One of the world best kept secrets.
The British Virgin Islands have long been a holiday hideaway for the rich and famous looking to escape the pressures of everyday life. It consists of 60 pristine islands with just 16 inhabited and each one oozes pure luxury and exclusivity with hidden coves and secret bays. The private Islands of Peter Island and Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island are a private paradise and the breathtakingly beautiful island of Virgin Gorda measures just 8 and half square miles. If you’re looking for barefoot luxury you need not look any further.
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British Virgin Islands
Hot and tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year. The driest period is from January to April and there is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end of the year. Like the other Leeward Islands, Antigua can be affected by hurricanes, which are most likely to develop between June and November.
Don’t miss a trip to the Island of Anegada, a coral atoll just an hour away from Virgin Gorda. Here you can walk for miles on coral sand beaches and never see another footprint. It’s also a fantastic destination for snorkelers, with crystal clear waters teaming with exotic fish.
Situated on the island of Tortola, Smugglers’ Cove is a fantastic place to get away from it all and just relax. It’s one of the quietist beaches in the whole of the British Virgin Islands. In fact, there’s only one beach bar in the area, which also serves snacks. Snorkelers will also find it an excellent spot to swim amongst colourful fish and coral.
Sage Mountain National Park
Overlooking Tortola and standing at just over 1700 feet, Sage Mountain can be seen from many of the British Virgin Islands. Ideal for hiking, the National Park is mostly rain forest with a profusion of exotic birds and mighty mahogany trees. You’ll need a good pair of strong walking shoes or boots to complete some of the organised trails.
British Virgin Islands – My Kind of Paradise
by Caroline Bailey