Oct 14th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, Seeking Peace and Quiet?

Are you an island lover?  I saw a man today with a hat that read…BVI.  I figured that it had to means The British Virgin Islands.  So seniors, time for a blog on BVI.   There are several websites that have good info about the many islands, the dive sites, anchorage and much more.  The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands  along with over fifty smaller islands and cays. Approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited.

The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The name is derived from the nautical term the roads, a place less sheltered than a harbor but which ships can easily get to. The islands have a total population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola.

The largest of the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is the hub of the chain. It offers seniors peace and quiet, plus every activity they could hope for. The range of accommodations runs from posh hotels to beach side cottages. And Tortola offers as many choices in cuisine from continental to local fare.  Its Emancipation Festival is the year’s social highlight. Tortola also is the base for exploring one of the Caribbean’s most famous shipwrecks, the HMS Rhone.

A good guide map is always a nice place to start with so many islands.  There are several pampered ways to get around Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and all the other inter-islands. Perhaps you have discovered the BVIs and have researched best way to get to the BVI since there are no direct flights from the USA.

Measuring just eight-and-a-half-miles long, Virgin Gorda is the third largest in the island chain and the next most visited island. Dramatic slopes plunge from Gorda Peak to the turquoise waters far below. Virgin Gorda, features some of the area’s most exclusive resorts and the monumental beach known as The Baths.  Both HMS Rhone and The Baths number among the more than two dozen national parks scattered throughout the BVIs.

Jost Van Dyke is an island of coral sand, and its beaches are the loveliest in the Caribbean.  They are so deserted, chances are you won’t see another set of footsteps on the sand. You no longer have to risk shipwreck to visit Anegada—it takes just eleven minutes to fly from Anegada’s Beef Island Airport. And in another minute, you’ll be out on the sandy roads headed for one of the incomparable beaches.

Seniors Discover One of Nature’s Little Secrets

The British Virgin Islands have two great assets – accessibility and virgin beauty. Known for years as a sailor’s paradise, yacht cruisers were among the first to realize this was indeed one of Nature’s Little Secrets, which is the territory’s official slogan. The B.V.I. is blessed by year-round trade winds and temperate weather. BVI claims to have the most beautiful beaches in the world…but so does Cancun and Punta Cana and… The beaches here however are said  be kissed by a technicolor tide.

A school in Iowa where I taught had a secretary who thought that the BVIs were heaven personified.  She and her husband would go back to the BVIs once a year without fail.  She loves the BVIs for the tropical climate. The temperatures vary little throughout the year. In the capital, Road Town, typical daily temperatures are around 89.6°F in the summer and 84.2 °F in the winter.

There is sure to be plenty to please even the most demanding seniors with the many powder white beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, fine dining with a Caribbean twist, friendly local entertainment, water sports, diving, sailing, windsurfing and fishing – as according to Glenda…”the British Virgin Islands have it all.” TripAdvisor will complete your planning for a wonderful trip to the BVIs.  IgoUgo suggests ten things to do in the BVIs.

The British Virgin Islands  are the home territory of Long John Silver of Treasure Island fame. Robert Louis Stevenson visited the BVIs shortly before writing his classic, though what he called Treasure Island is actually known as Norman Island, named for the pirate whose treasure is believed still buried there.  See Ten Things to Know About the BVIs.

If you are a sailor, a beachcomber and you love rum, the BVIs may be just the place for your next vacation.  jeb

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