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Wonders of British Virgin Islands

Tortola Island, British Virgin Islands
Tortola Island, British Virgin Islands / Terry Ott, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory.

These small islands, for the most part, are picturesque, forest-covered hills rising from the blue Caribbean. Only the Anegada island is a low-lying coral island, others are formed by volcanic processes.

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WorldViolet Top 10 wonders of British Virgin Islands

Geological wonders

Sea caves of Norman Island

Three caves at water level, an interesting destination for snorkeling.

The Baths

Unusual beach with giant granite boulders with amazing grottoes in between.

The Baths in British Virgin Islands, a passage between giant granite boulders
The Baths, a passage between giant granite boulders / Peter Pawlowski, / CC BY 2.0

Biological wonders

Guana Island ecosystem

This small island has very high biological diversity, this is the only place where bromeliad Pitcairnia jareckii is found.

Archaeological wonders

Belmont Bay Settlement

Prehistoric site (around 900 – 1500 AD) with remnants of the oldest ball court in the Caribbean. The site contains remnants of roundhouses and sites of possible ceremonial activities, and burials. The Ball court has two standing stones, one contains a petroglyph of the sun.

Architecture and legendary wonders

Treasure of Norman Island

In the 18th century, the Spanish and pirates left treasure on this small island. Part of it was found but there are rumors that more is hidden and has not been found yet.

The Copper Mine in Virgin Gorda

Ruins of an abandoned copper mine that was active from 1837 to 1862. Contains one of the oldest Cornish beam engines in the world, built in 1836. The area contains semiprecious stones, including malachite.

The Copper Mine, British Virgin Islands
The Copper Mine / Legis, / public domain
Long Look Estate (John Lettsom House)

Possibly the oldest free black estate in the Americas. Slaves of this farm were freed in 1776.

Fort George in Tortola

Remnants of a British (Dutch?) fort, built mainly in the late 18th century.

Fort Recovery

An early example of Martello tower fort – a free-standing tower at the beach. Most likely built before 1646.

Kingstown St. Phillip’s Church

Possibly the oldest free black church in the Americas. The church was built after 1831 and is in ruins now.

WorldYellow Recommended books

British Virgin Islands Adventure & Dive Guide

Loaded with information for everything there is to see and do. The colorful maps have shaded relief on land masses and hues of blue to denote water depths.

Fodor’s U.S. & British Virgin Islands

The history, beautiful beaches, myriad activities, good food, and no-passport-required status of the U.S. Virgin Islands make St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix inviting beach destinations for many Americans. Tortola and the British Virgin Islands are also popular destinations for cruise ships and sun-seekers, although, with over 60 islands, it’s easy to find a quiet and serene oasis.

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