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First time or fifth time, sailors going to the Caribbean are sure to find everything they're looking for in the British Virgin Islands. There are nine major islands and forty smaller islands all linked together in a chain just twenty miles long. Soft sand beaches, great snorkeling, sunken ships and so much more are waiting for you to explore.
A few highlights: Jost Van Dyke is home to laid-back beach bars and the scene of world-famous New Year's Eve revelry. A drink at Foxy's buys you 'membership' in a fairly exclusive international club. Wherever you go in the world of yachting , you're bound to find someone to share a good Foxy's story with.
Peter Island & Virgin Gorda
On your honeymoon? A gourmet picnic 'just for two' on a quiet beach followed with a romantic evening at a posh resort creates a lifetime of memories.
Yes, there really were Pirates of the Carbbean. Blackbeard and Bluebeard sailed in the BVI and, so the stories go, hid their treasure in the caves on Norman Island. Whether you find doubloons or not, snorkeling there is great fun, especially for families and kids.
The 'big' island, Tortola offers one of Pusser Rum's first outposts in the Caribbean, tours of Callwood's Rum Distillery and many boutiques on the narrow streets of the bustling capital, Roadtown. Where pirate ships once filled the harbor, today you'll find dive charter yachts and speed boats to whisk you over to Cooper Island to the RMS Rhone (sunk in 1967), voted #1 wreck dive in the Caribbean by Dive Magazine and Sport Diver.
Half French, half Dutch and all about fun, St. Martin is one of the easiest islands to fly into and has been rolling out the red carpet for tourists for decades. Restaurants offer every cuisine you can think of as well as new dining adventures. Fine French food sourced from fresh provisions is flown in from France twice a week and Caribbean favorites feature local seafood and tropical fruit. French wines and Cuban cigars elevate dining to a new level. The beaches are beautiful. Duty free shopping in Marigot and Phillipsburg is world class and the action at the casinos is hot!
Chic, sophisticated and oh so French! St. Bart's is the island where international movie stars, fashion models and billionaires go to play. Gustavia harbor welcomes sailors and mega yachts from around the world with luxury boutiques, trendy restaurants and glittering nightlife. Some beaches offer everything from chilled champagne served on a silver tray while some can only be reached by boat or hiking over hilly trails.
Dominica is the ultimate Caribbean destination for outdoor enthusiasts and fans of the TV shows Lost and Survivor. Antigua may boast of a beach for every day of the year, but Dominica has 365 rivers, valleys lost in the mists of time and the worlds’ second largest heated lake. Diving, whale and dolphin watching excursions top the list of things to do.
Luxe resorts, stone sugar mills, casinos, 365 beaches, international sailing competitions and British Naval History, Antigua has it all. English Harbour was the headquarters of Admiral Horatio Nelson's British fleet in the late 1700's when European nations fought throughout the Caribbean and islands changed hands time and again. Today, the Georgian buildings of Nelson's Dockyard National Park, the only restored 18th century navy yard in the world, evoke the great age of sail.
Rainforest walks, bird-watching, golf and tennis are some of the possibilities on this lush, green island in the Windward chain. For a 'National Geographic' experience, head for Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths to explore the gardens and swim beneath the waterfalls. Visit Marigot Bay, one of the loveliest anchorages in the Caribbean and the spot where the movie Dr. Doolittle was filmed.