Places to See in the British Virgin Islands
There are plenty of places to see and discover in the British
Virgin Islands. The best time to come here is between the months
of December and February, however, April, May and November are also
good months to visit as well. On the main island of Tortola there
is much to see. Home to the capital of the British Virgin Islands,
Road Town, which is situated along the southern central coast, Tortola
is also the country’s tourist center and commercial hub. Over
80 % of the total population lives on this bustling busy island.
On Tortola in Road Town, a visit to the JR O’Neal Botanic Garden is worth
your while as it provides an exotic escape in the middle of the
city. Here many beautiful tropical plants are grown along side a
lovely lily pond, a cactus grove and a small rainforest, making
this garden a tiny haven of peace and quiet to retreat to. In town
also don’t forget to visit the St George Anglican Church,
in which you will find a copy of the 1834 Emancipation Proclamation
that gave British slaves their freedom in the West Indies.
In Tortola, the Sage Mountain National Park is excellent to explore.
Here you will find the highest peak in the Virgin Islands’
Sage Mountain, which stands 1780 feet high. This park has a primeval
rainforest; however, it is not a rainforest in the truest sense
as the park receives less than 100 inches of rainfall a year.
Another landmark in Tortola is Bomba’s Surfside Shack, which
is the best known pub in the country. Built from beach refuse, this
bar is famous for its full moon parties held every month which feature
dancing, live music and lots of drinking. Bomba also serves free psychoactive
mushroom tea or shroom tea, but be warned this tea causes visual,
physical and perceptual changes.
If you are looking for some pretty beaches to visit, head to east.
Here you will find the pretty beaches of Josiah’s Bay, Lambert
Bay and Trellis Bay, with island’s main airport the Terrence
B Lettsome International airport located just off the coast on Beef
Virgin Gorda is the second largest island in the British Virgin
Islands and is home to a variety of landscapes. Here you can find
a number of beautiful beaches, protected bays and the Virgin Gorda
Peak, which makes for an excellent climb. However, the most famous
attraction of this island is the Baths, which lie on the southwestern
coast. The Baths are actually a group of large granite boulders
that sit along the shore to form a series of grottoes. What is so
unusual about the Baths is that granite is rarely seen in this part
of the world. It is a great place to spend a few hours. On Virgin
Gorda you can also find the Copper Mine National Park and over a
dozen excellent beaches to enjoy.
Another interesting place to visit in the British Virgin Islands
has to be the tiny island of Anegada, which lies about 19 km from
Virgin Gorda. This island is a tiny coral atoll and lies just 27
feet above sea level. One of the main reasons for coming here is
to enjoy the stunning beaches found all over the island and with
just 250 people living on Anegada you have all the privacy and seclusion
in the world.