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12 Unforgettable Things to Do in British Virgin Islands

There are many fun things to do in the British Virgin Islands, making them worth visiting. Unlike other Caribbean islands, they aren’t heavily commercialized. Instead, they’re the perfect place for relaxation thanks to the beautiful beaches and fantastic leisure activities.

The British Virgin Islands also offer stunning natural wonders. There are countless scenic bays, coves, and gardens, like the ones at Anegada. Another selling point is the display of coral gardens, reefs, and marine life.

The food is terrific, and many delicious restaurants serve local specialties. However, one of the biggest reasons for visiting the British Virgin Islands is the opportunity to sail. 

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Top Things to Do in British Virgin Islands

One of the main reasons we love the British Virgin Islands is their seclusion. Many of the bays and coves provide quiet retreats to unwind. Without further ado, here are our favorite things to do in British Virgin Islands.

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Tortola is one of the most bustling of the British Virgin Islands. While here, don’t miss the authentic Caribbean food, such as roti and salt fish or a burger from De Burger Man. Granted, you’ll be in for a wait, but it’s worth it!

2. Spend the Night in Anegada

You can reach the island of Anegada after a 1-hour ferry. It’s so rural that the stars are dazzlingly bright at night. There are abundant beaches and wildlife, not to mention waterfront glamping cabins.

3. Charter a Boat

12 Unforgettable Things To Do in British Virgin Islands

If you are traveling to the British Virgin Islands, you will want some vitamin sea. You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the scenery. If you travel with a group, consider chartering a vessel to explore the area or do a yacht day trip. This is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in British Virgin Islands.

4. Explore the Gorda Baths

You’d be mistaken if you think the Gorda Baths are just a pile of rocks—it’s a pile of boulders that sit on the beach. Explore the caves with wooden ladders and rope guides, eventually leading you to Devil’s Bay, a compact and serene place near the baths.

5. Sample Conch

Conch shells are used for many things, and the meat is one of the best-known local foods, usually eaten in salads, ceviche, or fried. Visit Kelly’s Sea and Land Tours to see the mountains and harvest tasty conch.

6. Kite Surf

12 Unforgettable Things To Do in British Virgin Islands

This is a great place to learn kitesurfing. Conditions are perfect for this pastime; winds are strong, the water is calm, and there is loads of room, making it the ideal practice ground for a beginner. Look for introductory kitesurfing courses, or consider the annual kite and paddle festival.

7. Plant a Tree

The British Virgin Islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma’s effects in 2017, which destroyed much of its vegetation. In response, the tourist board launched Seeds of Love, allowing others to replant trees. Contact a local company or hotel to arrange the experience if this interests you.

8. Visit White Bay

12 Unforgettable Things To Do in British Virgin Islands

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax or have a drink, White Bay at Jost Van Dyke is a good choice. The bars serve delicious regionally inspired cocktails like “The Painkiller,” combining pineapple, coconut, and orange juice with dark rum and nutmeg.

9. Tour Sage Mountain National Park

Sage Mountain National Park is unmissable, towering 1,716 feet above Tortola. This is an excellent alternative to the Gorda Baths or snorkeling. Much of the park is rainforest, with breathtaking views of other islands—it’s perfect to break up a beach holiday.

However, sturdy footwear is required. Find vegan hiking boots here.

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Visiting gives you a taste of the island you can bring home! There’s no shortage of trinkets, souvenirs, and spices—samples are available! Many visitors recommend the hot sauce and jerk seasoning.

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Based on Jost Van Dyke Island, this rock and boulder formation overflows into a rockpool, similar to a jacuzzi. The beach is also relaxing, and the scenic walk is blissful. It allows you to cross mud paths and salt ponds around Cape Wright.

Wondering where to stay? Check out these options!

Beach view villa
Wyndham Tortola BVI Lambert Beach Resort
Mount Healthy Villas

12. Road Town

Being a bustling capital of the British Virgin Islands, this area is primarily built on reclaimed land. It is surrounded by a natural harbor that is mainly well-known for shipping. Fishing is another big industry around here. Visitors can visit many historical attractions, like the post office, the former HM prison, and Main Street.

12 Unforgettable Things To Do in British Virgin Islands

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $45.08. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

British Virgin Islands Travel Guide Planning

🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m traveling?

I strongly recommend using Bookaway. You can book almost all transport in the major tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.

🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours?

I recommend either Viator or GetYour Guide. They have a lot of options!

👩‍⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?

I recommend using Heymondo for a great value policy. The app also offers you 24/7 Dr Chat. For Digital Nomads check out SafetyWing digital nomad insurance.

I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here

✈️ Any flight recommendations?

WayAWay offers you cheap flights with cashback. You can use this code CLAIRE22 to get 10% off. Otherwise Skyscanner or Expedia are my go-to flight searching platforms.

📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?

I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.

With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.

🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?

The 3 best platforms that I normally use are Booking.comHotels.com, and Expedia They offer great deals and multiple options. I always check all three to be sure of the best deals.

🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?

I do have a complete list of the best packing and luggage products that I recommend, you can check the list here. I’m currently traveling with this suitcase and this backpack. 

Best Things to Do in British Virgin Islands: Final Thoughts

Part of the British Virgin Islands’ appeal is that they’re some of the least developed islands in the Caribbean. They’re ideal for people looking to experience local culture without the fuss of tourist crowds, and they’re a paradise for sailing lovers. The untouched landscapes are filled with wildlife, from flame-pink roseate flamingos to nurse sharks, turtles, and iguanas. The fresh seafood is flavorful, inviting you to sample the local cuisine.

From walking barefoot on the soft white-sand beaches to swimming in the sparkling waters, there are many unique things to do in the British Virgin Islands. Navigating the islands is easy, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy the seclusion of this private and quiet oasis.

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