15 Best Things to Do in British Virgin Islands
Encompassing 60 picturesque islands, the British Virgin Islands is your go-to Caribbean destination. Offering you abundant of beaches and bays, BVI lets you thoroughly enjoy the surf and sand. With many shipwrecks in the vicinity and colorful coral under crystal clear waters, snorkelling is indisputably one of the top things to do in British Virgin Islands. Swimming in The Baths, taking a dip in The Bubbly Pool, and wandering through the Gorda Peak National Park are other interesting activities to indulge in BVI.
Here is a list of the best things to do in the Virgin Islands to have a memorable vacation.
1. Admire nature at The Baths
The Baths are undoubtedly and rightly one of the best places to visit in British Virgin Islands. This beach area on the island of Virgin Gorda boasts of unique geological formations. They are formed due to erosion of granite into piles of boulders on the beach. These huge granite boulders have formed fascinating tunnels, tidal pools, and lovely grottoes. The Baths is a popular tourist attraction for snorkelling and swimming.
2. Stroll along the sandy arch of Smuggler’s Cove
If you are in Tortola, you absolutely cannot miss visiting Smuggler’s Cove. This crescent moon-shaped beach leaves no stone unturned to leave you mesmerized. It is famous amongst tourists and locals for offering the best snorkelling opportunities. Packed with a variety of marine life and lovely coral reef, snorkelling here is an enthralling experience.
3. Spot Flamingos at Anegada Island
Anegada Island is a land of the gorgeous Flamingos. Upon visiting this island, you will see flocks of these magnificent pink hued bird. The island is also dubbed as a ‘drowned island’ as its highest point is just 28 feet above sea level. There are about 300 shipwreck spots around the Anegada Island that you may dive and explore.
4. Visit the green abode called Gorda Peak National Park
Spanning a vast area of 260 acres, the Gorda Peak National Park is engulfed in tall woods and lush greenery. It has a number of trails that are ideal to enjoy a scenic hike. The trails lead you to the highest Gorda Peak of Virgin Gorda, standing tall at a height of 1,370 feet. Reaching at the top of Gorda Peak, you will be treated to panoramic vistas.
5. Indulge in many water sports at Cane Garden Bay
The turquoise water of Cane Garden Bay is as crystal clear as it can get. This epitome of serenity in Tortola is imbibed with local vibes. It is a great place to indulge in a variety of water activities like jet skiing, swimming, and snorkelling. The aquamarine water, with a hilly range covered in tall palms and volcanic rocks, make for a scenic backdrop. At night, Can Garden Bay comes alive with live music from local bars.
6. Discover shipwrecks at Rhone Marine Park
The wreck of The Rhone boasts to be the first and only marine national park in BVI. Diving here is considered to be one of the top things to do in British Virgin Islands. Once below the water, you will find the wrecks of the Royal Mail Streamer which crashed to the bottom, due to a hurricane in 1867, taking lives of 125 people on board.
7. Laze around at Brewers Bay
As the name suggests, Brewers Bay was the once the place that had many sugar plantations and distilleries. Visit the Brewers Bay Beach and you will be treated to a number of spectacular ruins. It is also famed to be one of the best place for snorkelling, provided you have your own equipment. You may even just rent a beach lounger, lie back, and enjoy reading a good book under the sun.
8. Shop at the Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop & Art Gallery
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Take a break from visiting all the picturesque natural spots in British Virgin Islands, and visit the Sunny Caribbee Spice Shop & Art Gallery for a change. They have an assortment of local spices including chutneys, jams, sweets, and hot sauce. Besides, the store also sells art trinkets and local bath soaps that you may buy as souvenirs.
9. Hike through the Mount Sage National Park
Mount Sage National Park was established in 1967 and is spread over a vast land of 96 acres. The national park’s volcanic peak stands tall at a height of 1,716 feet and is the highest point in British Virgin Islands. There are twelve, well-marked trails in the national park that form a loop. Trekking along these trails is one of the best things to do in Virgin Islands.
10. Take a dip in The Bubbly Pool
The Bubbly Pool is BVI’s little hidden treasure. This is a pretty geological cove which offers natural jacuzzi. As waves come crashing through a narrow gap between the cliffs, they form a froth of tiny bubbles. Take a dip in this pool and you will feel instantly rejuvenated. One of the most exciting activities to do in Virgin Islands, this is a place you must visit.
11. Enjoy snorkelling at The Indians
Featuring an underwater cavern, a 50-feet long tunnel, several fish, and plenty of coral gardens, The Indians has no competition in being the best snorkelling site in all of British Virgin Islands. The four rocky pinnacles, rising and descending around 50 feet above and below water level, make for one of the top places to visit in Virgin Islands.
12. Tour the ancient Callwood Rum Distillery
The Callwood Rum Distillery is supposedly run since the 1800s and is considered to be one of the oldest, continuously working distillery in BVI. A tour of this place will let you know about the structure of a Sugarcane distillery. The rum is even now produced by the original boiler. The distillery also has a gift shop and an art gallery, set up under the old guard house.
13. Have a pleasant stay at Nanny Cay
With a marina and a boatyard, Nanny Cay is a hub of majestic yachts and plenty of boats. This pretty island is home to many restaurants, resorts, and condominiums that make it popular amongst the travellers to enjoy a comfortable stay while vacationing in the British Virgin islands.
14. Watch out for the thorny cacti at Prickly Pear
Head towards the uninhabited Prickly Pear island to enjoy some recreational water sports. As the name suggests, this island has slopes covered in ‘prickly’ cacti that lead you to pristine beaches. In 1988, Prickly Pear Island was declared as a national park. For hiking enthusiasts, there trails starting from the Sand Box Bar and ending at the beautiful North Beach.
15. Have fun at Dolphin Discovery, Tortola
Dolphin Discovery in Tortola is one of the best places to visit with kids in Virgin Islands. This water park offers many programs, opting for which you will be able to swim and perform tricks with the trained dolphins. Promising action and speed with each programs, this would be a memorable experience on a gorgeous day.
Although British Virgin Islands is seen as the vacation destination of many celebrities, it wouldn’t burn a hole in the pocket of commoners. So pack your bags and head towards this land of natural wonders.