By Elizabeth Quevedo
British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
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Dubbed “Nature’s Little Secrets,” the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is the perfect destination for your next tropical getaway. Containing 60 islands, the BVI chain is everything paradise should be. Whether traveling as a couple, a family, or planning a destination wedding, you’ll delight in the BVI’s picturesque scenery, alluring beaches and rich Caribbean culture.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next island escape to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. The BVI’s main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS), is located on the small Beef Island, which is next door to the largest and most populated island, Tortola. Though there are no direct flights to the BVI from the U.S., Canada, Europe, or South America, you’ll find no trouble connecting through another Caribbean airport, such as San Juan, Puerto Rico or St. Thomas. If you plan to visit one of the other islands, such as Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke, charter flights and ferries are available. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com by clicking the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). We can also help you reserve accommodations at one of the many BVI hotels or resorts. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your stay. 

Since Tortola is the BVI’s capital island, EscapeWizard.com recommends it as your first stop. Gorgeous beaches and water activities await you. Cane Garden Bay, a popular beach favored by boaters, is a great place to swim, windsurf, or grab a drink or bite to eat at one of the beachside bars or restaurants. If you’re a surfer looking to catch some waves, head to Apple Bay Beach. History seekers can revel in the ruins at Brewer’s Bay Beach, and Smuggler’s Cove is the place to go if you seek seclusion, great snorkeling and the chance to spot sea turtles.

Tortola also boasts a fantastic setting for scuba diving. Clear waters, warm temperatures and a variety of coral reefs, underwater caves and shipwrecks make diving ideal for both beginners and experts. Brewer’s Bay East is a great site to see corals, rays and nurse sharks, and Painted Walls, one of the BVI’s top ten dive sites, offers views of brightly-colored gorges.

If you’re looking for a little history and culture, EscapeWizard.com suggests you stop by the 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works. Now a museum, this attraction houses the site where sugar, cotton and lime juice were produced for many years. Another great option is the Callwood Rum Distillery, a historic yet still operating sugar cane distillery. If you’re interested in ruins, head to Mount Healthy National Park, where you can see the remains of an old sugar plantation—including a partially intact windmill.
If you’re looking for souvenirs or gifts, do not miss browsing historic Main Street in the capital city, Road Town, where you can find anything from exotic spices to local artwork. Grab lunch at one of the cafes along the way, and stop by the Crafts Alive Village for handcrafted items.

After exploring Tortola, if you want to check out another island, EscapeWizard.com suggests Virgin Gorda. Literally translated as “Fat Virgin,” the name was coined by Christopher Columbus, who thought the shape of the island resembled a reclining woman. Though it’s been a while since Columbus’ time, Virgin Gorda still boasts natural beauty and unspoiled beaches. Savannah Bay Beach is perfect for relaxing, and Spring Bay Beach offers some of the BVI’s most inviting waters.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends a visit to one or more of Virgin Gorda’s stunning natural parks. Head to Gorda Peak National Park, the highest point on the island, and check out spectacular views of the BVI, plus exotic flora and fauna. Another great option is The Baths National Park, where giant granite boulders create small pools along the beach. From the Baths, you can take a trail to reach another gorgeous beach—Devil’s Bay, where snorkelers and scuba divers can enjoy the underwater life.

If you’re interested in seeing yet another island, EscapeWizard.com suggests Jost Van Dyke. Named after a former pirate, this small, sparsely-populated island features a rugged landscape as the backdrop to a lively culture. White Bay Beach is the perfect place to snorkel or relax at one of its award-winning bars, and the Great Harbour Beach is a prime location for water sports. You can also explore ruins, hike trails, or watch for whales and dolphins. While visiting, you’ll definitely want to indulge in the local cuisine, which includes flavorful barbecue, fish sandwiches and lobster. You might also want to try “The Painkiller”—the Caribbean’s famous cocktail—which was invented at one of Jost Van Dyke’s bars.

As mentioned before, the BVI encompass 60 different islands, so the more adventurous or repeat traveler can get out and explore another “Little Secret.” No matter where or how you choose to spend your time, your trip to the British Virgin Islands will leave you with more than a nice tan—it will leave you with beautiful memories. Book your travel through EscapeWizard.com today!
Hotels in British Virgin Islands
By Joanna Lee
Scrub Island Resort, Spa, & Marina
Scrub Island Scrub Island VG1120, British Virgin Islands
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Explore the tropical paradise of Scrub Island and the British Virgin Islands with the Scrub Island Resort, Spa, & Marina Autograph Collection.  The Scrub Island Resort is located near two airports, the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, located only a mile away, and the Cyril E. King International Airport. Transportation on the island is supplied by resort staff.  Check-in and check-out begin at 4 p.m. and 12 p.m. respectively. 

The Scrub Island Resort has a selection of rooms to suit the tastes of each guest. You can choose from guest rooms, one bedroom suites, or two bedroom suites. Other options include governor rooms, governor suites, the presidential, and two to four bedroom guest villas. All guest accommodations are furnished with spectacular views, king-size beds, and refrigerators. General amenities included in guest accommodations are cribs and play areas, individual climate control, sofa beds, in room safes, and coffeemakers/ tea services. Kitchens include a dishwasher; oven; microwave; stove; tables and chairs; and pots, pans, dishes. In room entertainment includes a wet bar and cable/satellite color TV with DVD movies at hand.  The resort provides complimentary high speed and wireless Internet, as well as wired internet, for a fee. Check with resort staff to find out about accessible guest accommodations and accessible resort features. Also, remember to check out the Scrub Island Resort’s Marina Village.

The Scrub Island Resort aims to make your stay a memorable one, supplying a number of handy services and amenities. Examples of such services and amenities include a babysitting service, foreign exchange service, a grocery shopping service, and a Virtual Concierge service. The resort provides a number of dining options, like a full American breakfast and buffet breakfast, available for a fee, and room service from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Other dining options at the resort are Gourmet Market & Café, Caravela, and The Pool Bar, and outside eateries include the Pussers Marina Cay and Last Resort. Keep up with your workout routine at the Scrub Island Fitness Center or take a morning run along the jogging trail. Check out local sights like The Baths at Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and other nearby islands. Rejuvenate yourself at the Ixora Spa or go explore Scrub Island, swimming with dolphins or diving to the wreck of the RMS Rhone. Other activities include horseback riding, swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing.

To book your getaway, visit: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).