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British Virgin Islands

Background

British Virgin Islands

First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

About

The British Virgin Islands are a self-governing British overseas territory, situated in the Caribbean just to the east of the US Virgin Islands.

The BVIs, as they are called, are a popular travel destination for sailors, fishermen, sun worshippers, and other independent travellers, albeit not for the cost conscious. Boating among the dozens of tiny, mostly uninhabited, islands is a great stop on any tour of the Caribbean islands.

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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin IslandsRosewood Little Dix Bay 

Lee Road, Valley
Spanish Town
Virgin Gorda VG 1150
British Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $705 - $1325 / night

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Location. Rosewood Little Dix Bay is located on the beach in Virgin Gorda's Spanish Town neighborhood, close to Little Dix Bay Beach, The Baths Beach, and Savannah Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Copper Mine Ruins and Nail Bay Beach. Hotel Features. Rosewood Little Dix Bay features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a children's club. The property's… more »

British Virgin IslandsScrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection 

Scrub Island
Scrub Island VG1120
British Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $770 - $1900 / night

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Location. Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection is located on the beach in Scrub Island, close to Marina Cay Beach, Cam Bay Beach, and Lee Bay Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Trellis Bay Beach and Well Bay Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A beach bar, a swim up bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available… more »

British Virgin IslandsSUGAR MILL HOTEL 

APPLE BAY
Apple Bay
British Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $340 - $341 / night

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THE SUGAR MILL IS A SMALL ROMANTIC HOTEL FOR A FEW SPECIAL PEOPLE. THE PERFECT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BVI. BUILT AROUND THE RESTORED RUINS OF A 370 YEAR OLD SUGAR MILL AND RUM DISTILLERY/ THE SUGAR MILL COMBINES CARIBBEAN HISTORY WITH 21ST CENTURY LUXURY. CONDE NAST TRAVELERS READERS POLL VOTED THE SUGAR MILL AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN HOTELS IN THE CARIBBEAN TWO YEARS IN A ROW/NOVEMBER 2003 AND NOVEMBER 2004. THE WHITE SAND BEACH HAS AN INTERESTING SNORKELING REEF WHICH PROTECTS… more »

British Virgin IslandsBitter End Yacht Club 

PO Box 46
North Sound
Virgin Gorda 33178
British Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $646 - $1139 / night

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Location. Bitter End Yacht Club is located on the beach in Virgin Gorda's North Sound neighborhood, close to Bitter End Gardens, Leverick Bay Marina, and Oil Nut Bay Beach. Other points of interest are Nail Bay Beach and Savannah Beach. Resort Features. Bitter End Yacht Club features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, facials, and beauty services.… more »

British Virgin IslandsBiras Creek Resort 

North Sound
Virgin Gorda VG 1150
British Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $685 - $1138 / night

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Location. Biras Creek Resort is located on the beach in Virgin Gorda's North Sound neighborhood, close to Bitter End Gardens, Oil Nut Bay Beach, and Leverick Bay Marina. Other points of interest are Nail Bay Beach and Savannah Beach. Hotel Features. Dining options at Biras Creek Resort include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, a 24 hour fitness facility, and complimentary bicycles. The… more »

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British Virgin Islands

Capital
Road Town
Location

Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates

18 30 N, 64 30 W

Area comparative

about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

80 km

Climate

subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

Terrain

coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Mount Sage 521 m

Natural resources

NEGL

Population

24,939 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 82%, white 6.8%, other 11.2% (includes Indian and mixed) (2008)

Religions

Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, other 2%, none 2% (1991)

Languages

English (official)

Government type

NA

Independence

none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday

Territory Day, 1 July (1956)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Boyd MCCLEARY (since 20 August 2010)

Head of government

Premier Ralph T. O'NEAL (since 23 August 2007)

Internet country code

.vg

Internet users

4,000 (2002)

Airports

4 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Road Harbor

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