British Virgin Islands – One of the Greatest Sailing Destinations

The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean lying about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico. The British Virgin Islands comprise around sixty tropical Caribbean islands with a wide beautiful beaches and unique rock shapes. The islands are commonly known as the Virgin Islands and  make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago.

The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. There are over fifty other smaller islands and cays. Only 15 of the islands are inhabited. The largest of the islands is Tortola which is 20 kilometer long and 5 kilometer wide.


The Virgin Islands is a popular tourist destination in the world and tourism accounts for about half of its national income. The islands are a popular destination for U.S. citizens. A substantial number of tourists who visit the British Virgin Islands are cruise ship passengers. The islands are also known as one of the world’s greatest sailing destinations and charter sailboats are a very popular way to visit less accessible islands in the area.

The numerous white sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands are the most attractive destinations in the region. Among other popular attractions include The Baths on Virgin Gorda, the coral reefs near Anegada and the well-known bars of Jost Van Dyke. Road Town, the capital city, is crammed with markets, boutiques and restaurants, and remains a favorite stop for cruise ship passengers.

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