The Best Smaller Islands to Visit in the BVI
Collected by Kristy Alpert , AFAR Contributor
From privately owned, uninhabited islands to protected national parks and isolated resorts, the other islands that make up the BVI offer experiences ripe for discovery.
Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands
The 60-plus cays and isles of the British Virgin Islands—most of them uninhabited—inspire castaway fantasies; charter a boat in Tortola, sail it yourself to Sandy Cay, and you can fulfill them for an afternoon. Once part of Laurance S. Rockefeller...
Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands
This lesser-known Caribbean island served as the backdrop for the 1959 movie Virgin Island, starring John Cassavetes and Sidney Poitier. The film recounted writer Robb White's adventure with his wife Rosalie "Rodie" Mason after buying the island...
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
This 74-acre gem is owned by Sir Richard Branson. Surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with white-sand beaches, the beautiful island can be hired exclusively by groups of at least 34 people. Individuals, couples, or families can still enjoy a...
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
With seven beaches and 850 acres of untouched tropical scrub, Guana Island can be your own private paradise. To make the experience even more exclusive, the resort can arrange for a local boatman to take you to a castaway picnic on a secluded...
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Referred to by locals as “Treasure Island” due to the island’s legendary past as many pirates’ favored spots for stowing treasure, Norman Island is said to have been one of the islands that inspired Robert Louis Stevenon’s famous novel of the same...
Scrub Island, VG1120, British Virgin Islands
Scrub Island is one place where being shipwrecked might actually be a good thing—pity that dockside boat slips abound. Located on a volcanic speck just 75 miles east of Puerto Rico, Scrub Island Resort is the ultimate tropical idyll, with a...
Cooper Island, British Virgin Islands
Scuba divers flock to this diving paradise, as the island sits right on the cusp of “wreck alley.” On shore, the island is home to a handful of private homes and one seriously cool eco hotel (the Cooper Island Beach Club) that makes their own...
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