Julie Harris

Independent Travel Consultant
CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor
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British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (often referred to as B.V.I.) may be only a few miles away from the U.S. Virgin Islands, but don't expect the hectic tourist activity of St. Thomas. The British Virgin Islands have spectacular sailing waters and coral reefs that surround them, calm and tidy towns, luxurious accommodations and gourmet dining. For many, they are the perfect island getaway.
But, as with most things perfect and elegant, the British Virgin Islands don't come cheap. The islands' emphasis on small, upscale resorts and their desire to appeal to well-heeled travelers result in a relatively pricey paradise with an exclusive atmosphere.
Although some dozen or so cruise ships visit the islands—with the majority of the cruise vessels visiting Tortola—you're more likely to see yachts. Sailors enjoy steady trade winds, short distances between islands, beautiful views and many sheltered coves where they can drop anchor. These are considered some of the finest sailing waters in the world. Scuba divers and snorkelers also relish the reefs, wrecks and clear waters off the islands.
For whatever reason you visit the British Virgin Islands, expect a slow and rejuvenating pace with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The panorama includes white crescent beaches nestled at the bottom of tall, green mountains and stunning views of neighboring islands from steep lookouts.

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