Whether you’re a first-time sailor or an experienced captain, when it comes to sailing in the British Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Sea provides the world’s greatest waters to navigate. With the Sir Frances Drake Channel stretching in front of you, the BVI is truly the centre of the sailing world and a sailor’s paradise, with consistent trade winds to fill your main sail, clear blue water, sunshine every day and islands close enough to navigate by sight. From the main capital island of Tortola, sailors enjoy navigating an incredible cruising area that is about 32 miles long and 15 miles wide.
In order for sailors to enjoy the many beautiful sites both above and below the water, the BVI National Parks Trust has installed over 200 mooring buoys for day-time use at many BVI dive sites.
Another huge plus point about sailing in the BVI is that there are plenty of restaurants and bars accessible from the water serving great food. Of course, if you prefer, you can cook aboard or barbecue.
Life on the ocean wave in the British Virgin Islands is indeed a sailor’s paradise.
If you have sailed in the BVI, you probably know that you have sailed in the most beautiful destination on the planet and no doubt will return. If you have never sailed in the BVI, then do put it at the top of your “to do” list.
BVI Holidays offer monohulls, catamarans or motor yachts and if, like me, you are a “gin and tonic” sailor, BVI Holidays also has plenty of crewed yachts available, so you can relax and enjoy. Sailing is the best way to see the islands and there are plenty of bars and restaurants directly accessible from the water. You can also rent a windsurfer and kayak to take on board so you can just dip in and out of the water whenever you feel like it. Many of the yachts are also geared up for diving and the BVI has many wonderful and amazing dive sites…reefs and wrecks in abundance!
If there is a group of you, this can be a relatively inexpensive holiday with dozens of deserted beaches and anchorages to enjoy.
You can also combine time afloat with time ashore.
The opportunities are endless and you are very welcome to call me to discuss in more detail – 01279 871188
I am delighted to share the exciting news that leading publication Travel + Leisure has voted Virgin Gorda as the Top Island for the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. It is the latest announcement in a series of good news for the British Virgin Islands when earlier this month it was revealed that a new direct, non-stop flight service between Antigua and Tortola – which is Virgin Gorda’s neighbour, just 20 mins away by boat – will come into effect from 1st November this year. In celebration of this accolade, the new flight and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Little Dix Bay is offering a special 7 night package for two.
A landmark year for Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the resort marks 50 years since it was founded by Laurance Rockefeller. Reminiscent of its iconic past whilst looking forward to the next 50 years and beyond, Little Dix Bay is undertaking a multi-million dollar renovation, the first step of which was completed earlier this year with the unveiling of the new Tree House suites. Having undergone a full transformation, these five Tree House Suites are the rebirth of the iconic, stilted Tree House Cottages originally built by Rockefeller and are now luxurious spacious rooms with cool white interiors, large living areas and wraparound terraces with views of the ocean and just steps from the beach.
Exciting times for the BVI and beautiful Virgin Gorda!
It has been a week of beautiful weather and let’s hope it continues into the week-end! Pimms has long been a popular drink of the British, consumed during these long, hot lazy days of summer. In the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller is the “Pimms” of the BVI…only stronger!
The Painkiller originated at the Soggy Dollar bar on Jost van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, however, If you can’t be at the British Virgin Islands’ Soggy Dollar Bar itself to enjoy a true painkiller drink, mixing it yourself is the next best thing. See below….
2-4 oz. of Pusser’s Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 oz. orange juice
Grated fresh nutmeg
In a jug half filled with ice add the first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with fresh grated nutmeg.
Such exciting news for the British Virgin Islands! BVI Holidays is delighted to announce that from November 2014 we can offer our clients a non-stop flight between Antigua and Tortola. A local BVI company – VI Airlink has been chosen to operate the route and will guarantee that every passenger has a window seat and complimentary drinks. Flying time will be just one hour from Antigua.
This means that guests can spend even longer in our beautiful islands….snorkelling the enchanting reefs or strolling on the deserted white sand beaches.
Call today and I will be happy to assist with planning your holiday to the beautiful, unspoilt British Virgin Islands.
Some people are under the misapprehension that Christopher Columbus discovered the beautiful British Virgin Islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493. The BVI were virtually untouched by human hand and Columbus was so blown away by their beauty that he named them “Las Once Mil Las Virgines” after the legendary St Ursula and the 11,000 virgins.
In fact, Columbus wasn’t the first to trip across the Virgin Islands. They were first discovered by the Amerindian tribes who made their way up the island chain by canoe from Venezuela hundreds of years earlier, settling in small villages along the shoreline where they hunted and fished.
By the time Columbus sailed in, there was no longer any trace of these intrepid explorers.
Having never visited the Caribbean before, we needed some help organising our recent trip to the BVI. We were very fortunate in finding Joyce at BVI Holidays! Her prompt and personal responses by email and phone ensured any queries were sorted quickly, and the right accommodation for us found. It was stunning.
The end result was a most memorable trip.
All the travel arrangements ran so smoothly, and all her recommendations were spot on.
Thank you Joyce – for giving us such an introduction to what everyone we met on BVI says are the best of the Caribbean islands – we can only agree. They are spectacular.
Stop press! Rosewood Little Dix Bay recently unveiled their newly constructed Tree House Suites.
These one bedroom suites are the rebirth of the unique Tree House Cottages (on stilts) first built by Laurance Rockefeller back in the 1960s. Situated just a few steps from the beach, each suite offers almost 1,000-sq.-ft. of luxurious living space, finished with materials and colours that enhance the natural teak, the pristine white sand and the cool volcanic stone predominant on Virgin Gorda. Bedrooms and living rooms feature direct access to a large wraparound terrace, offering panoramic beach views from an elevated perspective. Brand new bathrooms feature dual vanities, separate tub and indoor shower, as well as an outdoor shower.
Tree House Suites are truly unique at Little Dix Bay as the only stand-alone suites with both a sundeck and a shaded garden patio directly beneath each suite.
Come – be at one with nature in these stunning new accommodations.
Thinking of getting married abroad? The last thing you want is to be part of the usual production line of brides and grooms that is so often the case. This really detracts from your special day and particularly when you realise you are number 10 in the queue! This would NEVER happen in the BVI.
The British Virgin Islands is the perfect location for your wedding day. A marriage licence is easy to obtain and takes one working day to process. The certificate is valid internationally.
Yours would be the only wedding held that day, wherever you choose to stay and it can be for just you two, or your friends and family – the choice is yours. It can also be as low key or as lavish as you wish – again…..the choice is yours.
Marry the one you love on a white sand beach as the sun goes down, aboard a yacht – very romantic or, if you wish, you can also marry in a church of your choice. You can have a religious or non-religious ceremony – it’s your day.
Choose the beautiful British Virgin Islands for your special day and create memories to last a lifetime.