ABOUT Each of the British Virgin Islands has its own special beauty, character and legends. The picturesque island of Tortola offers pristine white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered yacht-filled harbours. The dramatic shape of the island Virgin Gorda reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the "Fat Virgin". Named the “Drowned Land” by the Spanish, Anegada is the only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain. Home to fewer than 300 inhabitants, Jost Van Dyke is rich in folklore and renowned to be one of the most friendly and welcoming islands. Stories of slavery, pirates, fishing and agricultural era are some of the enchanted tales of the BVI. Your experience in the BVI will be enriched by visiting our National Parks, Copper Mine, Forts, Museums, Churches, Burial sites and old Plantation Estates. Across the seas from shore to shore, you'll climb the hill to Old Government House Museum, Mount Health, Fort Burt, and the Copper Mine just to name a few. Old memories of sugar fields from days gone by extend all around you at Josiah’s Bay Plantation. These are just a few of the historical sites to be seen in the BVI. With such a rich past and culture, you can easily see why the BVI has played such and important role in Caribbean history. There are regular ferry services between Tortola and its sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke, and also to the US Virgin Islands.
CLIMATE The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate. There is little temperature variation across the year; average highs generally sit around 30°C and average lows, occurring at night, are in the low to mid 20s. Dry Season: January – July. Wet Season: August – December.
BEWARE Although the vast majority of visits to the British Virgin Islands are trouble-free, serious incidents, including armed robbery, do occur. You should take sensible precautions against petty crime. Avoid walking alone in isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark. Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Use hotel safety deposit facilities to safeguard valuables and travel documents. Never leave anything valuable unattended on the beach. Do not offer resistance in the attempt of an armed robbery. Driving conditions can be hazardous, due to steep and narrow mountain roads, and poor driving standards. Self-drive cars can be hired locally; a temporary driving permit or a local driving licence is required before driving. Cars are left-hand drive, and vehicles drive on the left as in the UK. Standard taxi fares exist for most destinations, but it is sensible to clarify the fare with the driver beforehand. The majority of visitors to the BVI participate in some form of water sports activities. The rate of accidents in and on the water is very low, but they do occur. Many accidents involve the consumption of alcohol to some degree. Fear and dehydration exaggerate the effects of alcohol, so care should be taken if you, or someone you know, have been drinking.