Fact File for British Virgin Islands
The BVI are a mountainous terrain of lush green slopes, impressive coral reefs and world-famous shipwrecks. All 50 islands are a true slice of heaven with many activities on offer, including whale and dolphin-spotting. Norman Island was supposedly the location of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
COORDINATES: 18º30N, 64º30W
CAPITAL: Road Town, Tortola
WEATHER: Tropical climate moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year, daily summer temperature reaches 32C (89F) and winter sees 29C (84F).
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: December-April
AIRPORTS: Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island.
CURRENCY: USD; major credit cards are accepted in some establishments and there are ATMs in Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Travelerscheques, particularly in USD, are accepted in most places but all are liable to a 10c stamp duty.
ELECTRICITY: 110V, 60Hz
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 5 Mar - LavityStoutt's birthday
- 2nd Mon in Mar - Commonwealth Day
- Mar/Apr - Good Friday, Easter Monday
- May/Jun - Whit Monday
- 2nd Sat in Jun - Queen's birthday
- 1 Jul - Territory Day
- 1st Mon in Aug - Festival Mon/Tues/Wed
- 21 Oct - Saint Ursula's day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- 26 Dec - Boxing Day
MAIN PORTS AND MARINAS: Bitter End Yacht Club,Scrub Island Resort Marina, Village Cay Marina, Diamond Cay Marina
RECOMMENDED BEACHES: Smugglers' Cove, Long Bay, Brewer's Bay, Marina Cay and many more
CULTURAL: Pace of life is very laidback. Shaking hands is a customary greeting and dress is mostly informal, except for formal requirements at some hotels. Beachwear should be limited to the beach or poolside. As the islands remain part of the British Commonwealth, the islanders reflect many British traditions and customs.
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