The British Virgin Islands are a popular sailing destination for good reason, with beautiful beaches, excellent trade winds, brilliant line of sight navigation and fun for all of the family. Take a look at our top six places to visit when sailing BVIs on one of the yachts in our diverse fleet in this fabulous video, courtesy of Voile Evasion.
1. The Baths
The Baths are possibly the most well known image associated with the BVIs. These magnificent rock formations can be found on the beach on Virgin Gorda. Explore their organic shapes while sailing BVIs and watch the water run freely between the rock faces, allowing for some excellent swimming and paddling adventures.
2. Jost Van Dyke
Home to a number of bars that are firm sailor favorites, including Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s, Jost Van Dyke is a small island in the BVIs, great for a spot of laid-back eating and drinking with family and friends of all ages. Be sure to try the aptly named ‘Painkiller’ cocktail when at the Soggy Dollar bar, it’s one of our favorite things to do while sailing BVIs!
Famous for hosting the annual lobster festival, a delicious treat, Anegada is known for its relaxing atmosphere. The island is home to the 18-mile long Horseshoe Reef, where the HMS Astraea resides, white sandy beaches and cute pastel chairs for sunbathing. Head to Loblolly Bay while sailing BVIs for some laid-back Caribbean fun and traditional conch cuisine.
4. Norman Island
Thought to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’, Norman Island sits at the base of the BVI archipelago and is home to the reputed ‘Caves’, a fantastic snorkeling spot where swimmers can expect to see an array of marine life that reside there, including angel fish and turtles.
5. Willy T
No trip to the BVIs would be complete without a visit to the world-renowned ‘Willy T’ floating bar and restaurant, where patrons can knock back shots from a wakeboard! This amazing boat, properly named ‘William Thornton’, is located at Norman Island.
6. Oil Nut Bay
Situated on the north of Virgin Gorda, Oil Nut Bay is well known for its real estate opportunities, inviting people from across the globe to invest in a piece of the Caribbean. Its lure is evident, with lush beaches and clear blue seas sweeping up to 300 acres of investable land.
Perfect for sailors, visit the Oil Nut Bay Marina Village which will act as a great base for a night’s provisioning ashore at one of the casual dining restaurants all with locally sourced seafood. You can also visit one of the quirky little boutiques, perfect for picking up some memorabilia from your sailing vacation to the British Virgin Islands.