BVI Top Attractions - Things To Do in the British Virgin Islands

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British Virgin Islands Top Attractions - 9 Things To Do on your Charter in the BVI

The Baths at Virgin Gorda | The Wreck of the Rhone | Willy T's | Soggy Dollar Bar | Foxy's | Sandy Spit | Lobster on Anegada | The Bubbling Pools | Snorkeling at The Indians

A BVI yacht charter is unlike any other- find your very own paradise in one of the unique 50 isles where steady trade winds, gorgeous cuisine and pirate- ship bars will undoubtedly leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. From desert islands to floating bars, sunken ships to natural jacuzzis, there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy in the British Virgin Islands. 

 

The Baths at Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda Baths

"The Baths" are undoubtedly the #1 must-see attraction of the BVI archipelago- a collection of granite boulders create a fantastic playground for adults and children alike at the south end of the Virgin Gorda. These scenic caves that open onto the sea is the ideal place for families where children can clamber over the rocks whilst parents admire the delightful boulders towering above the turqouise sea. We would recommend arriving early in the morning to explore the caves in peace, before the crowds arrive between 10am and 2pm. Visitors normally moor their dinghy at the mooring area in Devils Bay, a beautiful sandy beach in the middle of the large rock formations.

 

The Wreck of the Rhone - Salt Island

Not far from Salt Island, you will find the magnificent Wreck of the Rhone- a preserved sunken postal ship ship in 20 to 80 feet of water and a diver's heaven, it is no wonder that it has been voted as the #1 diving site in the Caribbean by sport diver and scuba diving magazines. Even after 149 years, RMS Rhone is a remarkable place to explore with something new to discover on each visit. To find out more, read our broker's blog for detailed information.

Here's a video of a snorkel dive through the propeller area (don't attempt this if you don't know what you're doing!) It shows just how clear and near the surface the wreckage is.

 

The William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant - "Willy T's" - The Bight, Norman Island

Visit Willy T's restauant on your next visit to the BVI

"You’re a long time dead" reads the slogan of Willy T's- perhaps the most popular bar and restaurant in the BVI, Willy T's is the perfect place to let your hair down, make new friends and inevitably try her infamous drink concoctions! In the Bight anchorage on Norman Island lies this one-of-a-kind old schooner.

The Willy T is one of only two bars and restaurants in the Bight (the Pirates Bight on the beach being the other). Arrive in time for lunch or dinner, or later on in happy hour to soak up the party atmosphere. Choose from standard burgers and pub food, and if you're feeling up to it, try their speciality of shooters (usually drunk from an old water ski or on someone's stomach) and rum drinks.

 

Sandy Spit -The Deserted Island in the BVI

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Sandy Spit is a tiny island near Jost Van Dyke that is encircled by a glorious pristine sandy beach. It is a wonderful place to anchor for lunch, snorkel in the beautiful coral just off shore, relax on the beach and imagine what it would be like to be stranded on a desert island. The lack of mooring balls gives the feel of an exclusive and remote island that nobody else knows about. We recommend stopping by on your way to Jost Van Dyke for lunch and a swim. Stay as long as you like, saving up your energy for Foxy's that night!

 

The Soggy Dollar Bar - White Bay, Jost Van Dyke

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The Soggy Dollar Bar, located in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, is known for inventing the "Painkiller" cocktail and is known as one of the world's best beach bars. Relax and sink into the swaying hammocks, play "hook the ring" or simply order your Painkiller and people watch - the locals have a reason for calling it "bikini beach"!

The beach party scene at the soggy dollar bar in Jost Van Dyke, BVI

The beach party scene at the Soggy Dollar Bar

Head to the beach bar to enjoy a burger, a classic flying fish sandwich, or even purchase a t-shirt or two to take back as a souvenir. The anchorage on White Bay is easy, and once your anchor drops you are just a short swim away from the perfection of this gorgeous beach.

The View from the Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

 

Foxy's Bar and Restaurant - Jost Van Dyke

Foxy's is a beloved beach bar and restaurant in Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. Renowned throughout the world, Foxy's is an unlikely gem which charms in its bohemian appearance and "middle of nowhere" location. Foxy's Restaurant has seating for over 300 people on bench seats, and serves a BBQ menu that features Chicken, Ribs, and Mahi-Mahi. The Bar opens at 9:30 am and serves many unique drinks mixed with his own Rum, and beers from a local microbrewery.

Foxy's was the first beach bar on Jost Van Dyke, started as a place near the church to provide refreshments for the harvest celebration. Two years later, he moved to his current location.

 

Lobsters on Anegada

Try the delicious lobster at Anegada

If you make it to Anegada, be sure to reserve a table at one of the lobster restaurants on the island, where large, freshly caught lobsters are cut in half and grilled in aluminum foil. The restaurants such as the Lobster Trap, are generally relaxed and also serve ribs, steaks, chicken and fish and of course, plenty of rum drinks.

 

The Bubbling Pools - Jost Van Dyke

The Bubbling Pools is a tidal pool into which Atlantic waves continually send gushes of water. It's fun and relaxing, and worth the 10 minute hike, for a diverse and exciting BVI activity!

The Bubbling Pools, Jost Van Dyke BVI

Arrive by pulling up at Foxy's Taboo, walking along the path past a cypress grove and over a rocky hill roamed by wild sheep. Imagine bathing in a gorgeous emerald green natural jacuzzi set in stunning surroundings. This is a fantastic spot to wind down after the hike, and reflect on your exciting day and incredible holiday.

 

Snorkeling at "The Indians"

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Thought to resemble an Indian headdress, these collection of rocks are always popular with charterers. Sail past the unihabited Pelican Island, just north of Norman Island to see for yourself!

Pull up to one of the anchoring balls, dive in and swim around and through the rocks. They descend very quickly giving you a different array of marine life than in many other spots. A great morning stop before heading to Peter Island!

These are just a few of the attractions and watering holes in the BVI. If you will be chartering in the British Virgin Islands, we will be happy to design a BVI sailing itinerary around your needs, and recommend the best places to stop along the way. Contact us today to plan your charter holiday of a lifetime!

Please see our 7 day BVI sailing itinerary or our 7 day crewed catamaran itinerary for help planning how to see all of these attractions on a typical route around the BVI.

Also see: Our BVI Blog  | BVI Charter Slideshow 

Our Caribbean destinations: The Windward Islands | Antigua | Guadeloupe | Martinique | Spanish Virgin Islands | St Barths | Anguilla | St Martin/Maarten | St Lucia | St Vincent and the Grenadines | US Virgin Islands - St Thomas, St John, St Croix

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