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If there was ever an island to be stranded on, it’s the British Virgin Islands. Located in the Caribbean and made up of four mainland islands and approximately 50 smaller islands, the British Virgin Islands is magical, mesmerising and quite possibly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Thanks to more than 400,000 travellers booking flights to the British Virgin Islands every year, tourism accounts for 45 per cent of the island’s income.
Once a haven for pirates and sea captains, the islands today welcome hundreds of cruise ship passengers and tourists who fly to the British Virgin Islands for holiday. The islands are equally as attractive to sea-lovers as they are to those who like to keep their feet on land. Book flights to the British Virgin Islands for a walk on the white sand beaches, a visit to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, or snorkel the coral reefs. The British Virgin Islands is a sea-lover’s paradise – charter a yacht and explore the other islands in the Caribbean.
The British Virgin Islands are sub-tropical with high levels of humidity. Temperatures are made much more comfortable by trade winds however and average 26 to 31 degrees in the summer and 22 to 28 degrees in the winter. Rainfall is sporadic and there have been droughts.
The weather in BVI is good year round. The peak season is December-May, because this coincides with the cold weather in Europe and North America, from where most tourists arrive.
November to June is the peak season for divers (away from any possible hurricanes).
September through November is the rainy season. Rainfall is usually in short bursts, however, and everything dries off quickly afterwards. This can be the best time to get a cheap flight to British Virgin Islands.
Car or jeep hire is the most popular means of transport, if you’re staying on one island, though taxis are readily available. To hire a car, you need to buy a BVI license, as well as showing the driving license from your country of origin. This only costs $10 (£5).
For island hopping, inter-island flights are available, and a luxurious way to travel. Most flights are based on Beef Island. There are three charter air companies, as well as a chartered helicopter service. There are also many ferries running between the islands; far more enjoyable is to charter a boat yourself.
(prices quoted are from London)