Quick Guide > Islands of the BVI
British Virgin Islands
Tortola is the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands with a population of 14,000 and holds the tallest peak in the BVI at Sage Mountain National Park some 1780 feet above sea level. The mountains on Tortola are covered with bright healthy fern and frangipani plant while numerous white sandy beaches and small intimate coves surround the shores. The name "Tortola" comes from Christopher Columbus meaning "The Land of the
Turtle Dove". The economy of tortola is mostly fueled by financial services and tourism.
The third largest island in the BVI Christopher Columbus is said to have named this island "The Fat Virgin" because the Island resembled a rotund woman lying on her back. The island is 8.5 sq miles reached a population of about 4000 people in 2007 . This islands is totally dependant on tourism and you will find some of the most friendly people in the BVI. This island is known for a geological phenomena known as The Baths and holds the Guinness World Record for smallest gecko in the world. The island is ideal for snorkeling and swimming, holding some of the BVI's most crystal clear water beaches.
Anegada, unlike most of the other islands in the BVI was formed by by coral and limestone and not volcanic action. The island is only about 28 feet about sea level earning the name which translate to "The Drowned Land". Anegada has long sandy beaches with sky blue waters. The island is about 15sq miles with beaches all around. Horseshoe which is said to be the third largest reef in the caribbean surround the island making most yacht charter companies restrict some sailing to the island. Don't be surprise if you find yourself alone on one of this island's beautiful beaches, with a population of only 300 in 2007. Anegada is what you will call living life in the slow lane. Crime on anegada is almost nonexistent. Anegada is accessible by ferry and plane from the islands of Virgin Gorda and Tortola.
see ferry schedule to Anegada
The smallest of the four main islands of the BVI, Jost Van Dyke is just 8 sq miles. A little island full of life and a population of about 150 people in 2007. Jost Van Dkye is home to the famous Foxy's bar and restaurant which is known around the world for it's New Year's and Halloween Parties. The island is also home to many shops where you can purchase local craft and paintings right along the waters edge.
Jost Van Dyke
Other Islands of the British Virgin Islands
If there was any dispute of how many islands there are in the BVI the list below shows the name of some of more than 48 smaller islands closely positioned in the BVI.
Some of them are equipped with restaurants, hotels, villas, national parks and yacht clubs.
|Dead Chest Cay
||Dead Chest Island
||East Seal Dog Island
|Fallen Jerusalem Island
|George Dog Island
|Great Dog Island
||Great Tobago Island
||Little Jost Van Dyke
|Little Seal Dog Island
|Little Wickmans Cay
|Old Jerusalem Island
||Prickly Pear Island
||West Dog Island
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