Details: Where to Go, What to Do in the British Virgin Islands
GETTING THERE: There is no direct service from Washington to the British Virgin Islands. AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue and US Airways offer connecting service to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Washington airports starting at about $260. American Eagle flies from San Juan to Tortola (about $160). Or fly to St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, on American, Continental, Delta or US Airways from about $295; from there it's a 30-minute ferry ride.
GETTING AROUND: Sailing is the best way to get around these islands. Failing that, regular ferry service links the major islands (round-trip Tortola-Anegada about $50-$60, less for the other islands).
You can book a bareboat sailing or powerboat vacation through Moorings (http:/
WHERE TO STAY: For the Jewels of the BVI program, go to http:/
On Tortola, I stayed at Icis Villas (Brewer's Bay, Road Town, 011-284-494-6979, http:/
Near Tortola's Cane Garden Bay, a popular beach with lots to do and plenty of night life, Mongoose Apartments (Cane Garden Bay, 011-284-495-4421, http:/
Anegada is the most secluded in the island chain and a flat coral atoll. If you want but a loaf of bread, a jug of mai tais, a hammock and your significant other, check out Lo'Blolly Cottages (Lo'Blolly Bay, 011-284-495-8359, http:/
Maria's by the Sea (Road Town, Tortola, 011-284-494-2595, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: You might have to do it as part of a tour, but Willy T, or the William Thornton Floating Bar & Restaurant, housed on an old boat just off Norman Island (011-284-496-8603, http:/
Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke (Great Harbour, 011-284-495-9258, http:/
They say that the waters off Anegada provide most of the lobster served in restaurants across the eastern Caribbean. The best place to eat it -- arguably the best grilled lobster I ever had -- is the Cow Wreck Beach Bar (Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, 011-284-495-8047, http:/
On Virgin Gorda, Rock Cafe & Sam's Piano Bar (the Valley, 011-284-495-5482, http:/
WHAT TO DO: Book a day charter and sail the islands (see "Getting Around"), explore the Baths at Virgin Gorda, shop at Trellis Bay or Road Town, try surfing at Josiah's Bay, snorkel or scuba, or just roll over and apply more sunscreen. One of the best wreck dive sites in the Caribbean is just west of Virgin Gorda. To explore the wreck of the Rhone, you can book dive trips through Dive BVI (800-848-7078, http:/
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