A vacation in the British Virgin Islands can be as relaxed or as action packed as you want it to be. Whether you use this opportunity to try a bunch of new things or to put in time doing the things you love but never have time to do back home, there are plenty of activities available to keep you entertained.
The British Virgin Islands are made up of many different islands. Among the main islands, there is a vast difference in terrain, road quality, and urabanization. What this means is no matter what kind of riding you are looking for, it can be found somewhere in the BVI.
If you are considering seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find a variety of different businesses that can help make it happen. Navigate to this extended discussion regarding bike and scooter rentals if you're looking for additional information.
You'll find 16 dive operators and at least 114 interesting dive sites in the area. You can read this page about scuba diving in this area if you want more details.
Annual events and festivals are a beloved way for locals to get together and celebrate the things that are important to them as a group. People on the British Virgin Islands particularly love sailing events and music festivals, so you should be on the lookout for such events as the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival and the BVI Music Festival. These events make it easy to sample local fare, hear regional music, and pick up a few hand crafted souvenirs all in one place.
The British Virgin Islands are some of the very best fishing destinations in the Caribbean, and some of the top spots in the world are found here. Visitors looking for a day at sea or at the shore fishing will be very pleased with the many options provided on the islands.
If there are some avid fishermen in your group, they'll be pleased to know there are 11 charter fishing services in this area. Those interested can find out more concerning fishing in this area can do so by clicking here.
Check out the following chart for a listing of local providers that will help you get out on the water.
|Aaron Rentals||(284) 494-8917||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Aristocat Charters||(284) 499-1249||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|B&B Charters||(284) 496-9341||0.7 mi. North of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|BVI 360||(284) 541-1281||0.7 mi. South-Southeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|BVI Sea and Land Tours||(284) 541-2369||0.2 mi. North of Central Great Harbour||Jost Van Dyke|
|BVI Yacht Charters||--||0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-2268||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|C&D Power Boat Rentals||(284) 495-1401||0.5 mi. East of Central Parham Town||Tortola|
|Conch Charters||(284) 494-4868||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Day Trips BVI||(284) 340-3434||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Footloose Sailboat Charters||(284) 494-0528||0.4 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Island Rydes Boat Charters||(284) 541-3068||1.7 mi. West of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|Island Surf & Sail||(284) 494-0123||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Kuralu||(284) 495-4381||3.0 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Tortola|
|La Boheme Charters||(284) 541-4861||0.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Mystique Charters||(284) 494-0740||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Powerboat Adventures||(248) 346-5658||0.1 mi. South-Southeast of Central Setting Point||Anegada|
|Sea It Clear||(284) 343-9537||Spanish Town, Southeastern part of the BVI||Virgin Gorda|
|Silmaril Sailing||(284) 342-6248||5.2 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town||Peter Island|
|Spirit Of Anegada Day Sails||(284) 499-0901||Spanish Town, Southeastern part of the BVI||Virgin Gorda|
|True Blue Power Boats||(284) 541-6666||0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|(284) 494-2564||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
If you'd like to learn about marinas and charter operators go to this article.
Unlike the U.S. Virgin Islands, where shopping is considered to be some of the best in the world, it takes a bit more doing to find good deals in the British Virgin Islands. Still, most tourists are up for the challenge. Traditional shopping malls are not to be found, however, this leaves room for locally owned shops with handmade products that make for perfect souvenirs. If you don't want to work so hard to find shopping opportunities, stick to Tortola, where you can find a shopping center in Road Town.
If you have some folks who enjoy window shopping vacationing with you, they might be interested to know that more than 75 retail stores are located in this area. If you'd like to find out about shopping in the BVI, you can do so by clicking here.
Sightseeing is also a good way to use some of your time in the BVI. The area has 18 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts will frequently have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical garden. Those needing to get more details concerning area sightseeing opportunities can do so by clicking here.
Information concerning a firm that will show you the most interesting local sights can be seen in the following table:
|Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 779-2155||1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Kayaking Service||(284) 346-2606||1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Parham Town||Beef Island|
If you enjoy sightseeing underwater there's good news -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in the BVI. You can read this extended discussion about snorkeling if you're interested in learning additional details.
