottages, deluxe boutique hotels, garden villas and apartments.

To plan your British Virgin Island getaway or to learn more about the BVI, visit Caribbean Travel & Leisure’s online guide at

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