British Virgin Islands
These Caribbean islands are some of the more sunnier climes presided over by Queen Elizabeth II, but besides it’s royal beauty, there is nothing particularly British about this tropical archipelago.The British Virgin Islands are renowned for their tailor made sailing experiences in the bluest waters. Whether you are interested in laidback cruising, wining and dining, exploring natural parks or getting involved in an abundance of wonderful water sports.
It is here that you will take your first steps into paradise. Check in at your base marina in Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, known as the yachting capital of the Caribbean. Set sail towards Cooper island to enjoy an unforgettable first sunset while sailing.
Cooper Island is part of the string of small islands 10 minutes from Tortola. Manchioneel Bay is famous for its grassy seabeds so you are almost guaranteed to see sea turtles but be sure to get there early as mooring balls fill up quickly.
Virgin Gorda is famous for “the Baths” - natural pools and grottoes which were formed by deposited granite that eroded into piles of boulders on the beach. You simply cannot miss snorkeling and frolicking around these rock formations. Enjoy an afternoon sail to the northern part of Virgin Gorda where you will climb Gorda Peak to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Alternatively, Saba rock offers Tarpon feeding for children at sunset.
After a refreshing morning swim, set sail towards Anegada, the northernmost island of the British Virgin Islands. Immerse yourself in a landscape where Flamingos flock in salt ponds, while ridiculously blue water dabbles at beaches. Rent scooters and explore the island before having lunch in Loblolly Bay or Cow Wreck beach. Eating lobster here is an unwritten rule so don’t miss out.
Weigh anchor and cruise over to Guana island and spend the day at White Bay - a quiet sugary sanded beach perfect for a picnic. Later, put on your mask and fins and get ready for some spectacular snorkeling at Monkey Point.
Named after a Dutch pirate, the island is well known for its laid-back attitude, beautiful white sandy beaches and local entertainment. During the day, stop at Sandy Cay and head to the Soggy Dollar bar to enjoy your first Painkiller Cocktail of the day, a BVI signature drink. For a great grill, head to Corsairs beach bar in Great Harbour.
Immerse yourself in the crystalline waters of Cane Garden Bay. Next to beach bars and good restaurants, here you can rent stand up boards and paddle along the calm waters. Sail in the afternoon to Norman Island, locally known as Treasure Island after Robert Louis Stevenson’s book of the same name. After anchoring in The Bight, dip your toes in the sea while sipping a cocktail at “Pirates”. Absolute bliss.