Thanks to the proximity of these idyllic Caribbean islands, a holiday to the British Virgin Islands is like seven trips rolled into one – the perfect way to spend a week.
Tortola, the British Virgin Island’s largest and capital island, is a perfect base from which to explore. There are numerous ferry docks dotted along the coast of Tortola, with regular boats heading to many of sister islands. Each is peppered with white sandy beaches and postcard-style beach bars, spectacular sunsets and wonderful wildlife.
The Baths are home to the most famous beaches on Virgin Gorda. A trail takes you from the entrance down to the beaches, up and down ladders, and through incredible natural caves created by giant boulders resting on the white shores. There is a $3 entry fees for tourists, and beach bar at the end of the trial where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.
Bitter End Yacht Club is a resort located at North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Only accessible by boat, it’s the perfect place for watersports fanatics. Those not staying at the resort can dock up for a relaxing lunch at The Crawl Pub. Enjoy a delicious stone-baked pizza and watch the boats coming and going.
Cooper Island Beach Club
Cooper Island Beach Club is a family owned resort on Manchioneel Bay. The Beach Club Restaurant has a gorgeous, relaxed decking area, set just above the resort’s private beach. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down, and happy hour runs in the bar from 4-6pm daily. Down on the beach, you can in the shallows sipping, sipping on cocktail. At the end of the beach is the famous Rum Bar – a glamorous yet relaxed bar with over 100 rums to choose from. Beach attire and sandy feet all round.
Peter Island Resort
Regular ferries leave from Baugher’s Bay to the five star Peter Island Resort. The ferry ($25 return) is free to guests of the Resort, and to those using the Peter Island Spa – find out more about one of my trips to the Spa. Day-trippers can relax on the beach at Dead Man’s Bay and have lunch in the beach front restaurant, or take the Sunset Loop, a five mile trail, around the island.
Cane Garden Bay
Over on the North West side of the island you’ll find Cane Garden Bay. A popular little pocket of the island with yet another fabulous beach, plenty bars and restaurants and a few places to rent kayaks etc. The beach bars are popular with sailing groups who bring a bit of buzz to the area.
Lambert Bay Beach
The beach at Lambert Bay is a little, unknown gem. The resort which sits back from the beach is currently closed for renovation, meaning this strip of paradise is virtually deserted every day of the week. Located on the East side of the island, the sea is not as calm and the waves can get quite high. Pack yourself and picnic, a cooler and a beach towel head along for a peaceful day in paradise.
Sopers Hole is on the very Western tip of Tortola, and is a perfect place to wile away a few Caribbean hours. At the heart of the Marina sits a Pusser’s Landing – a must visit for any British Virgin Island first timer – home to the famous Pusser’s Painkiller cocktail. To either side of the restaurant you’ll find quaint, little gift shops including an Arawak clothing store and a Sunny Caribbee gift shop, alongside a few boating huts and D’Best Cup – a cute little cafe at the end of the marina, perfect for brunch.