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British Virgin Islands

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The majestic beauty of the British Virgin Islands can be seen from the sparkling blue waters to the spectacular mountains. These unspoiled islands will take away your cares as you bask in the Caribbean sun.

Many visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of their normal busy lives. You will find that many wonderful adventures await you as you arrive in The British Virgin Islands.

There are a total of fifty British Virgin Islands but most of them are uninhabited. All of the islands can be visited and have much to offer in their beauty. Each one has their own face and personality to give them a unique distinction from the rest. Since each island receives different amounts of rainfall, the soil and exposure to the sun varies you will love all the various types of vegetation. There are areas that are very green with palms and tropical fruit trees and other areas where there are cactus, loblolly, frangipani and wild tamarind. In the valley's you will enjoy the tropical flowers such as hibiscus, bougainvillea and flamboyant. Along the coastline you may even see mangrove or sea grape trees. As you can see, the British Virgin Islands have such a diverse terrain that everyone will enjoy the magnificent scenery.

The beautiful white sandy beaches, the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean and the warm and inviting Caribbean sun have many visitors basking on their favorite beach when they visit the British Virgin Islands. Some of the most popular beaches on Tortola include Smugglers Cove, Long Bay, Apple Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer's Bay, Josiah's Bay, Lambert Beach (better known as Elizabeth Beach), and Little Lambert Beach (better known as Little Elizabeth Beach). The beaches on Tortola line the northern coast and the southern coast is dotted with majestic mountain peaks with frangipani and sage to create a unique and awesome island paradise. The Sage Mountain Park is located on the island of Tortola and many people love the rainforest quality of this unique park.

Virgin Gorda is another popular island to visit while exploring the British Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda is home to some of the most beautiful and unique beaches in the world. Their most popular beaches include The Baths, Spring Bay, Trunk Bay, Savannah Bay, Mahoe Bay and the famous Devil's Bay. The Baths and Devil's Bay are the most visited spots on this island. The Baths is an awesome scene with giant boulders forming a series of magnificent pools and grottoes. Devil's Bay is a national park that is so beautiful and well kept that you will enjoy the entire day just strolling around. On the southeastern tip of Virgin Gorda you will love exploring the abandoned Copper Mine. Some of the buildings from these 19th century buildings are still pretty much in tact.

Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Island may be a smaller island with only around 150 residents. This majestic mountain island has many wonderful beaches and the famous Great Harbor. This is the famous stop over for many sailors that enjoy a tall cool drink while out sailing. The most popular beaches on Jost Van Dyke are White Bay and Sandy Cay.

Anegada is so opposite of Jost Van Dyke, the highest point of this island is only 28 feet above sea level. This small island has very few residents but has some of the most gorgeous white sandy beaches in all of the Caribbean. The most famous spot for scuba divers and snorkelers is the horseshoe reef where hundreds of shipwrecks have occurred.

Other islands in the British Virgin Islands that have tales of buried treasure and exciting snorkeling areas include Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island, Cooper Island, Dead Chest, Fallen Jerusalem, Ginger Island, Great Camanoe and the group of islands named The Dogs. Each one of these islands have various attractions and activities, such as caves, wonderful snorkeling spots, quiet beaches, fishing ponds, swimming, sailing, and some even have a few dining places.

If you are really seeking an adventure of a lifetime, then you should go scuba diving around the British Virgin Islands. There are many famous shipwrecks in the waters all around this area that are just waiting for you to explore. Some of the most famous ships that have met their demise in the waters around the British Virgin Islands include RMS Rhone, 14-gun sloop HMS Nymph, Chikuzen, The HMS Astrea, The Paramatta, and MS Rocus. You can visit Virgin Gorda's Saba Rock and see many artifacts that have been recovered from the watery depths of many of these shipwrecks.

For more information and to learn the entry requirements for the British Virgin Islands you can contact the information manager at 284-494-3134.

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