Sailing in the British Virgin Islands

Last Update: November 12th, 2018

(Tortola Road Town Harbour)

The British Virgin Islands are famous around the world for its sailing waters.


Whether you are vacationing for your wedding, honeymoon, relaxation, family fun or travelling on business as an individual or group for offshore finances, business meetings etc.

There are variety of accommodation choices in islands such as hotels & inns, guest houses, villas and yes you can even rent your own private island.


Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. The population of Tortola is about 24,000. The principal settlement is Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.

Financial services are the main source of income to the island. The popular International Business Companies Act, passed in the early 1980s, led to significant growth in government revenue. BVI residents are amongst the most affluent in the Eastern Caribbean. Numerous residents from other Caribbean islands work there.

Although the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are under the British flag, it uses the U.S. Dollar as its official currency. The island is home to many offshore companies that do business worldwide.

Best Beaches

The Northern coast has the best beaches on the island, including Smuggler’s Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer’s Bay, Josiah’s Bay and Lambert beach.


Tortola can be reached both by sea and by air.

Flights to Tortola arrive at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. The airport is located on Beef Island, just to the East of Tortola, but it is connected by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
American Eagle, Cape Air and Air Sunshine provide scheduled service from San Juan. Island Birds Air Charter can connect you from San Juan, St Thomas, Antigua or St Maarten.

Tortola also has taxi services. There are many ferry companies providing travellers with the opportunity to arrive by sea. The ferries run between Charlotte Amalie, St. John, USVI, Red Hook in the East End of St. Thomas and either Road Town or the West End of Tortola. These ferries allow access to Cyril E. King Airport in the US Virgin Islands.

Other Islands

  • Tortola,
  • Virgin Gorda,
  • Jost Van Dyke,
  • Anegada,
  • Beef Island,
  • Cooper Island,
  • Guana Island,
  • Little Thatch,
  • Marina Cay,
  • Moskito Island,
  • Necker Island,
  • Peter Island and
  • Saba Rock
  • … and some more. Virgin Island has about 60 islands.

(Updated article, published 6th of September 2010)


About the author


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