A Glimpse of the British Virgin Islands

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A Glimpse of the British Virgin Islands
Sharon Flax Brutus | 2020 - April to June | Caribbean
Sharon at White Oleander Destinations BVI shares her thoughts on the beauty of the island's region. Already we are wishing we were sailing off to Tortola...

The British Virgin Islands is a collection of 60 islands, islets, rocks and cays located 70 miles east of Puerto Rico. Interestingly enough, although a British dependent territory, its official legal tender is the US dollar. Known for its pristine blue waters and as the sailing capital of the world, these islands are home to luxurious private islands as well as uber luxe villas.

The islands are known as Nature’s Little Secrets and there are many secrets to be revealed. Some include The Baths - a series of sea water fed caves on the island of Virgin Gorda. On the island of Anegada - the only coral island, there are conch shell mound islands with mounds of shells collected over hundreds of years. Jost Van Dyke is home of the Soggy Dollar Bay and White Bay as well as our infamous Painkiller. Tortola houses the capital Road Town and is the bustling Centre of commerce.

Our islands are a melting pot of Caribbean nationals as well as many persons from Europe, UK, the United States and Canada and because of this we have a diverse foodie culture. During the month of November, the British Virgin Islands hosts a month long epicurean festival known as the BVI Food Fete. This islander feast moved from island to island, allowing guests and residents alike to really treat themselves to Nature’s Little Secrets - in more ways than one.

One of the most appealing attributes of these islands is the peace and tranquility that they afford residents as well as guests. Although impacted by COVID-19 with a border closure since mid March 2020, the British Virgin Islands is poised to begin welcoming guests back at some time in the future.