The British Virgin Islands, are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean, but this only adds to their appeal. The resorts, villas, restaurants and other tourist attractions in this paradise are known to emphasize spare luxury over sprawling expansion, and they attract travellers with deep pockets and a love for sailing and seclusion. Many travellers who visit come by ferry boat from another Caribbean isle, especially as some find opulent exile too hard to enjoy for longer than a day or two.
With protected waters, consistent trade winds, line-of-sight navigation, short hops, endless secluded coves and well-equipped marinas, the 60 emerald splodges that make up the British Virgin Islands are one of the world’s best sailing destinations, especially for novices. There are four main islands. Tortola is the largest, liveliest and most developed. Slower-paced Virgin Gorda has the famous Baths, where vast granite boulders form pools that are great for snorkelling. Jost Van Dyke, the party island, has a disproportionately large number of bars and restaurants to its small size, while low-lying, reef-surrounded Anegada is famed for its diving and snorkelling.