SAIL THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL VIRGIN ISLANDS
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
This island is the largest of the British Virgins and as British as Pusser's Rum. Tortola is crowned with peaks rising into the clouds, including Sage Mountain tropical rain forest. Roadtown is the charter boat capital of the world. Tortola is a favorite of yachtsman for all its sheltered bays and anchorages. The famous Bomba Shack offers dancing and good cheer.
Anguilla is in the British Leeward Islands. Columbus thought this long flat island with its multitude of white sand coves looked like an undulating eel, so he named it Anguilla. The island has been a British colony/dependency since it was first settled in 1650. Except for a few half-hearted attempts at invasion by the French during the 18th century, the world has pretty much ignored the island. Recently, Anguilla has been discovered by the cognoscenti, who find the island's small upscale resorts an ideal retreat to get away from it all. Try the haute cuisine at Malliouhana, or the Arabian Nights ambience of Pimms.
This is where the slogan “life’s a beach” was coined. Anguilla’s thirty-three powdery white-sand beaches are excellent for walking, swimming or simply sipping rum daiquiris. The water in Anguilla is phenomenal: fading from cobalt blue to jade green to pale turquoise, the colors are otherworldly. You can stroll for miles and not see another soul ... truly blissful.
Yost Van Dyke
Named for an early Dutch settler (and once a pirate), Jost Van Dyke offers rugged scenery and colorful folklore. Explore sugar mill ruins, trails that crisscross the island and the East End's natural sea-formed Jacuzzi, or look for whales and dolphins. And be sure to stop for a rum punch or two at Foxy's or the Soggy Dollar Bar.
Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
Norman Island is reputed to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Legend has it that pirate treasure is buried at a natural formation called the Indians, which are half-submerged rocks forming an underwater labyrinth for divers and snorkelers. The island is deserted but for a few seabirds, several footpaths, and the Billy Bones bar. One trail leads to Spy Glass Hill, a challenging half-hour hike rewarding you with fantastic views. Pirates once used this lookout to spot Spanish Galleons returning home with gold and treasure.
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
A popular yacht anchorage, Peter Island is known for its beautiful beaches and perfect picnic spots: Deadman's Bay, Great Harbor and Sprat Bay. The Royal Mail Steamer R.M.S. Rhone sank just off the coast in 20-80 feet of ultra-clear water. Adjacent Salt Island, where salt drying ponds are still maintained, is one of the most popular scuba and snorkel spots in the Caribbean.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
When you think of Virgin Gorda, you think The Baths - one of the Caribbean's natural wonders, a spectacular formation of gigantic boulders, creating grottoes and caves that you can explore on foot. The island is home for the famous resort of Little Dix Bay, as well as the Bitter End Yacht Club.
St. Martin / St. Maarten
The smallest island in the world shared by two countries. St. Martin/St. Maarten is big on shopping. You can also try your luck in one of St. Maarten's many casinos. Whether you go Dutch in Philipsburg or prefer Marigot's French touch, you're always welcome.