Take A Break
- April 1st, 2020
- in Lifestyle
The British Virgin Islands are lovely the entire year-round, but Spring may actually be the perfect time to visit. The weather is impeccable, the water is always crystal clear and the breezes are still flowing freely as the temperatures start to heat up. The tourist season is starting to slow down close to Easter, so the crowds are also becoming smaller. Plus, there’s the chance that a whale could still be sighted as they finish their migration trek to warmer waters.
If you’re considering a spring break trip to the BVI, book your ticket – this guide is for you.
Getting to the BVI is simpler than ever with more flights available from major cities across the globe. Flying directly to Tortola (EIS) is a quick trip from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) or from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT). Direct flights are also available from St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies (SXM). Often a more economic option is to fly directly to St. Thomas, and then enjoy a peaceful ferry ride to a few different islands in the BVI.
Once you’re in Tortola, there are a number of accommodation options to choose from. A private villa is a fabulous way to stay and see the territory. Many rent for a week at a time, but some will accommodate shorter stays or rent parts of villas for smaller groups. A villa rental will often have all the amenities of a hotel, if not more. Private pools, outdoor baths and a beautiful view are often a special draw for those wanting a secluded experience.
Hotels large and small are also available for a great Spring break vacation. From a eco-glam experience at Cooper Island Beach Club or Anegada Beach Club to the understated luxury of Rosewood Little Dix Bay, staying in the BVI is anything but ordinary.
Another fantastic way to enjoy spring break in the BVI is on a chartered yacht. Vessels large and small are available to charter for an unforgettable week of sailing through the islands. Whether you’re travelling with a group of friends or are here for a romantic getaway, a charter offers a personalized vacation experience unlike any other.
Things to Do
Whether you like relaxed vibe or an adventurous trip, the BVI has it all. The beaches are pristine, quiet and the water is calm. Perfect for a slow stroll on the sand or for staking out a spot to relax with a drink in your hand, nothing beats a BVI beach day. Plus, you can’t beat the snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities throughout the territory.
If a workout with a view is more your pace, there are plenty of trails to enjoy a good hike with a fabulous view at the end. Tortola’s Mount Sage National park is a 2.5-mile trail cared for by the BVI National Parks Trust leading to the tallest peak on the island. And Devil’s Bay trail on Virgin Gorda leads to the iconic Baths, huge natural boulder structures filled with caves and crevices to explore.
A day charter is an excellent way to see the islands at your own pace. A number of companies operate in the BVI and can tailor a day on the water to things you want to do and see. If you’re a sailor, the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival takes place in late March/early April and features competitive and friendly races, along with parties and activities for participants and spectators.
Eat and Drink
No matter what kind of cuisine you’re looking for, you can find it in the Caribbean. A perpetual melting pot of cultures, food is a major part of life in the islands. On Tortola, Dove is serving up contemporary dishes with international flavours, while CocoMaya on Virgin Gorda is a beautiful beachfront restaurant and lounge featuring Asian and Latin fusion food.
Seafood is, of course, a favourite cuisine in the Caribbean, and fresh lobster is best eaten on the beach, family-style, at The Lobster Trap in Anegada. A luxurious new restaurant has opened at Nova at Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda. Enjoy lunch or cocktails on the beautiful deck or a sunset dinner overlooking the sea.
Spring has sprung in the BVI and there’s never been a better time to visit!