Sailing in the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is a sailing mecca for sailors from all over the world. Their magic combination of sheltered waters, warm trade winds, turquoise water, white sand beaches, great nightlife options and fabulous underwater life make this area hard to beat as a Caribbean sailing holiday destination.
Getting There and Away
There are no long haul flights into Tortola’s Beef Island airport and anyone wishing to sail here needs to fly into Antigua, Puerto Rico or St Maarten and connect from there. There are multiple daily flights from/to both. Those travelling from the US might also be able to fly into St Thomas, and from there high speed ferries cross to Tortola several times a day.
The British Virgin Islands is a beginner sailor’s heaven, with short sails from bay to bay in flat water and warm winds, often quite breezy! For more experienced sailors, there is the challenge of reef navigation and no matter your level of experience, you will love the beautiful anchorages and easy, but exciting, sailing.
The BVI’s are not mountainous, but there are some beautiful rainforest hills on both Tortola and Virgin Gorda. The BVI’s excels, though, in scenic anchorages – white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and stunningly clear turquoise waters with great underwater life.
Vibe / Ambience
The vibe is strictly Caribbean with a hint of America as many of this regions many sailing tourists are from the US. Feet in the sand bars abound and there are always lots of other sailors around to swap the day’s stories with.
Things to Do & See
This is the Caribbean’s capital of sailing tourism and people come to sail and enjoy the many and varied island stops. The whole area is a protected underwater park, and the snorkelling is some of the best to be found anywhere. There is a daily choice of lunch and dinner stops, nightlife and dining options and tranquil, secluded bays.