Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. It lies approximately 15 miles north of Virgin Gorda. Anegada is the only inhabited British Virgin Island formed from coral and limestone, rather than being of volcanic origin. While the other islands are mountainous, Anegada is flat and low. Its highest point is only about 28 feet (8.5 m) above sea level, earning it its name, which is the Spanish term for the flooded land, "tierra anegada".
At about 15 square miles, Anegada is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands, but it is also the most sparsely populated of the main islands, with a population as at the 2010 Census of 285. Most of the population on Anegada live in the only village, The Settlement.
Anegada has some of the worlds most popular coral reefs, whitest sandy beaches and stunning sunsets.
Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory, 16 miles long, and 3 miles at her widest point. Boasting 33 white sand beaches with crystal clear waters, a contemporary international style, extraordinary vistas, world-class accommodations and mouth-watering cuisine, Anguilla is the culmination of your search for the idyllic tropical escape.
Anguilla, British West Indies - the island that is an experience, a special feeling found nowhere else - chosen by visionaries as the destination of choice for luxurious, five-star resorts; and by all visitors for the quality found in each level of accommodations. Begin your own journey of discovering the many attributes that make the Anguilla experience one that is not easily put in words but one that is truly bound in 'feeling is believing'!
Antigua was first inhabited by the Siboney ("stone people"), whose settlements date at least to 2400 BC. The Arawaks--who originated in Venezuela and gradually migrated up the chain of islands now called the Lesser Antilles--succeeded the Siboney. The warlike Carib people drove the Arawaks from neighboring islands but apparently did not settle on either Antigua or Barbuda. Also known by another name, Wadadli, which means approximately "our own" (Wadadli is also the name of the local beer brewed on the island).
Located 19 east of Puerto Rico, quiet and unspoiled, with about 1,600 residents only, Culebra is paradise. A popular weekend tourist destination for mainland puerto ricans and tourists from all over. Culebra has many beautiful beaches including Flamenco Beach, named one of the Best Beaches in America and the Best Escape Beach by the Travel Channel. The beach extends for a mile of white coral sand and is framed beautifully by arid tree-covered hills. The beach is also protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.
Culebra is the smallest of the inhabited Spanish Virgin Islands. She is seven miles long and 3 miles wide. In 1909 the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge was established. The refuge takes in over 1,400 acres of land and is well known both as a nesting area for numerous seabirds, as well as the endangered leather-back turtle and Culebra giant anole.
Nightlife includes relaxation is the main activity and quiet, safe walks in the moonlight with occasional sounds of guitar music from one of her few night spots.
The snorkeling and scuba diving around Culebra are outstanding. Hard and soft corals abound in the shallows and magnificent reefs encircle the island. Tropical fish and other sea life abound. The depths rarely exceed one hundred feet.
There's something about this small, sombrero-shaped island that grabs you. The charm and tranquility takes you back to a time when things were simpler, when life was more peaceful, when stress was just a word, not a way of life.
This 36-square-mile island lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled.
Green and serene, Nevis is truly one of the remaining unspoilt places and proudly carries the name, "Queen of the Caribees." From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. In the hills, the comical green vervet monkeys chatter and scamper; in the sea, the whales cruise by. Stroll around and see the architecture of eras gone by: churches, windmills, and refurbished Great Houses.
Its 10,000 residents are friendly and helpful, ready to make new friends and welcome back regular visitors. The genuine charm and hospitality radiate into the unspoken, "Welcome," "Be my guest," and "Do come again."
One of St. Barts' principal attractions is its beaches. Of the 20 beaches on the small island, several are considered especially inviting. On the Southern side of the Island, Saline and Gouvernor beaches are pristine beaches with no development upon them. On the Western edge of the Island is Colombier beach, which is only reachable by boat or a hike. St.Jean and Flammands beaches are also popular and attractive beaches which have hotels and other establishments on them. St. Jean beach is notable for also being adjacent to the airstrip so that planes taking off leave right over the beach.
St. Barts is perhaps best known for being a vacation spot for the wealthy and famous. As a tourist attraction, it is notable for its pristine beaches and well-respected restaurants. Because St. Barts has no large hotels and only a limited supply of hotel and villa space, the Island has the added attraction of not being particularly crowded.
This is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands, 82 square miles in area. There are two distinct towns to visit: Christiansted and Frederiksted. The architectural quality and historic St. Croix Mapinterest of the one-time Danish West Indies capital has made part of Christiansted (founded in 1734) a National Historic Site.
