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british virgin islands

british virgin islands caribbean

The British Virgin Islands consist of a group of over sixty islands, islets and cays and is located at the northwestern extreme of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.

The British Virgin Islands - also known as the BVI - are balmy, semi-tropical islands, with the additional benefit of the trade winds that keep humidity low and the Caribbean currents that keep waters warm.  And, for your holiday in the BVI, we've selected the magnificent Peter Island - a 1,200 acre tropical paradise.  Or spend a week or more aboard the Pacific Wave or the Zingara cruising around the islands.

The average temperature is 77-85 degrees F (25-29 degrees C) throughout the year with temperatures dropping around 10 degrees F (6 degrees C) at night.  The wettest months are from September to December which average only about 5 days of rain each.  February to April are the driest months in the islands.

Much of the BVI has been left in its natural state – a spectacular, unspoiled Caribbean paradise, just as it was back in the days when the infamous pirates and explorers sailed these waters.

Other island options in the Caribbean

Also worth considering:  Mayan Riviera, Mexico  Whilst this is not technically a Caribbean destination, the sea along the Riviera is most definitely the Caribbean.

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Weather and seasons

The British Virgin Islands, lying about 1,000 miles from the equator, enjoy tropical warm, balmy conditions year round.   And, as such, doesn't really have "seasons".

Winter time is set by what some call "high season," a term used to signify the busy time of the year for the highest number of visitors.  December 15 through to April 15 is the high season, with the weather being at its best, especially for those coming from the frigid temperatures back home.

Pre-high season begins around mid November with the daytime temperatures around 85 F and lowering to the mid 70's at night.

Come summer time, around June, things begin to change into the warmer temperatures.  Temperatures tend to go into the high 80's during the day and dropping to the high 70's at night.  Keep in mind that the trade winds that come off the African coast keep the humidity factor way down. 

Everything else

  • Flying time from London: In order to get to Peter Island in the BVI, you fly from Gatwick to Antigua and then take a connecting flight to Beef Island (approx 12-13 hours depending on connections).  It will then be a 30 minute boat transfer to Peter Island.
  • Currency:  US Dollar
  • Language:  English
  • Visa requirements:  British nationals do not need visas to visit the BVI
  • Time difference:  GMT -4
peter island

peter island

british virgin islands, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£2,030

Peter Island is a 1,200 acre tropical paradise. You can roam the five beaches and twenty secluded coves including the spectacular Deadmanís Bay, one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the Virgin Islands. This spa resort also offers three fabulous private residences for families or groups of friends.

pacific wave

pacific wave

british virgin islands, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£11,900

Pacific Wave is a 72ft sailing yacht operating in the British Virgin Islands. The layout of the vessel, on-deck and below-deck, offers a feeling of spaciousness and a comfortable living area perfect for yacht charter. Master cabin and two twin cabins.



british virgin islands, caribbean    7 nights from ¬£37,500

Zingara is one of the Caribbeanís most luxurious sailing yachts, offering the utmost in equipment and comfort for guests chartering this fully crewed and catered, 5 double cabin, 76ft catamaran in the British Virgin Islands.


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