Sailing the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer everything from natural sightseeing and snorkeling to relaxing at a bar or lying on a beach.
Aerial view British Virgin Islands
It’s no secret why the British Virgin Islands is a boater’s paradise. Shutterstock

The British Virgin Islands have over 60 islands, crystal-clear waters and gentle, tropical winds, making it one of the top sailing destinations in the world. You’ll have the chance to snorkel and explore waters with a vast, wide-ranging cast of marine life. Find a beach, and lay out for a while to just pass time and to clear your mind.

These islands are also popular for their food and drinks. From becoming famous for a particular drink to seafood from oceanside bars, there’s no shortage of sites to satisfy traveling foodies.

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands has it all, so, the next time you consider an isolated, tropical trip on the salt, consider the British Virgin Islands.


Diamond Cay, Jost Van Dyke

White Bay Beach British Virgin Islands
White Bay Beach is a popular spot for boaters. Shutterstock

This location has one of the best unknown snorkeling spots in the British Virgin Islands, if you are willing to wade through the flats and follow the shoreline to the tip of the island. The cove is a great place to moor for the night and is home to hawksbill sea turtles, stingrays and lots of tropical fish. Don’t feel like cooking? Head over to Foxy’s Taboo for an amazing local island meal.

The Baths

The Baths British Virgin Islands
Boaters make their ways to The Baths for both an excellent beach and fantastic snorkeling. Shutterstock

The Baths are probably the most popular and unique beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Boulders the size of houses are perfectly stacked, creating grottos and caves to climb through and snorkel around. Moorings are available along the coastline for overnight anchoring and easy access to the beaches.


Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands
Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is the perfect place to start. Shutterstock

The capital of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola has numerous anchorages and secluded beaches to roam. Cane Garden Bay is loaded with beachfront restaurants, live music and plenty of bars pouring delicious rum concoctions.


Cooper Island

Cooper Island British Virgin Islands
Peace and quiet, in addition to excellent diving and snorkeling, are on the itinerary at Cooper Island. Shutterstock

Cooper Island is one of the smaller, more laid-back islands. The shoreline has colorful bungalows, a dive operation and one of the best gift shops in the British Virgin Islands.

The Indians

The Indians are a must-see rock formation located near Norman Island British Virgin Islands
The Indians are a must-see rock formation located near Norman Island. Shutterstock

The Indians are located near Normal Island stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the Drake Channel. Considered one of the best snorkeling spots in the British Virgin Islands, they are home to a rare triggerfish and have an underwater tunnel. Make sure to anchor early, as it gets busy with tour boats.

Sandy Spit

Sandy Spit’s beaches and small size make for the perfect day trip British Virgin Islands
Sandy Spit’s beaches and small size make for the perfect day trip. Shutterstock

Located between Jost Van Dyke and Tortola, Sandy Spit has powder-white sand, calm and clear waters and can be circumnavigated in about three minutes. It’s the perfect place for a lazy day on the beach.


Monkey Point, Guana Island

Monkey Point British Virgin Islands
Monkey Point offers great snorkeling and diving. Shutterstock

This island is only accessible by boat and well worth the stop. With an abundance of marine life, this rocky shoreline is home to big tarpon, schools of minnows and assorted tropical fish.

Norman Island

Norman Island British Virgin Islands
Come to Norman Island for the history and mystery. Stay for the snorkeling and hiking. Shutterstock

This uninhabited island is famous for its stories of pirates and treasure caves. It also has secluded coves for snorkeling, an amazing hiking trail that leads to breathtaking views and the Willy T, a permanent floating bar known to draw an enthusiastic crowd.


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