Also known as “the little secret of nature”, the British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean waters of Francis Drake Channel, east of Puerto Rico. This is one of the main destinations of the world for its natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna and the low impact that tourism has resulted in various enclaves. Only 20 of the 36 islands are inhabited, notably, Virgin Gorda, José Van Dyke, Tortola and Anegada.
The archipelago has a pleasant subtropical climate and high temperatures are mitigated by trade winds. The vast majority of days are sunny and the moisture content is high. The rainy season varies a little rainfall is unpredictable and there are some periods of drought. In winter the temperature varies between 22 -28 º C, while in the summer ranges from 26-31 º C. Between June and November, the possibility of hurricanes is increasing, although tropical storms are frequent throughout the year.
In most cases the entry requirement is a valid passport is not necessary to process a visa. The maximum stay permitted is 30 days, although it is possible to request an extension. Besides this, a proof of booking passage back and sufficient funds to cover the cost of the stay.
The official currency is the U.S. dollar (USD). Most of the local credit cards and traveler’s checks, but if you travel to Anegada, should be effective. Tortola and Virgin Gorda ATMs, in Road Town banks and moneychangers.
It is customary to leave 10-15% tip for good service, but hotels usually add 10-12%, so make sure before leaving extras. Buttons and porters usually receive U.S. $ 1 per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, as most drive their own vehicles.
With regard to health, it is recommended to take precautions against mosquitoes, as there are cases of dengue. In the main islands of the archipelago and there are limited medical facilities in Road Town is a hospital. None of the BVI with hyperbaric decompression chambers, and cases that require more complex care are transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. or Puerto Rico. It was suggested medical insurance and travel coverage.
While security conditions in the archipelago are quite good and the crime rate is low, it is recommended to take the basic precautions and do not hold valuable items to prevent theft, especially on the beaches and places.
It is important to respect the cultural and people to ask permission before photographing them, as it is considered rude to take pictures without asking.
Where to go:
The archipelago’s largest island Tortola, is also the main commercial center. In addition, the island is a major destination for lovers of sailing and for those seeking to enjoy picturesque hills, beautiful beaches and a tranquil atmosphere, ideal for relaxing. At the center of the island is Mount Sage is the highest point, where you can enjoy the spectacular views that make up the lush tropical landscape, the lonely shores and bays and islands that surround it. You can also see ruins of the eighteenth century, a reminder of the era of the plantations in the sugar and rum were the engines of the economy of the territory. South of the island, along a yacht harbor, colorful restaurants, hotels and shops, is Road Town, the picturesque capital of the archipelago, a perfect place to enjoy the local cuisine and international. Two other good options is to visit the famous Cane Garden Bay Beach, an enclave favorite swimmers, practicing water sports and sailing center and the nightlife of the island, or J. R. O’Neal Botanical Gardens in the heart of the capital, an obligatory stop for those seeking tropical flora of the Caribbean.
The coast of Virgin Gorda, the third largest archipelago, consists of hundreds of coves and bays and is one of the favorite destinations for yacht owners and tourists, which has private and secure enclaves, plus isolated beaches crystal. The impact of tourism on the island is strictly controlled to preserve its pristine paradise landscapes, hotels and resorts are luxurious but discreet, mostly managed by local people. Spanish Town, the main town of the island is known for its relaxed lifestyle, its handicraft shops, perfect for those looking to take home a souvenir of the traditional travel and national restaurant meal. In addition to the variety of beautiful beaches, the main attraction of the island is The Baths, located on the shores of the south. This point of interest is formed by giant granite boulders that form pools, tunnels, caves and arches, perfect for exploring and enjoying the swimming and diving. Early in the morning or very late are the best times to enjoy this place, and that those hours are less crowded.