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All these articles have been featured on The British Virgin Islands Welcome On-Line Tourist Guide in the past. In case you missed any of them, we’ve archived them so that you may reference them at any time. Click on the links to read the full story.

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October, 2016

  • 3 October

    Off The Beaten Track

    The Virgin Island’s Hidden Nuggets of Beauty. For many charter boat sailors the week’s cruise around the British Virgin Islands involves a predictable route. It often entails sailing to a mooring area, usually with a beach bar/restaurant; arriving early to ensure a mooring ball is available and then watching latecomers …

August, 2016

  • 4 August

    The Long Walk

    “I wanted to experience Virgin Gorda at a slower pace. What better way than on my own two feet?” When Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on Virgin Gorda during his second voyage to the West Indies in 1493, he thought the island looked like a pregnant woman lying on her …

  • 4 August

    Creatures of the Rhone

    The wreck of the Royal Mail Ship Rhone is regarded as the premier wreck dive of the Caribbean. One cannot but feel the haunting presence of those who went down with the steamship during a category five hurricane on October 29, 1867. Whether swimming through the bow section or investigating …

  • 1 August

    The Dynamo behind the Dynamic Twirlers

    Photo Dean Greenaway

    The highlight of the annual August Festival activities that begins in late July and ends on the first weekend in August, is the colorful August Monday Parade, held on the first Monday in the month. Scores of visitors and residents descend on Road Town and line the parade route, as …

July, 2016

  • 19 July

    “Breaking of the Salt Pond”

    Photo by Ricky Dos Santos

    A valued tradition is revived in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday   This spring, over 100 descendents of Salt Island, along with government officials and other dignitaries, gathered at the edge of one of the island’s two salt ponds. They were there to take part in the “breaking of …

  • 16 July

    When Cotton and Sugar Were King

    T  hroughout the steep hills and gently sloping valleys of the BVI lie numerous stone ruins. A few of these ruins of sugar mills and plantation homes have been incorporated into restaurant buildings and into domestic landscaping. The Callwood Rum Distillery building in Cane Garden Bay built in the 18th …

  • 14 July

    ECO Pioneers

    Glass Starfish from Green VI are displayed on the beach

    Three innovative thinkers reuse, recycle and re-purpose Thoughts of waste for many BVI residents, does not go far beyond the kitchen trashcan or much past the neighborhood green waste container, whose contents get hauled off to the Pockwood Pond Incinerator or the Virgin Gorda landfill. But what if we are …

May, 2016

  • 28 May

    The Reel Life

    CaptainTommy LaRonge & Jimmy Houston

    The BVI is the Backdrop for Fishing Superstars, Jimmy Houston and Misty Wells. Take a primarily fresh water fisherman known as an “outdoor icon” in his field, lure him with the warmth and beauty of the tropics, offer to put him aboard a 61’ Viking Sport Fishing Yacht, and give …

  • 9 May

    Our Magnificent Visitors

    The humpback whale can be seen in the Virgin Islands between December and May. Each year with the regularity of northern tourists fleeing the winter cold, the humpback whale visits the Virgin Islands. For the most part, humpbacks are quiet, unobtrusive guests barely noticed by islanders. They swim through the …

  • 5 May

    Pampered At Sea

    It all began in 1968 when a few adventurer/sailor/visionaries realized what the British Virgin Islands had to offer and took the plunge into a risky endeavor – the bareboat chartering business. Crewed chartering for vacationing had been going on since the late 1940s and had become well established in the …