The British Virgin Islands are a perfect charter destination for a luxury Caribbean yachting experience. With volcanic peaks playing home to national parks, stunning coral reefs, and a year-round tropical climate, there’s never a bad time to visit.
Tortola is also home to Sage Mountain National Park. As the tallest peak in all the Virgin Islands, it offers panoramic views across the water and surrounding islands. Sage Mountain is so tall it creates its own rain systems, allowing tropical Caribbean rain forest to thrive on the north-west slopes. Here, you can explore twelve trails which snake between trees of white cedar and mahogany.
To the east of Tortola lies Virgin Gorda—so named because Christopher Columbus believed the island looked like a fat woman reclining. This idyllic destination has a variety of high-end yacht clubs, including the Bitter Edge Yacht Club in the north, accessible only by boat. It’s also home to a number of protected parks. In the south-west, boaters can dock at the mooring buoys to access Devil’s Bay National Park, famous for its snorkelling opportunities and seabirds.
The only coral island in the chain, Anegada is low-lying, reaching only 28-feet above sea level at its highest point. Here, you will find a score of unusually named beaches, such as Flash of Beauty and Cow Wreck Beach, which are sheltered by the vast Horseshoe Reef. The waters are rich with sea life and team with rays, needle fish and mojarra, as well as technicolour coral. Anegada is also a haven for wreck divers, with Spanish galleons and British warships resting on the ocean floor. Sailors should take particular care navigating Anegada’s surrounding waters—the shallow reefs are very dangerous and boats frequently run aground.
For a different pace of holiday, the unspoiled and rugged Jost Van Dyke island is rich with folklore. The sugar mills, once the industry of the island, are now overgrown with thick vegetation and there are numerous trails for visitors to wander. In the east, the sea forms a natural jacuzzi for bathers to enjoy and yachters may catch sight of whales and dolphins frolicking in the water. Jost Van Dyke is also famous for its cuisine, including flying fish sandwiches and The Painkiller: the Caribbean’s most legendary cocktail. Jost Van Dyke’s Great Harbour is an ideal destination for a New Year’s Eve holiday—the yacht parties that take place here are famous throughout the world.
Port Purcell (Road Town) Wickhams Cay II (Road Town) Nanny Cay Marina (Road Town) Hodges Creek Marina (Maya Cove) Soper's Hole Marina (Soper's Hole) Trellis Bay Harbour (Trellis Bay) Great Harbour (Jost Van Dyke) Bitter End Yacht Club (Bitter End) Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour (Spanish Town) Great Harbour (Jost Van Dyke)
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Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (früher: Beef Island Tortola Airport, Tortola) Auguste George Airport (Anegada) Virgin Gorda Airport (Virgin Gorda) Cyril E. King Airport (Amerikanische Jungferninseln)
The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate year-round, with low humidity and average highs ranging from 26º in January to 31º in July and August. This climate is moderated by easterly trade winds. Rainfall varies, but in general September to November are the wettest months. Between June and November, it’s hurricane season in the Caribbean, so sailors should pay particular attention to weather reports. However, in recent years hurricanes have had little effect on the British Virgin Islands aside from some localised flooding.