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British Virgin Islands see + do

The British Virgin Islands are the yachting capital of the Caribbean, if not the world, and getting into that lifestyle—sunning, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, beach-hopping, and always dropping anchor in time for happy hour—is what the islands are all about. With the exception of Anegada and a few dollop-size cays, the islands are volcanic, hilly, and covered in dry green scrub. So while you'll find some great ocean overlooks atop Tortola and Virgin Gorda, these are not great islands for hiking. Instead, look to the blue for activities: Concentrate on sailing above, diving below, and floating on the warm clear water. With this in mind, we've exclusively listed beaches for the major islands (Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda) in addition to our picks for the best diving, yachting, lesser-known islands, and hideaway coves.

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Beaches of the British Virgin Islands

The BVI's have enough beaches to pick one for every interest and mood. Surfers head to Tortola's Apple Bay to hang ten. Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay off Jost Van...more

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Diving in the British Virgin Islands

The BVI's are an underappreciated dive destination. There are dozens of good sites, and the conditions are ideal: little current, relatively shallow profiles,...more

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Island Hopping in the British Virgin Islands

There's no other place in the Caribbean where traveling between such a diverse collection of islands is not only possible, but easy and fun. There are several...more

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Jost Van Dyke

Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay. You need a boat, but it's worth it for these two tiny dots that are practically all beach off the east coast of the island. Sandy Spit...more

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Tortola

Cane Garden Bay. A long, sheltered curve of white sand on the north coast, this has many water-sports facilities and is lined with restaurants and bars that...more

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Virgin Gorda, Virgin Gorda

The Baths. The otherworldly granite formations here are some of the most photographed and celebrated sites in the Caribbean. Get there first thing in the...more

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Yachting

Visitors will find more boat bunks than hotel beds in the BVIs. It's one of the best places in the world to charter a boat—bareboat or crewed, mostly sail...more

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