Spotlight on the British Virgin Islands


            The British Virgin Islands are a cluster of some 40 islands which are part of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, along the northeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea. The three main islands in the chain are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke.  These islands are not frequent stops for cruise ships and thus have maintained some semblance of quiet and solitude, which is what makes them a desirable destination for those looking for relaxation.

            Virgin Gorda is more exclusive and caters to a wealthier crowd, people who love the pristine beaches, the fashionable resorts, and slow pace. Check out The Baths, a group of large offshore rocks which have created lovely pools and scenic beaches.

            Tortola, the largest island in the chain, is a bit more crowded and hectic, more like the rest of the Caribbean. Visitors can explore the walking trails in Sage Mountain National Park, the last remaining section of undisturbed rain forest on the island, spend an afternoon at Cane Garden Bay, probably the island’s best beach, and/or engage in various other island activities, such as snorkeling, scuba-diving, or sailing.


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