In Christiansted, you can shop the day away through quaint shops filled with French perfumes, china, crystal, batik clothing and jewelry. You can visit Buck Island, one of the world's finest dive spots.
Frederiksted has its share of shops and shopping. It also has a tropical Rain Forest and Whim Greathouse, a plantation restored to the way it was in the 1700s
Open on the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, St. Marteen beaches will amaze you by their diversity. They each have a point in common: the water is idyllically clear and hovers around (27°C/ 80°F) all year around, fulfilling the promise of tropical vacation images.
With its hotels right on the beach or overlooking the bay with an extraordinary view on the ocean and the island of St.Barts, Green Cay, Pinel and Tintamarre, Orient Beach is certainly the largest and the most animated beach on St. Martin. Here every water-sport awaits you: windsurf, sailing, water and jet ski, diving, and you will find many different little restaurants offering a variety in refined, exotic or traditional cuisine.
Sint Maarten, the Dutch side, is known for its festive nightlife, fun beaches, and plentiful casinos, while Saint-Martin, the French side, is known more for its world-famous nude beaches, jewelry and clothes shopping, exotic drinks made with native rum-based guavaberry liquors, and rich French Caribbean cuisine.
In St. Thomas there are fine hotels, restaurants with an international cuisine, the largest charteryacht fleet in the Caribbean, and a variety of other things to do away from the beach.
Guests who want to be on the move will appreciate St. Thomas. Blessed with a rich city life and natural beauty, St. Thomas is the most metropolitan of all of the US Virgin Islands- spanning 32 sq. miles of tropical paradise. Diversions include everything from sightseeing and shopping to horseback riding, tennis, golf, and rock-climbing. Vacationers are never far from a beach and the best of city life, including tons of shopping, art galleries, museums and the finest restaurants.Though a bit crowded, Charlotte Amalie's Main Street is a "must" for serious shoppers- (4 blocks of pure shopping.)
All said and done, St. Thomas is definitely the liveliest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands but luckily, unwinding is still a possibility. The island's beaches, major hotels,restaurants, and entertainment facilities are, for the most part, set off from all the crowds and excitement.
Sail away. That probably should be the license plate motto on Tortola, the sailing center of the Caribbean's favorite cruising grounds, the British Virgin Islands. Whether you're an experienced sailor planning to "bareboat" your way from island to island, or look forward to hiring a skippered ("leave the driving to us") yacht, or just out for a day sail, the harbor at Road Town is the perfect place to start: The winds are usually steady, the sailing is easy, and there's always a buffet line of nearby islands to choose from.
But Tortola is the one island in the BVI that calls for some extended shore leave. Driving around the island's steep and winding mountain roads is not for the faint of heart, but the views are breathtaking. Some of the finest beaches in the entire island chain are here (the best, Cane Garden Bay and Long Bay, are on the north shore, where surfers also head to Apple Bay), and the restaurants are some of the most highly regarded in the Caribbean. Shopping and nightlife tend to be low-key, but you'll find a reggae-steady assortment of small clubs in Road Town (waterfront capital of the BVI) and in beach bars around the island.
Vieques is known as "La Isla Nena" (little girl island) and derives its name from the Taino Indian word for small island (bieque).
Beauty and history merge on this 21 by 4 mile island. Arawak Indians once lived here and it was an infamous heaven for pirates during the 17th century. Various European powers fought for control of Vieques. The Punta Mulas Lighthouse also known as Morropó was built in 1893. This old lighthouse still protects the port, boasts a reflector imported from Paris in 1895, which extends a beam that can be seen from as far as 16 miles.
Beaches and more beaches, explore them all. Snorkeling is excellent, especially at Blue Beach. The island is also the home of Impressive Bio-Bay at Mosquito Bay, rare and remarkable phenomenon is caused by millions of dinoflagellates lighthing up when disturbed by movement.
Flight from San Juan is much less than an hour. Once there, we recommend you take a rental car so you can explore this island at your own pace and convenience. There is so much to see...
Virgin Gorda is one of the BVI's major tourist destinations, largely because of an unusual geologic formation known as "The Baths" located on the southern end of the island. At The Baths, the beach shows evidence of the island's volcanic origins, as huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming scenic grottoes that are open to the sea. Swimming and snorkeling are the main attractions here.