Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Recharge Your Sense of Adventure in the British Virgin IslandsA sailor's fantasy, the British Virgin Islands includes four main islands and dozens of smaller ones, all covered in palms and dotted with hibiscus flowers, scattered across the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The best way to explore this legendary haunt of pirates, smugglers, and other colorful characters is aboard a catamaran sailing through the seas while you breathe in the salt air.
The largest island in the chain, Tortola (12 miles by 3 miles) has a clean British elegance as well as a laidback island vibe on beaches like Cane Garden and Brewer's Bay. The capital, Road Town, has a Pirates of the Caribbean air with its abandoned colonial-era prison and its 18th-century government house. As you sail through the British Virgin Islands you'll likely hear legends of old pirates and ships. You may even wreck dive right off your yacht or call at cays with names like "Dead Chest.” Robert Louis Stevenson himself used old legends of the British Virgin Islands when writing Treasure Island. As you sail its waters, you’ll have the chance to live your own classic travel tale.