Introducing British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are territories of Her Majesty’s land, but they mostly resemble their cousins, the US Virgin Islands (USVI), though they’re quirkier and blissfully less developed. Take Jost Van Dyke, population 200, where a man named Foxy is king and time flies when you’re doing very little, as the T-shirts proclaim (though in slightly different words). Main island Tortola is known for its full-moon parties, fungi bands and fire jugglers. Billionaires and yachties swoon over Virgin Gorda; you’ll understand the ardor once you’ve seen its national parks. Anegada floats in a remote reef and has a hammock waiting for those serious about unplugging. Then there are the 40-plus out islands – some uninhabited, some with just a beach bar, some with shipwrecks to dive on. You’ll need your own boat to reach them, but since the BVI are the Caribbean’s charter-boat capital, you’re in luck.