Cheap Flights to British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands is the British overseas territory situated in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico. While the territory's official name is still the Virgin Islands, the prefix 'British' is added in order to distinguish it from the neighbouring islands, namely the US Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Together, they form the western island group otherwise known as the Virgin Islands archipelago.

British Virgin Islands consists of about 15 inhabited islands, the main ones being Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. The largest island is Tortola, wherein the capital Road Town is situated. There are over fifty other smaller islands.

The inhabitors or British Virgin islanders are considered as British Overseas Territories citizens, and have full British citizenship, as well as citizens of the European Union. They are, however, not directly subject to European Union law.

Sailing and Boating - Sailors of all experience levels, whether newbie or expert, will truly enjoy sailing in the clear blue waters of the Caribbbean sea. What makes sailing and boating so great between the British Virgin Islands is that the winds are consistent enough, and the islands are so near together that it's easy to navigate by sight. There are lots of companies that offer boats for rent in all the major islands of British Virgin Islands.

Apple Bay Beach - Truly a surfer's paradise, Apple Bay Beach in Tortola offers some of the best waves to surf on in the Caribbean. The views are absolutely breath-taking, and you don't even have to be a surfer to enjoy frolicking and swimming in the clear waters.

RMS Rhone wreck - A great place to go scuba diving is the popular wreck of the RMS Rhone, considered as one of the best wreck diving sites in the world. The shallowest part of the wreck is about 35 feet/11 metres, while the deepest part is at 85 feet/25 metres. The area has been a protected marine preserve for so long that it has now become home to several marine life, like nurse sharks, dog snappers, stingrays, sea horses, and moray eels, to name a few. Entrapment hazards are very few, and the dive should be comfortable even for claustrophobic divers.

How to get around within British Virgin Islands

The greatest and most relaxing way to go from one island to another is by boat. There are sailboats and motorboats for rent or chartered with a crew from any of the major harbours in British Virgin Islands. Most of the islands are only a couple of hours away, so you wouldn't be wasting precious time. In fact, the journey from one island to another is already a wonderful experience in itself! Once you're on land, you can take a taxi, although the fare will be fixed and quite pricey, but you could share one with other passengers if you're going to the same destination or going through the same route. Car rentals are also available in the larger islands. For the smaller islands, you can get by with going on foot.

How to get there

The only major airport in the British Virgin Islands is the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, formerly Beef Island Airport. It is situated in Beef Island, a small island connected to Tortola via the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. The airport works with BVI Airways, Cape Air, LIAT, Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, and Winair to link the island to only a handful of destinations such as the Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Martin Island, and Puerto Rico. Tourists from anywhere else who wish to visit the islands are advised to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Antigua, or Saint Martin and change planes from there to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.  

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