Going to a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 14 spas located in this area. For more in-depth coverage of places to relax in this area see this page.
Watersports are bountiful in the British Virgin Islands, as you might easily imagine. Participating in any of them can be a great way to pass the time doing something you may not get to experience back home. Most large resorts offer non-motorized watersports equipment free of charge, and motorized sports for a small fee. Some even have a onetime scuba diving training session in the pool. To get fully certified, you may have to see out the help of a professional scuba shop, of which there are plenty. Snorkeling is a great choice for those who don't want to invest too much time learning, but still can't resist the idea of underwater exploration.
When you're vacationing on one of the top sailing destinations in the world, you simply cannot pass up the chance to spend a day sailing, and if you can squeeze in some fishing you'll really have made the most of your time. A boat chartered for fishing will often include bait and tackle as well as lunch, snacks, and beverages in the cost of the trip, plus, you'll likely be allowed to bring your caught fish back with you to have the chef at your hotel or a local restaurant prepare for you to eat.
It doesn't take much to keep fit in the British Virgin Islands. Hotels and resorts might have fitness rooms, lap pools, tennis courts, and even beach volleyball courts. While there are no golf courses on the British Virgin Islands, you can utilize ferries or commuter jets to hop a flight to St. Thomas or St. Croix to play a few rounds. Spectator sports come few and far between on the British Virgin Islands, though it may be possible to view some equestrian sports or a regatta during your time on the islands. Ask the concierge at your front desk for details.
If you enjoy playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 7 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following information may help with you make a decision. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Island||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||2|
|Rosewood Little Dix Bay||3.5 mi. South West of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda||2|
|Peter Island Resort & Spa||6.0 mi. Southeast of Central Tortola||Peter Island||4|
|Prospect Reef Resort||0.9 mi. South of Downtown Road Town||Tortola||5|
|Long Bay Beach Resort||1.4 mi. South West of Central Little Carrot Bay||Tortola||2|
|Crystal Cove||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||4|
|Sapphire Village Condominiums||1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||4|
For instance, Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
The following table provides you with some key facts regarding other activities.
|BVI Scuba Company||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(284) 540-2222||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|BVI Scuba Company||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(284) 495-0271||Western part of the BVI||Jost Van Dyke|
|Blue Water Divers||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(284) 494-2847||1.9 mi. South West of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Blue Water Divers||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(284) 495-1200||2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Carib Kiteboarding||Watersports Operator||(284) 495-7740||Virgin Gorda||Virgin Gorda|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(284) 494-8599||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Dive BVI||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(248) 495-7328||0.6 mi. North of Central Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|Dive BVI||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(248) 495-5513||0.2 mi. West of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Dive BVI||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(248) 495-5513||Central the BVI||Scrub Island|
|Dive BVI||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(248) 495-5513||0.8 mi. North of Central Spanish Town||Virgin Gorda|
|Dolphin Discovery Tortola||Dolphin Encounter Service||(284) 494-7677||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Watersports Operator||(284) 494-7694||Beef Island||Beef Island|
|Scenic Trail||--||Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Watersports Operator||(284) 494-0123||0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Frenchman's Cay||Frenchman's Cay|
|Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(284) 495-0271||Jost Van Dyke||Jost Van Dyke|
|Leverick Bay Watersports||Watersports Operator||(284) 495-7376||Santu Patia||Virgin Gorda|
|Paradise Watersports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(284) 495-9941||5.2 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Road Town||Peter Island|
|Tortola Kayak Snorkel Tours||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(284) 346-2606||1.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Parham Town||Beef Island|
|Tennis Instructions Service||(284) 494-3457||0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
|Up's Cineplex||Movie Theater||--||0.4 mi. Northwest of Downtown Road Town||Tortola|
And that's not all. As you go from spot to spot you'll find many more activities to keep you busy. If something of particular interest comes up, you may even want to arrange your schedule to accommodate more time spent on it. Whatever you choose to do, it's certain to be remembered for many years to come.
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