Places in British Virgin Islands
Cane Garden Bay Area
A turquoise cove ringed by steep green hills, Cane Garden Bay is exactly the kind of place Jimmy Buffett would immortalize in song – which he did in 1978’s ‘Mañana.’ The area’s perfecto 1-mile beach and throngs of rum-serving bars and restaurants make it Tortola’s most popular party zone. South of Cane Garden Bay is a series of picturesque bays.
Among Tortola’s sharp peaks and bougainvillea-clad hillsides you’ll find a mash-up of play places. Take surfing lessons, join fire jugglers at a full-moon party, dive on shipwrecks, and by all means go sailing amid the festive surrounding isles. About 80% of the BVI’s 29,000 citizens live and work on Tortola.
Let’s be honest: the BVI’s capital is nothing special – no mega sights to see or scenery to drop your jaw. But there’s nothing wrong with Road Town, either (perhaps excepting all the traffic). It’s a perfectly decent place to spend a day or night, and most visitors do exactly that when they charter their own boat or take the ferries to the outlying islands.
Virgin Gorda is the BVI's rich, plump beauty. The otherworldly, granite megaliths at the Baths put on the main show, but gorgeous beaches unfurl all around the island. Movie stars live here (oh hey, Morgan Freeman), and billionaires own the isles floating just offshore (lookin' at you, Richard Branson).