British Virgin Islands



Overview of Island

British Virgin Islands is a small archipelago of 4 main islands.  Its nearest neighbours are Bermuda to the north, Anguilla to the east, US Virgin Islands to the south and south-west  and Puerto Rico to the west.  Combined they are estimated to be 59 sq. miles. 

Capital: Road Town, Tortola (largest Island)       

Language:  English

Population: 35,802 

British Virgin Islands or BVI as it is fondly known as, was originally inhabited by both Arawak and Carib Indians.

They were settled by the Dutch in 1648 then taken over by the British in 1672 and granted autonomy and self-government status in 1967.

The economy is tourism driven and tied to the $US, in addition to its offshore financial trade.

Things to do

Scuba & Snorkeling

Horseshoe Reef

Swimming with the Dolphin

Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Where to stay

Scrub Island Resort Spa & Marina

Private Island Paradise at Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina

Bitter End Yacht Club

Beachy, breezy hideaways that celebrates Bitter End's natural beauty

Anegada Beach Club

Anegada Beach Club is Anegada's newest and best in accommodations, beach, activities and dining! Experience "Glamping" in our Beachfront Luxury Tents for one night or ten.


How To Get There?
There are no direct flights to the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport from the United States, Canada, UK or Europe. Many visitors fly into Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then ferry over. If arriving by sea, ports of entry are Road town in Tortola, Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas Bay in Virgin Gorda. The best way to get around the British Virgin Islands is on a boat.
Traditional food tends to be spicy and hearty. Many of the foods are imported due to an acquired taste for foreign foods. Local farmers grow fruits and vegetables along with the rearing of animals. Their goods are sold in local open-air markets, while supermarkets tend to carry only imported foods. Upscale restaurants often cater to tourists, serving a combination of North American dishes with tropical twists as well as local cuisine. An example of this is the addition of mango and Caribbean spices to salmon, a non-tropical fish.
What is our terrain like?
The Islands' terrain consists of coral islands, and is relatively flat. The volcanic islands are steep with rolling hilly. Its lowest point is the Caribbean Sea and its highest point is Mount Sage at 521 meters (1,709 ft) above sea level.
What is the climate like?
The climate of the British Virgin Islands is sub-tropical, hot throughout the year, and also influenced by the trade winds, with a more pleasant period from December to March when the daily average temperature is around 24/25 °C (75/77 °F), and a hotter and sultry period from May to October, when the daily average is around 28 °C (82 °F).
What Are The Entry Requirements?
A valid passport for entry, a return airline ticket and/or proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay on applying for stay longer than 1 month. Countries requiring a visa to enter the BVI are listed here:
What Are The Marriage Requirements?
Getting married in the British Virgin Islands is not all that difficult and applications can be done online. Requirements on submission of application on arrival are as follows: - Allow yourself three days on the island to get the marriage license. - Applications require passports or a certified copy of your original birth certificate, and one other form of photo identification. - If you have been divorced, you need legal proof of the divorce decree. Likewise, you will need the death certificate of a deceased spouse, if applicable - Two (2) persons must be present to act as witnesses and to sign the application (not necessarily persons from wedding party). - No blood tests are required - $120.00 in BVI postage stamps for regular license if you have been on the Islands for 15 days or more - US$220 postage stamps purchased from the Registrar's Office or Post Office for a Special License in person and have been on the Island for at least one (1) day - $35.00 for Marriage Ceremony fees payable to the Registrar in Road Town if performed in the office or $100.00 if performed elsewhere.
What Are The Healthcare Options?
There is a single public hospital in the BVI - Peebles Hospital in Road Town on Tortola. There is also one private hospital - the Bougainvillea Clinic. On Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke there are day clinics to serve non-emergency needs of the residents.
Other Useful Facts
Water: one can drink the water in BVI; bottled water is also available for purchase Electricity: The standard voltage and frequency used is 110 V and frequency 60 Hz. A step up converter would be necessary for 220 V. Currency: USD$ Banking: Banco Popular and 1 First Bank both of Tortola , CIBC First Caribbean Bank (Canadian) and Scotiabank (Canada). The USD$ used by BVI can be obtained at ATM's and banks throughout the Islands. Most businesses accept Cash, traveler's Cheques or Credit Cards. Telecommunication: Main provider is DIGICEL. Many restaurants offer free WIFI to their customers.
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