British Virgin Islands: Travel Tips

Sixty small, emerald-hued islands surrounded by the topaz-blue Caribbean comprise the British Virgin Islands. A favorite destination of the yachting crowd, the BVI's flawless beaches are virtually deserted during the day, yet tiny crowds gather nightly for rum and relaxation at waterfront bars. December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, white-sand beaches, and warm temperatures. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).

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Getting To British Virgin Islands

If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.

Flight times

  • 45 minutes from Puerto Rico
  • 20 minutes from St. Thomas

Staying In British Virgin Islands

Once the turf of the pirate Blackbeard, the BVIs also were the inspiration for R.L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Today Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and their sister islands inspire repeat visits from devotees of laid-back luxury at secluded resorts. Water lovers swim and snorkel in Virgin Gorda’s Baths, saltwater grottoes formed by volcanic boulders, and dive off tiny Anegada, the only coral atoll in this British Crown Colony.

Things to do

  • Luxuriate on the decks of a chartered yacht.
  • Enjoy lively nightlife in Tortola.
  • Discover an unparalelled seclusion in Virgin Gorda
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Traveling In British Virgin Islands

Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.

While traveling in the British Virgin Islands we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Most private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport is generally required for entry into the Caribbean and return to the United States.
  • Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
  • Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.

Time Difference

  • The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
  • Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.

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