The sands are of a striking chalky white, the seas a shimmering crystalline blue and the sunsets second to none – welcome to the British Virgin Islands, one of the world’s most illustrious havens for sun-seeking hedonists. Typically the privileged domain of moguls, models and millionaires, this smattering of lushly forested islands offers countless secluded bays, pristine coral reefs and an infectious Creole vibe that will sweep you off your feet and into a hammock before you can say: “another rum cocktail”.
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About British Virgin Islands
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Road Town
- English (population 12,600)
- Time zone:
- (GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time (Canada)
- Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit British Virgin Islands
Essentially there exists no bad time to visit the British Virgin Islands: just good and better. Blessed with balmy nights, cooling trade winds and average afternoon temperatures that tend to hover around the mid-twenties, the weather is pretty idyllic year-round. This being said, the winter months of December to May are the driest, with rains on the increase during the summer months and peaking in September. Hurricane season is from June to November, but they aren’t a very frequent occurrence.
Geography and environment
Top 5 cocktails of the British Virgin Islands
1. The Painkiller
The British Virgin Islands boast some seriously fabulous fruity rum cocktails – the most legendary being The Painkiller. Essentially just dark rum mixed with orange and pineapple juice and topped with shaved ice, a dollop of coconut cream and sprinkle of nutmeg, the drink is so-named for its ability to dull morning pains invariably incurred from downing too many of these the night before.
2. The Bushwacker
An icy blend of rum, vodka, Kahlua, Baileys, amaretto and chocolate, this milkshake makes for one delectable dessert – albeit one you’ll want to steer the kids well clear of.
3. Beach Tomato
Not quite as common as The Painkiller and Bushwacker but fare more potent, the Beach Tomato is a heady fusion of banana rum, pineapple and orange juice, Cointreau and generous lashings of Bacardi 151. Despite the name, it doesn’t include tomatoes.
4. Limin’ de Coconut
All across the Caribbean, ‘limin’ is Creole slang for hanging out. So think of this as you spending some quality time with a coconut. If that sounds a bit too Tom Hanksy for your liking, know that you’ll also be becoming acquainted with 1½ oz of light rum, 1 oz of lime juice and a glass full of crushed ice. This one also doesn’t include tomatoes.
5. The Honesty Cocktail
Just up from Little Harbour on Jost Van Dyke, perched above chalky white sands with exquisite views over turquoise waters, is the aptly named ‘Ivan’s Stress Free Bar’. Things are so stress-free at this bar that instead of a bartender there will sometimes just be a note saying: ‘make your drink, start your tab, pay it when you leave.’ So this is the place to put tomatoes into your cocktail if you really want to.
FAQs on British Virgin Islands
Coffee in a café = $5
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant = $15
3-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant = $85
3 Mar – HL Stoutt’s Birthday
10 Mar – Commonwealth Day
18 Apr – Good Friday
21 Apr – Easter Monday
9 Jun – Whit Monday
14 Jun – Sovereign’s Birthday
1 Jul – Territory Day
4 Aug – August Festival
24 Oct – St Ursula’s Day
25 Dec – Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2014. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/peru/public-holidays
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: No - Not required
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
British Virgin Islands Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for British Virgin Islands
1. Be considerate of the British Virgin Islands’s customs, traditions, religion and culture
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts
4. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive
5. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals
6. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children
7. Never touch or remove coral from reefs. Also, avoid buying souvenirs that have been illegally removed from the reef.
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