About BVI | Luxury Villa Rental
The BVI (British Virgin Islands) is a pristine collection of over 60 tiny, picture perfect, unspoiled islands, all within a 10-20 minute boat ride of each other. Every island is accessible, completely unique and unbelievably special. Once guests arrive into Tortola (the main entry island into the BVI), they are whisked away by private transfer boat to the island of their choosing, where they can explore the delights of one of the Caribbeans best kept secrets.
The views from each island are truly spectacular. Scrub Island for example affords vistas of the neighbouring Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Peter Island. There are a plethora of activities for guests to enjoy and all can be taken at your own pace. Swimming, sailing, snorkelling, scuba-diving along with culinary genius and guaranteed sunshine has allowed the British Virgin Islands to become the destination of choice for the knowledgable traveller. Paramount in the minds of all the extremely professional staff on each of the islands, is the knowledge that your vacation time is precious and should be enjoyed to the full. Luxury villa rental in the British Virgin Islands is truly our speciality.
Each of the BVI has its own special beauty, character and legends. Discover the magic of the BVI. Our British Virgin Islands Map shows the many islands and where Handpicked Villas are located.
What are the British Virgin Islands? The BVI consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide.
The British Virgin Islands were made for island-hopping. With just a 30 minute boat ride from Virgin Gorda to Tortola, and easy to navigate routes, these natural pearls are dotted amongst the azure waters like seashells on the shore. Have breakfast on one island, lunch on another and dinner on a third, the choice is yours...
Where are the British Virgin Islands? Just a 30 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, or a 30 minute plane ride from San Juan in Puerto Rico, the stunning 50-plus islands and cays that comprise the British Virgin islands have two great assets – accessibility and virgin beauty. Known for years as a " sailor's paradise", yacht cruisers were among the first to realize this was indeed one of "Nature's Little Secrets".
The BVI is a picture of contrasts. There are protected anchorages in quiet palm-fringed coves with spiraling sheer rock faces that plunge to the ocean. From island to island the vegetation can be dramatically different due to rainfall, soil composition and sun exposure. Lush areas support palms and tropical fruit trees like banana, mango and key lime, along with flowering hibiscus and bougainvillea. A hike up a hill may reveal varieties of cactus, wild tamarind and fragrant frangipani.
The third largest island in the BVI, Virgin Gorda, lures visitors to discover the island's stunning beaches, quiet coves and unparalleled beauty and has long been a prime destination for sailing and yachting enthusiasts. A sailor's paradise, its azure seas play host to protected anchorages and gentle breezes.
Culture and history walk side by side on these islands. One can still view the stone remnants of forts, rum distilleries and churches dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Cultural influences can be felt through the islands' music and food – whether it be indigenous fungi, reggae or steel pan, or the taste of local savoury chicken, fish, conch and lobster dishes enhanced with exotic spices.
FACTS ABOUT THE BVI....
The British Virgin Islands host some of the most unique and beautiful villas in the world and have many famous residents who own their own luxury villa, making this collection of fantastic islands exclusive and the perfect destination for your tropical retreat.
- VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BVI
Visas are not usually required when entering the BVI. British Virgin Islands tourist visas are not required for citizens of the United States for a stay up to 30 days. British nationals do not need visas to visit the BVI.
- DEPARTURE TAX FROM THE BVI
US$20 per person leaving by air, US$5 leaving by sea and US$7 for cruise ship passengers.
- LANGUAGE IN THE BVI
The primary language is English, although there is a local dialect. Spanish is spoken by Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants.
- LOCAL TIME IN THE BVI
The British Virgin Islands are part of the AST (Atlantic Standard Time) Time Zone, and are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
- GETTING AROUND THE BVI
Getting around the inter-islands of the British Virgin Islands is varied but on the most part a simple process. If you are having an extended stay on Tortola or main land there are plenty of car and jeep rentals, to explore around the island. In fact visiting the inter-islands via water taxi or ferry are sure to stir up the sailor in you. However, a must try are the inter-island aviation charter flights.
- ELECTRICAL STANDARDS IN THE BVI
Voltage: 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada, most other areas are 220-240 Volts)
- CURRENCY IN THE BVI
The British Virgin Islands currency is the US$.
- CREDIT CARDS IN THE BVI
Most restaurants do encourage and accept credit cards. Travellers cheques in US, UK and Canadian funds are also cashable at many retail outlets. There are many regional and international banks, which have ATMs that will accept major credit cards and dispense local currency based on the current exchange rate.
- WATER STANDARDS IN THE BVI
The drinking water is perfectly safe to drink.
- POPULATION OF THE BVI
The population of the BVI is about 23,552.
- SUNRISE AND SUNSET IN THE BVI
The sun in the BVI rises at about 6.00am and sets at approximately 6:45pm all year around.
- COMMUNICATIONS IN THE BVI
The area code for the BVI is 284. You dial this ths code just like you would do for any other international area code.
- CAPITAL OF THE BVI
The British Virgin Islands capital is Road Town, based on the island of Tortola.