Top Ten British Virgin Islands Attractions

Top Ten British Virgin Islands Attractions

       The Virgin Islands, often called the British Virgin Islands (BVI), is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the US Virgin Islands. The official name of the country is still simply the “Virgin Islands,” but the prefix “British” is often used to distinguish it from the neighboring American territory which changed its name from the “Danish West Indies” to “Virgin Islands of the United States” in 1917. British Virgin Islands government publications had traditionally continued to commence with “The Territory of the Virgin Islands,” and passports simply refer to the “Virgin Islands,” but recently, more legislation now refers to the country as the “British Virgin Islands.” The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The islands have a population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola.

  1. Tortola

    Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands that form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts that Christopher Columbus named it Tortola, meaning “land of the Turtle Dove.” Columbus named the island Santa Ana. The later Dutch settled and called it Ter Tholen, after a coastal island forming part of the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British took over, they altered the name to its present-day Tortola.
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  2. The Baths

    The Baths is a beach area on the island of Virgin Gorda among the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
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  3. St. Phillip’s Church

    St. Phillip’s Church in the Kingston area of Tortola in British Virgin Islands is claimed by local historians to be the oldest free black church in the Americas. It was built for a community of freed slaves during the early 19th century. Despite the historical and cultural importance of the building, it has fallen into dilapidation and near ruin in recent times. It is sometimes referred to locally as the African Church.
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