Located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory covering about 150 square kilometers of area. The most interesting thing about this place is that it is divided into several beautiful islands which are also world famous tourist destinations. Let’s have a look at these islands:
The largest and the most populated island that covers a surface area of around 55.7 square kilometers. Locals believe that the name of this island ‘Tortola’ meaning ‘turtle love’ was coined by Christopher Columbus. This mountainous island has Mount Sage as its highest peak at 530 meters. The northern coast of this island is known for its beautiful beaches including Long Bay, Brewer’s Bay, Lambert beach, etc. Also, you can enjoy sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and cruise tours.
The third largest and the second most populous island here that covers about 8 square miles of area. It is believed that this island was also named by Christopher Columbus as ‘The Fat Virgin’ because the shape of the island appears that of a fat woman. The Baths, an unusual geologic formation is one of the most attractive tourist spots here. Also, Copper Mine is amongst the most notable ruins of the island. Other attractions include North Sound or the Garda Sound that is one of the world’s renowned harbours.
Lying to the northernmost of the BVI, Anegada is one of the most sparsely populated islands here. An interesting thing about this island is that it has originated from coral and limestone and is flat and low in terms of geography. Its miles long sandy beaches, large salt ponds and views of endangered animals like Anegada rock iguana and some species of turtles are worth a visit.
Spanning over 8 square kilometers of area, this island has mountainous and volcanic origins as most of the islands of BVI. A famous tourist attraction here is Belle Vue, where you will find bars and eating spots on the beach strip around this harbour. Soggy Dollar Bar located near White Bay is another spot popular as the originator of Painkiller drink.
Located to the east of Tortola island, Beef island is the site of the main commercial airport, Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport serving Tortola and rest of the BVI. A small town called Trellis Bay with restaurants, local craft shops, cafes, etc. lies near to the airport and has a beach too.
So, these were some of the most famous islands of the British Virgin Islands. Keep reading our blog to know about more such tourist destinations.