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British Virgin Islands

Umpteen blissful beaches spread across the British Virgin Islands, from pearl-white crescents and glittering blonde bays, to icing sugar-soft sandy coves, reached from the sea by boat. Lapping their shores are teal-blue waters, teeming above with billowing sails, and below superb diving sites full of colourful fishes. Add to these, wide blue skies brushed with fluffy clouds, dazzling orange at dusk and a plenteousness of beach bars and eateries serving meals straight from the sea.

A holiday here feels like discovering an exotic and secret paradise, in exclusivity, as only fifteen of the bounteous British Virgin Islands are inhabited. In its treasure-land ambiance, composed of 60 islands of white soft sand beaches, magnificent azure crystal waters and coral reefs, the endearing archipelago of the British Virgin Islands welcome you in a magic atmosphere that naturally encourages relaxation and restoration, the exploration of the inviting azure waters, abundant and colourful sealife, and the discovery of the richness and miscellany of its history, vibrant culture and traditions.

The British Virgin Islands offer an exceptional variety of marine life forms, magnificent natural environment with umpteen blissful beaches, stretches of sand lining the bijou superstar bays and shores – spectacular spots for sunning, snorkeling and spotting sea turtles or sailing on the dazzling ocean.

 

 

Luxury holiday in the British Virgin Islands offers extraordinary possibilities to discover idyllic islands – a treasure trove of golden soft sand beaches, coral reefs and magnificent azure waters. These wonderful spots are worldwide-known for their gorgeous dive sites as well as for the finest sailing experiences they offer. It is indeed an ideal place to hone your sailing skills and spend unforgettable holidays in an ocean front villa or on your own private island surrounded by plush vegetation and crystal clear turquoise waters mingling with the blue sky.

The richness and miscellany of Virgin Islands rich history, lively culture and traditions are entrenched in the past. Its festivals, culinary dishes, music and arts are related with those who went before, while its traditional houses, terraced hills, historic monuments and island sloops are actual reminders of earlier times.

The Virgin Islands were first settled by the Arawak from 100 Before Christ until the 15th century and were displaced by the more aggressive Caribs, a tribe from after whom the Caribbean is named. Christopher Colombus was the first European who sighted the islands in 1493 and gave them the fanciful name Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgenes, shortened to Las Virgenes, after the legend of Saint Ursula. The Spanish Empire claimed the islands by discovery in the early 16th century, but never settled them. The Dutch established a permanent settlement in Tortola by 1648, only to be then taken by the English in 1666. Thus began the islands’ plantation system, an era that continued for nearly 200 years, illustrated by various economic fluctuations. After the abolition of slavery and a series of economic decline during the 19th century, the plantations were sold, thus converting the islands into a holding agricultural economy, supplemented by mining and fishing. In the 20th century, the islands encountered important change, as tourists started to discover the area’s scenic beauty and unique culture.

Sceneries in the British Virgin Islands are striking, filled with hilly green islands in between wide blue skies and cobalt seas, ringed with mother-of-pearl sea shores. The magic of the vistas extend to the crystal clear waters that invite you to jump straight in and then sunbathe peacefully on one of these heaven-like beaches. Yachting is the perfect activity if you spend your holiday in the British Virgin Islands. Every day will bring a new island, some of them being uninhabited, while in some others, you will find a handy beach bar for sundowners.

Umpteen blissful beaches spread across the British Virgin Islands, from pearl-white crescents and glittering blonde bays, to icing sugar-soft sandy coves, reached from the sea by boat. Lapping their shores are teal-blue waters, teeming above with billowing sails, and below superb diving sites full of colourful fishes. Add to these, wide blue skies brushed with fluffy clouds, dazzling orange at dusk and a plenteousness of beach bars and eateries serving meals straight from the sea.

There are so many show-stopping stretches of sand lining the British Virgin Islands that you will find it very hard to leave at the end of your heaven-like beach holiday where you experienced an indulgent slice of exclusive barefoot luxury. These bijou superstar bays and shores are heavenly spots for sunning, swimming and snorkeling on miles-long stretches of swaying palms and turquoise seas. Spectacular and great for spotting sea turtles, beachcombing or jog alongside the surf-bashed shore an early morning on the Big Reef Bay and Beach, the place to be is out on the open ocean, whether it is on a kiteboard, sail boat or power boat. Or under the water, which is equally beautiful, at a number of wonderful dive sites. A couple of miles away from Necker, two rocks come almost, but not quite, to the surface, and there is a real abundance of marine life enjoying the protection they provide. Amidst the coral reefs and turquoise blue waters that surround the islands, rich marine life thrives, and you will be able to spot dolphins, sharks, turtles and tropical fishes in their favoured realm. On Devel’s Bay, in the Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda, you will discover pristine paradise beach with the purest of white sands and deep waters – ideal for diving. At Mahoe Bay Beach, it is the perfect spot for surfing, and you will also benefit from its great assortment of water activities.

The British Virgin Islands continue to revel in their reputation for seducing sailors centuries after the Spanish first discovered them. Whether you’re a experienced or novice sailor, on holidaying with friends or honeymoon, we will guide you through a selection of classic yachts and luxury motor cruisers, all coming with crew. With more than sixty islands, expect amazing diversity, numerous adventures and always magnetic vistas.

The British Virgin Islands host a great assortment of marine and terrestrial-based life forms, as well as splendid natural environment offering striking scenic vistas that often don’t belie the fragile equilibrium of ecology that has been struck between habitats, geography and organisms. The islands’ coastlines display a diverse and highly interactive zone, ranging from rocky cliffs and pebble-lined slopes to its world famous magic while sandy beaches. On the landward side, the coasts are bounded by mangrove stands and salt ponds – being both essential for the marine habitat. Many species of migratory birds also visit the British Virgin Islands for holiday and are found sharing space with local birds in specialized habitats during the winter season, making the islands an excellent bird-watching spot, and specific marine turtles, including the legendary Leatherback, visit favourite north shore beaches in early summer to nest.

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