British Virgin Islands vacation rentals Self catering vacation homes, luxury villas, apartments to rent, BVI

The British Virgin Islands, flanking the Sir Francis Drake Channel, are a collection of 60 breathtaking islands and cays, many of which are still undeveloped. This part of the Caribbean is heaven for sailors and for those who like a little adventure exploring the uninhabited islands.

Peppered with deserted beaches and lush forests that hide some magnicent resorts and vacation rentals, the BVI is also a mecca for scuba divers. With pristine emerald green warm waters, the reefs are teeming with tropical fish which makes diving in this part of the Caribbean a real treat.

For a collection of tiny islands, there are a surprising number of excellent restaurants. Dining at the romantic Sugar Mill is out of this world and Foxy's Bar on the tiny island of Jost Van Dyke is legendary. The lavish resort hotels also offer a range of gastronomic options from cordon bleu to fresh seafood beach BBQs under the stars. In this part of the West Indies, the local food is colourful and tasty with rotis, flying fish sandwiches, barbecued lobster to name a few.

Key Facts
Language English
Currency US Dollar
Adventure holidays
Family holidays
Population 29,000
Capital Road Town, Tortola
Known for Sailing
Time difference GMT -4 hours
Temperature Average daytime high of 26°C
Best time to visit Jan to April
Dry season Jan to June
Tropical storms July to Nov

The main islands....

With 60 tiny islands, holiday makers tend to base themselves on a couple of the main islands and use their time exploring the others by sail boat or on guided tours.


Apart from powdery silky white sandy beaches, lush green mountainss and tropical climate, Tortola, the largest island and home to the BVI capital of Road Town, has an interesting history of swashbuckling pirates. These days, the sheltered natural harbour is packed with every kind of yacht imaginable.

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda, the third largest island measuring just 8 1/2 square miles, entices travellers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury holiday villas. A must see are The Baths. It is the most beautiful shoreline in the BVI with grottoes and gigantic granite boulders.

Necker Island

Sitting between Tortola and Anegada, the private Necker island is surrounded by the sparkling blue Caribbean sea of the British Virgin Islands and exudes the elegance and lifestyle of the rich and famous. This is the ultimate island getaway!

Jost Van Dyke

Close to Tortola, this tiny island measuring just 4 by 3 miles was named after a Dutch pirate and is famous for its yacht parties on Halloween and New Year’s Eve held in the Great Harbour.

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The BVI is unique in that yacht berths out number hotel rooms and there is good reason for this as the best way to see the best of what BVI has to offer is to hire a boat. Cruising around the tiny islands gives you the freedom to see what you want when you want and if you cant sail, there are many yachts available to charter with a skipper.

The temperature ranges between 24 and 30 degrees throughout the year with the driest and most popular months being from January to April. Between June and October, the low season, temperatures are higher and so is the rainfall and the humidity with the tropical stroms - hurricanes rarely have a direct hit on the BVI. When the tropical storms do occur, they typically last for a short while and then followed by bright sunshine.

Featured BVI vacation rentals

The British Virgin Islands cater for all its visitors vacation rental accommodation requirements. From the beautiful villas on the island coasts, hilltop retreats to relax and unwind or chic and stylish apartments alongside the marinas - there is something for everyone. Staying in a villa or apartment for your BVI holidays, gives you the freedom and flexibility to what you want when you want. If you are travelling as a family, there is a wide choice of self catering vacation homes especially on the main islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda such as ......

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Featured BVI Islands

Things to see & do

One of the most popular day trips is to Anegada Island. It is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands and is surrounded by the third largest coral reef called the Horseshoe. Anegada can be reached by ferry and is one of the top dive sites in the BVI.

A few suggestions...
Scuba diving
"The Baths" on Virgin Gorda - dramatic rock formations with unique grottoes
Charter a yacht and tour the many islands
Take a nature tour and feed the local iguanas!
Dine at the spectacular 370 year old Sugar Mill
Try the infamous "Painkiller" cocktail at Soggy Dollar Bar
Deep sea fishing
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