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I'm thinking about visiting the British Virgin Islands. I don't know anyone who has been. Can someone give me a recommendation on which islands locations are the best to just relax (no tourist trap) and where to stay. This would be for two couples and an infant

Posted on Apr 07, 2011

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John Galante
AFAR Staff

Kim - check out Little Dix Bay - a Rosewood Hotel, which is pretty incredible, or Peter Island - a private island resort.

Posted Apr 08, 2011

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We sailed through the islands, so I did not stay on one.  However, Virgin Gorda is the one I would love to go back and stay on.  There is enough to do (snorkeling the Baths, visiting North Sound) if you want, or just stay on the beach and soak up the sun.


Posted Apr 09, 2011

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I've only stayed on Virgin Gorda (plus a day trip to Tortola). We were there on our honeymoon and never felt overrun with tourists anywhere we went. The Baths are incredible and I've never experienced snorkeling like that before or after! Beautiful both above and below the water. We stayed at Nail Bay and rented a Jeep on days we wanted to get around - which was fun in itself because I was driving on the opposite side of the road than I was used to and when I'd take a turn and automatically go onto the wrong side of the road it didn't matter because there was no traffic!  Never found a crowded beach, either. There were definitely people at the Baths but again, not a crazy crowd. Very relaxing trip.

picture is at the Baths

Posted Apr 17, 2011

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Hi Kim, I live in the BVI. Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda is a good suggestion. VG is much less crowded than Tortola and has a slower pace. Depending if you just want to sit on a beach and relax there are a number of other places to look into. Peter Island Resort is also an upscale resort. There is also a small resort on Cooper Island, see: http://www.cooper-island.com/ . It is a popular anchorage for yachts but has a nice beach to sit and relax. You could stay on Tortola and take ferries to the other islands for day trips such as Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada or even to St. John USVI. Some of the good hotels include the Sugar Mill Hotel, Frenchman's Cay Resort, or you could stay at the marina at Nanny Cay. I would stay away from Cane Garden BAy since this is a location where all the cruise ship passengers get dropped off and it can be over crowded. You might also want to look into renting a villa since there are 2 couples and you can cook your own meals, sometimes this is a better value. A number of the villas are listed on the BVI tourist board website: http://www.bvitourism.com . If you do decide to come down here, let me know where you might be stayng and I can give you suggestions on good places to eat, things to do, etc. All the best, Shannon

Posted Apr 20, 2011

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