Wonders of British Virgin Islands
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.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 10 wonders of British Virgin Islands
Sea caves of Norman Island
Three caves at water level, an interesting destination for snorkeling.
Unusual beach with giant granite boulders with amazing grottoes in between.
Guana Island ecosystem
This small island has very high biological diversity, this is the only place where bromeliad Pitcairnia jareckii is found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.