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The British Virgin Islands has been busy rebuilding since Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.  For the lucky few of us that get to enjoy this visitor’s paradise all year long, it’s inspiring and encouraging to see the hillsides green again and buildings and homes being rebuilt.   However, the question we are often asked by our clients is: “Is the BVI ready for tourists?” The answer is a resounding “YES!”

Here are a few reasons now is the perfect time to book a vacation in the BVI.

Where to stay

Short-term rental homes remain one of the most popular ways to experience in the BVI.  Vacation villas are in high demand and although some continue to repair storm damage, there are still plenty of incredible luxury villas to choose from.  Both Tortola and Virgin Gorda boast an impressive portfolio of beautiful beachfront or mountainside villas, with enough variety to accommodate large gatherings or cozy romantic getaways for two.

What to do


These islands appeal to water babies of all abilities and interests. The diving is unsurpassed, the beaches are pristine and it’s one of the world’s most celebrated sailing destinations. The yachting community has almost fully recovered but there is still plenty to do without getting wet. The BVI National Parks Trust has done an incredible job of clearing the hiking paths and nature trails around the BVI. Sage Mountain National Park provides a maze of hikes and trails throughout the BVI’s rainforest and the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda are untouched and continue to draw tourists from around the world to marvel at these natural wonders.

Where to eat

For those preferring to stay in the comfort of their own villa, provisioning services are available and the numerous supermarkets have fully stocked shelves of whatever you would need.  Don’t want to cook? Why not enjoy the services of a private chef? Numerous restaurants and bars in the BVI have reopened after the hurricanes, and are bustling with locals and visitors alike. From casual beach bars to fine dining, each island offers a unique selection of eateries.

And lastly…

Why Choose the BVI?

The British Virgin Islands remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.   The short-term rental market has gone from strength to strength since the beginning of the year. With its crystal-clear waters, incredible beaches, fun party spots and unsurpassed watersports, it’s not hard to see why!

Kate Henderson
Kate joined the Smiths Gore residential team in 2016, spearheading their international marketing, social media campaign management and leads on strategic projects.
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