British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Overview

The British Virgin Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the West Indies. They lie near the western end of the Lesser Antilles. A channel called the Narrows separates them from the Virgin Islands of the United States.

Of the 40-or-so Caribbean islands and islets making up the territory, only 16 are inhabited. Tortola is the largest, hilliest and busiest, its gorgeous bays and beaches complemented by the picturesque harbour capital of Road Town, sweeping views of the other islands from Sage Mountain.

West of Tortola is Jost Van Dyke, ‘the barefoot island’, with a laid-back lifestyle of beach cafés, pig roasts and parties to account for its nickname. Or take a water taxi to the flat, remote island of Anegada, a haven for wreck divers – as well as miles of sandy beaches.

CLIMATE

The Virgin Islands have a delightful tropical climate the year around. The growing season never ends. Trade winds blow over the islands most of the year, and there are no extremes of heat or cold. The temperature ranges from 70 °F to 90 °F (21 °C to 32 °C), and averages 78 °F (26 °C). The islands receive from 40 to 60 inches of rainfall a year. The heaviest rains generally occur in spring and fall.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Road Town
POPULATION: 24,000
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: US Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or either a two or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: VG
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +284
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -4