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British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a British Territory in the Caribbean Sea just to the east of Puerto Rico. The territory is made up of about 60 tropical islands, the largest and most populated being Tortola.

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.

BVI has one of the strongest economies in the region due to being an offshore financial services center and having a healthy tourism industry. It is a popular destination for yachters and divers.

Population: 25,380
Capital and Largest City: Road Town (pop. 9,400)
Area: 59 sq mi
Highest Point: Mount Sage - 1,710 feet
Lowest Point: Caribbean Sea - sea level
Time Zone: AST: UTC-4
Monetary Unit: US Dollar
National Flower: Black Orchid
National Tree: White Cedar
National Bird: Mourning Dove



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Anegada, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Anegada, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
The isolated island of Anegada is best known for shipwrecks, snorkeling and diving, lobster, and some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands.

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Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
Cooper Island is good destination for a couple day break that can be spent lazing on the beach. For the more adventurous, there are a number of excellent diving/snorkeling sites in the area.

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Guana Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
Guana Island is a privately owned luxury getaway destination set in a protected wildlife sanctuary, and surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and reefs. The island is occupied by a single resort offering villa and cottage rentals.

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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
Jost Van Dyke is best known for 3 things: Beautiful beaches, beach bars, and lobster feasts. This small island is sleepy and relaxing, and a favorite stopover destination for the yachting crowd.

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Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
The small island of Marina Cay is occupied by one property that includes accomodations, a restaurant, a bar and a gift shop. This family friendly destination offers a quiet relaxation away from it all.

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Peter Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
Peter Island is a largely undeveloped and privately owned resort destination to the south of Tortola. This upscale and expensive getaway offers excellent diving, snorkeling, and relaxation opportunities.

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Tortola, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Tortola, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
The hub of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is the gateway to the many land and sea adventures of the island chain. One of the world's premier yachting destinations, Tortola offers excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, and beautiful beaches.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Travel Guide
 
Virgin Gorda is best known for being a yachting destination featuring luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, and the granite rock formations at the southern end of the island known as "The Baths". Virgin Gorda also offers excellent island-hopping opportunities.

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