Things to Do in the British Virgin Islands

Enjoying the views at The Baths beach near Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Enjoying the views at The Baths beach near Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | © BlueOrangeStudio / Alamy
Laura Hampson

The fact that the British Virgin Islands sees fewer visitors than its neighbours (Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, to name a few), only adds to its charm as one of the Caribbean‘s most serene patches. Here, you’ll find everything you could want from an escape: white-sand beaches, azure waters, cocktail-ready sunsets and delicious fare. If you’re still on the fence about visiting, we’ve listed the best things to do in the British Virgin Islands below.

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Go yachting

British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda ,Pond Bay, elevated view of Pond Bay

What’s the best way to locate all the hidden coves and secluded bays in the British Virgin Islands? By yacht, of course. Be sure to book Culture Trip’s multi-day luxury sailing trip that will supply you crewed charter for a floating five-star experience – no sailing knowledge required.

Watch the sunset at Stoutt’s Lookout Bar

Stoutts Lookout TORTOLA CARIBBEAN Car hire jeep at cafe

If you’re looking for an epic sunset spot, there’s no better (or friendlier) place than Stoutt’s Lookout Bar in Tortola. With sweeping views across Cane Garden Bay beach, dine on the seasonal menu which often features burgers or grilled mahi mahi and chase it down with a fruit smoothie with fruit grown by the owner, Prince Stoutt, himself. Tip: the strawberry mango smoothie is delicious.

Explore The Baths on Virgin Gorda

Young woman at cave covered with water at The Baths beach area major tourist attraction at Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

A must-visit spot on the southern coastline of Virgin Gorda, The Baths consists of picture-perfect white-sand beaches, azure-hued waters and a smattering of giant boulders. The granite boulders create secret rock pools to bathe in, so you’ll be able to find a secluded spot your travelling party can chill out in. Go early in the morning as you’ll want to spend all day here.

Enjoy a cold beer at Seddy’s One Love Bar and Grill, Jost Van Dyke

You’ll feel the good vibes emanating from Seddy’s One Love Bar and Grill the moment you approach the beachfront eatery. Owned by one of the friendliest faces on the British Virgin Islands, Seddy Callwood, regulars here know to order fresh lobster and shrimp dishes accompanied by an ice-cold beer. Once you’ve dined here, you’ll recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Go surfing in Apple Bay

British Virgin Islands (British colony) – Island Tortola – Apple Bay, surfers

Sure, most people head to the British Virgin Islands to beach hop but did you know there are some excellent places to surf there too? Case in point: Apple Bay in Tortola is where local and visiting surfers mingle and compete for waves, especially during the busy winter season between October to April, when the surf conditions are at their best.

Learn to scuba dive with Island Surf and Sail

Rhone wreck Tortola British Virgin Islands BVI, underwater, scuba, diving, ocean, sea, blue water, shipwreck, female diver,

New to scuba diving? No problem. There’s no better place to learn how to scuba dive than when you’re surrounded by some of the world’s prettiest diving sites. Book yourself in for a private lesson with Island Surf and Sail which includes a full day on the water, snacks, National Park and permit fees and the ability to learn at a pace that suits you.

Visit the Callwood Rum Distillery

Callwood Rum Distillery Tortola BVI Caribbean Cruise.

What’s a trip to the Caribbean without a visit to a rum distillery? As well as being the last of its kind in the British Virgin Islands, Callwood Rum Distillery is also one of the oldest distilleries in the world (it’s been operating for over 400 years). Set in an old stone building in Tortola, a visit here will be equal parts history lesson and rum tasting session, just be sure to leave room in your suitcase to take a bottle or two back with you.

Hike through the Sandy Cay National Park

British Virgin Islands: Sandy Cay, small island between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke.

As well as having one of the best beaches in the British Virgin Islands, Sandy Cay also has some excellent hiking trails to explore. The island, which is located just off the coast of Jost Van Dyke, is home to a Caribbean dry scrub forest where visitors can view wildlife such as hermit crabs, lizards, hummingbirds, yellow warblers and bananaquits.

Dive the Rhone National Marine Park


The first and only marine park in the British Virgin Islands, the Rhone National Marine Park harbours the RMS Rhone, which sank during a cyclone in 1867. Ideal for intermediate to advanced divers (although some parts are accessible for novices too), the largely intact vessel lies 90 feet below the surface and you can expect to spot everything from moray eels to octopus and turtles.

Eat at Willy T’s

A legendary floating bar and restaurant, no trip to the British Virgin Islands is complete without a meal at Willy T’s. Set on a boat just off the coast of Norman Island, it’s been operating for nearly four decades and visitors here can dine on everything from chicken wings to calamari ceviche – whether you dine pre or post-swim is up to you.

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