The British Virgin Islands are a self-governing British overseas territory, situated in the Caribbean just to the east of the US Virgin Islands. The capital, Road Town is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The islands have a population of about 27,800, of whom approximately 23,000 live on Tortola.
The BVIs, as they are called, are a popular travel destination for sailors, fishermen, sun worshippers, and other independent travellers. Comprised of more than 60 islands and keys,the islands fall into two types: the majority are steep volcanic islands (including the main islands, Tortola and Virgin Gorda), and a small number of relatively flat coral islands (such as Anegada and Sandy Spit). In fact, Anegada is referred to as “the drowned island” because its elevation is so low.
The Atlantic Ocean surrounds the islands on the north and east, while the Caribbean Sea lies to the south and west. Sailing, diving, fishing and soaking up the sun on perfect beaches is what it’s all about on the British Virgin Islands. Tortola is a twelve by three-mile haven of white sand, lush green mountains, ruins and rum distilleries. Underwater caverns beckon from dramatic Virgin Gorda. Island time rules on laid-back Jost Van Dyke, where swim-up bars serve delicious rum concoctions. Pristine beaches lure visitors to beautiful coral island Anegada.
Though bonefishing is not the main reason for visiting the BVI’s there is enough here to tie in a tropical vacation with some fun on the flats.