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The British Virgin Islands

Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI
Overlooking Nail Bay
Virgin Gorda

The British Virgin Islands, also called Nature's Little Secrets, lie approximately 75 miles east of Puerto Rico, north of the Leeward Islands, and adjacent to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north side and the Caribbean Sea on the south side, they are best known for their crystal clear blue sailing waters and the spectacular beauty of the mountainous islands.

Grouped around the Sir Francis Drake Channel (named after the daring British adventurer who launched an attack against the Spanish from the islands in 1595) there are over 60 islands and cays that make up the British Virgin Islands.

The BVI are volcanic in origin - except Anegada, which is a coral and limestone atoll. With hundreds of secluded bays and beautiful coves, the islands have been a haven for sailors and non-sailors alike. Many of these islands remain uninhabited with the main inhabited islands being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke.

History tells us of Christopher Columbus discovering the islands and naming them. After Columbus came a host of swashbucklers and pirates, who preyed on cargo traders and Spanish Galleons bound for Europe teeming with Incan gold. Legend has it that there is still hidden treasure buried on several of the islands. Hard to believe Blackbeard the pirate would leave anything behind, but we're still looking for the treasure!

Today's visitors are offered a much more easygoing, safe and fun islands to enjoy with ideal sailing conditions year round. It is no surprise that the British Virgin Islands, also known as the BVI, is the water sports capital of the Caribbean, bar none. With steady trade winds, crystal clear waters, and so many beautiful anchorages, nowhere comes close to the British Virgin Islands.

So come explore one of the most laidback beautiful places in the world and see why you'll want to return again and again.

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