Luxury holidays in British Virgin Islands

Around 60 little pockets of paradise make up the British Virgin Islands, forming a brightly blue-green constellation across the Caribbean. Most are uninhabited, but the largest Tortola, home to capital Road Town, and Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke are the ones holidaymakers flock to. Each is duly blessed with beaches so beautiful they seem made-to-order and palm-strewn interiors – frankly, honeymooners will never have an easier set of options – but each has a distinct charm. Tortola attracts sailors and full-moon revellers, and is where the British legacy is most strongly felt; Virgin Gorda has the Baths (a mystical rocky labyrinth); Anegada has flamingos, iguanas and wreck dives; and Jost Van Dyke is best known as the backdrop for Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. Hire a boat, hop around and see which treasures each new isle offers up.

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Areas in British Virgin Islands

When to go

The British Virgin Islands are at their most popular as an unseasonably sunny Christmas destination – book in the months before to avoid soaring costs and crowds.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Tortola has Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Virgin Gorda has Virgin Gorda Airportand Anegada has Captain Auguste George Airport. The easiest way to reach all three is to stopover in St Thomas on the Dutch arm of the Virgin Islands; there are direct flights from many cities in the US, although those arriving from further away may need to make two stops.
  • Boats

    Ferries are the easiest way to get from island to island – from St Thomas you can sail to Tortola or Virgin Gorda (the journey to Tortola is faster). From those there are good links between the other isles.
  • Automobiles

    On the larger islands a car might come in handy for testing out the waters on different beaches, cays and bays; on the smaller islands, you may prefer to simply flop and drop. Tortola and Virgin Gorda have car-hire booths, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke have scooter and jeep rental.