British Virgin Island Cruises
Lush mountains, coral reefs, famous shipwrecks and impossibly beautiful beaches make the British Virgin Islands a paradise on earth. A cruise holiday to the British Virgin Islands will take you to a sun-drenched archipelago of 50 plus islands, rocks and cays. Only 16 are inhabited, but that is more than enough choice. [ReadMoreMob]
For a real taste of island life, how about a visit to Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands on the south coast of Tortola. You’ll find most of the town’s pubs and restaurants along the waterfront offering plenty of tasty seafood dishes, rum punch and roti.
Without doubt the biggest draw to these islands are the beaches. During your cruise you can cast your net wide and visit some of the other islands in the archipelago, such as Norman Island whose caves are said to be the setting for Treasure Island.[ReadMoreDesk]
Whether you just want to relax and feel the warmth of the sun, spot whales and dolphins, explore the history and nature of these islands, or indulge in a spot of snorkelling, one cruise to the British Virgin Islands simply won’t be enough.
Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands
Many of the British Virgin Islands are named after 17th century pirates or privateers. Pirates were those sailors who committed illegal robbery on the high seas, while privateers – who committed virtually identical acts of robbery on the high seas – did so legally, by way of an official license granted by their country’s ruling monarch. Pirates who hid their booty (treasure) for safekeeping from other pirates routinely buried pirate treasure on these islands. Apparently, some of the treasure was never recovered, and according to local legend, great fortunes in gold remains buried along these shores.
Virgin Gorda, ‘The Fat Virgin,’ has a ridge similar to Tortola – though only 8.5 miles (13 km) long and reaching 1,370 feet (415m) at Gorda Peak. An intriguing group of huge granite boulders forming water-filled grottos are strewn along the southern beach of Devil’s Bay and collectively titled ‘The Baths.’ These boulders, which researchers believe may have been carried by a glacier in some distant ice age, create an environment so memorable that The Baths have become one of the most famous icons of the British Virgin Islands and indeed the Caribbean.
The British Virgin Islands comprise over 50 islands, ranging in size from Tortola to the tiny Sandy Cay. Verdant with tropical greenery and largely unspoilt, only 16 islands are inhabited.