British Virgin Islands
In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered and became enamored by a collection of islands of such untouched beauty that he named them after Saint Usula and her 11,000 virgin martyrs. Largely uninhabited, they were embraced by pirates and buccaneers with notable names like Blackbeard, Jost Van Dyke, and Sir Francis Drake. In 1672 the British took political and economic control over what is now known as the Charter Capital of the World.
Today the BVIs have most all the modern conveniences, however palm trees still divide white sand beaches from turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs still host an almost infinite variety of reef creatures and the consistent trade winds still cut the balmy temperatures synonymous with every Caribbean dream vacation.
In the British Virgin Islands there truly is something for everyone from the laid-back to the adventurous alike. Try hiking the 1700 foot Sage Mountain National Park, or searching for rare rock iguanas and pink flamingos on the third largest barrier reef in the world, Anegada. Try kite-surfing or dinghy racing at the Bitter End Yacht Club. How about fly-fishing for bonefish on the salt flats of Beef Island, deep sea fishing for Marlin at the North Drop, surfing the point break at Cane Garden Bay, or drinking painkillers at the infamous floating bar The William Thornton? There are over 60 islands to explore - and that's just above sea level.
There are over 50 dive and snorkel sites in the British Virgin Islands, all with varying skill levels and terrain. Try descending 100-feet below Ginger Island to admire deep coral, lobster, manta rays or reef sharks. Try wreck diving on the historic R.M.S. Rhone, hovering with pelagics at the Chikuzen, or gliding through the intricate caves and passageways of The Chimneys.
There is something for everyone in the British Virgin Islands and there is one perfect way to explore it all: Yes Dear.
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