With verdant hills rising from crystal blue waters that teem with wildlife, and a rich cultural mix of West African, European, and American influences, there’s as much to enjoy as there is to protect in the British Virgin Islands. This mindful trip takes you off the beaten path to uncover a refreshing getaway that’s all your own and help preserve the natural environment too. Among the reef-lined beaches, lush, tropical greenery, and more magnificent untouched scenery, you’ll enjoy thrilling, eco-friendly outdoor activities, some of the most luxurious sustainable resorts in the entire Caribbean, and the charm of shopping local—making eco-travel here rewarding as well as ethical.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate a graduation with friends, treat yourself after a big promotion, or simply celebrate life, this seven-day itinerary will encourage you to slow down, reflect on your milestones, and find your personal paradise. You’ll learn to be present during a hike in Tortola’s Sage Mountain National Park, take a full-day eco-tour of the carefree island Jost Van Dyke, and snorkel alongside fish at Spring Bay National Park in Virgin Gorda. Because the British Virgin Islands are also a sophisticated retreat, you’ll enjoy sustainable, luxury resorts, farm-to-table dining, and outdoor yoga sessions in the tropical breeze too. Read on to discover how to relax and rejuvenate sustainably in the beauty of the British Virgin Islands.
Itinerary / 7 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1Welcome to Tortola
In the late afternoon, drive over to Soper’s Hole Marina, where you’ll find charming, pastel-colored architecture and excellent shopping at small businesses, including beach apparel and gifts at Arawak and photography of the British Virgin Islands at The Allamanda Gallery. Stick around for dinner at Pussers Landing West End where you can enjoy fish and chips and conch chowder in the iconic setting of a British pub.
Day 2Explore Tortola’s wild side
Tortola is BVI’s most populated island, so seeking less-traveled destinations and person-powered transport minimizes ecological impact and affords plenty of serenity too. Book a Secret Lagoon Mangrove Paddle trip with GroundSea Adventures BVI and explore Tortola’s pristine mangrove nurseries on kayaks or stand-up paddleboards (your pick). You’ll learn about the island’s rich history and see abundant wildlife like sea turtles, baby sharks, rays, and barracudas.
Tonight, relax at one of Tortola’s top restaurants. Located in a historic West Indian cottage in Road Town, Dove’s menu is full of fusion dishes including pan-seared snapper with ponzu sauce, mango BBQ pork ribs, and passionfruit cheesecake.
Day 3Sail Away to Jost Van Dyke
After a lunch break at Foxy’s Taboo, a casual spot that boasts a view of Diamond Cay and extra fresh seafood, sail around Jost Van Dyke’s mesmerizing, rugged coastline and look for playful bottlenose dolphins. Finish your outing with some free time at White Bay, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s also home to Soggy Dollar Bar, an iconic bar known for its Painkiller.
At the end of an action-packed day, have dinner at your hotel’s eco-friendly, farm-to-table eatery 1748 Restaurant—many herbs and vegetables come straight from the resort’s own garden.
Day 4Arrive in Virgin Gorda
From there, ride the ferry to Virgin Gorda—a quick taxi will get you to Rosewood Little Dix Bay. One of the most luxurious resorts in the British Virgin Islands, the property is also built with local materials and a leading example of sustainable ecotourism. Settle in and take your pick of the many available activities, including sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling along the half-mile beach. Cow Hill Trail located behind the hotel offers a scenic hike with views of the surrounding islands.
For dinner, take a taxi to CocoMaya and watch the sunset from your table. If you time it right, the restaurant will be hosting one of their monthly full moon parties.
Day 5See the natural wonders of Virgin Gorda
Rosewood Little Dix Bay offers complimentary water taxi service to the seven secluded beaches on Virgin Gorda, including the remote island of Great Dog. Bring along a gourmet picnic packed by the hotel and enjoy lunch in your own private paradise.
No trip to Virgin Gorda is complete without a visit to The Baths where the grottos and tidepools are perfect for snorkeling and exploring. If it’s fewer people and lots of vibrant marine life you’re after, diverge from the crowd and check out nearby Spring Bay National Park. Tonight, dine on Caribbean favorites like jerk chicken and blackened Mahi Mahi at The Restaurant at Leverick Bay while listening to live music.
Day 6Discover Anegada’s secluded charm
When you come up for air, pull up a chair at Cow Wreck Beach Bar and dig into local specialties like fresh lobster and conch fritters. Then, wade into the shallows and try your hand at the tricky sport of catch-and-release bonefishing with Danny’s Bonefishing. Before you leave, go flamingo watching at Anegada’s salt ponds, search for rare rock iguanas on the Bones Bight Nature Trail or visit the Anegada Iguana Headstart Facility. Learn about the BVI’s commitment to restoring the critically endangered species. You can also check out the mountains of conch shells discarded by fishermen with Kelly’s Land & Sea Tour.
Back at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, enjoy dinner at Reef House, a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in handcrafted cocktails and creative seasonal dishes like popcorn crab cakes, whole roasted cauliflower with coconut pistachio sauce, and honeydew ceviche made with the day’s fresh catch.