Road Town

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Road Town

A paradise-like archipelago in the Caribbean consisting of over 50 islands, the British Virgin Islands are one of the most renowned sailing strongholds in the world. For those not chasing the wind, Road Town is rich in stories of the eventful past, while coral reefs and national parks beckon with their rich biodiversity.

Road Town

Caressed by steady breezes and turquoise waters, Road Town is often referred to as the sailing capital of the Caribbean. The British Virgin Islands, with the major isles being Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada, make for some spectacular island hopping even if you are not here to set your sail. Initially settled by the Arawak, the islands were re-explored and given their modern name by Christopher Columbus. What we call British and U.S. Virgin Islands today were then the subject of numerous claims by different European powers including the English, the Danish and the Dutch. By the 17th century, the English had taken control of islands like Tortola, Anegada and Virgin Gorda, and introduced sugar cane and with it slavery in the area. In the 1960s, the British Virgin Islands became an autonomous British Overseas Territory and began turning their head away from agriculture and towards tourism, with busy Road Town in Tortola as the centre of it all. After its recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017, Road Town continues to be not only a haven for charter boats but also a stepping stone to exploring the plenty of cays and coves of the archipelago.

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In the British Virgin Islands, fish and chips are replaced by fish and fungi, the latter being a polenta-like dish — and also the name given to local music. It's also worth sailing past Road Town to the island of Anegada, where the region's best lobster is fished.

Do & See

Rich in cultural and natural treasures, the British Virgin Islands offer over 50 islands' worth of entertainment, sport and recreation, with the omnipresence of seafaring and unique marine life.

Shopping

Especially on the streets of Road Town, souvenir vendors in the British Virgin Islands really go all out for those in search of keepsakes evoking this Caribbean paradise.

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