- Continental region – British Overseas Territory
- Currency symbol of British Virgin Islands (UK) –United States Dollar ($)
- Capital City – Road Town
- Official languages –English
- Population – 29,802 (2018) World Bank
- Country dialling code – (+1)
- Official website –British Virgin Islands (UK)
- Top 3 biggest industries –Tourism, financial services, fresh fruits
- Google Maps link –British Virgin Islands (UK)
- Where is it? –The British Virgin Islands, part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean, is a British overseas territory. Comprising 4 main islands and many smaller ones, it’s known for its reef-lined beaches and as a yachting destination.
British Virgin Islands (UK) In Pictures
British Virgin Islands (UK) History
- How did the country get its first name? -Christopher Columbus named the islands after Saint Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (Spanish: Santa Úrsula y las Once Mil Vírgenes), shortened to the Virgins (las Vírgenes).
- How did the country get its current name? – The official name is “Virgin Islands”, but is often prefixed with “British”.
- When and by whom the country was first discovered? – Arawak Indians arrived on the islands around 100 BC. Christopher Columbus was the first European to see the islands in 1493.
- Who were the first Inhabitants? – Although the first officially documented residents were the Arawaks, some believe the Ciboney arrived earlier.
- When it was first recognized as a country? – The islands are on Overseas British Territory.
- Who was the first leader of the country? – Lavity Stoutt was the first Chief Minister of the territory under the 1967 constitution.
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Five Places to Visit in British Virgin Islands (UK)
- Cooper Island: The boutique Cooper Island Beach Club has long been one of our favorite small hotels in the Caribbean — and one of our favorite places, period. That’s because despite its small size on the shores of Manchioneel Bay there’s just so much on offer – a great beach, one of the region’s most impressive rum bars, a terrific eatery and the sort of warm, energetic hospitality for which the British Virgin Islands is so famous. (https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/03/5-places-to-visit-in-the-british-virgin-islands-right-now/5/)
- Anegada: Beaches, lobster, secret rum punch recipes… Anegada is the frontier of the BVI, and since last year’s storm, it’s become the crown jewel of the destination’s recovery. Even better? Head to the island in November and you can attend the Anegada Lobster Festival, because, in case you didn’t know, this is the Caribbean capital of lobster.(https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/03/5-places-to-visit-in-the-british-virgin-islands-right-now/5/)
- Tortola: Long Bay. Cane Garden Bay. The Pussers Road Town Pub. The Sugar Mill Restaurant. The must-visit stops are open, as are the green hills, and so are the places to stay, from Nanny Cay to Maria’s Bay the Sea to Fort Recovery to the Mariner Inn to a host of terrific villas. (https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/03/5-places-to-visit-in-the-british-virgin-islands-right-now/5/)
- Jost Van Dyke: The Caribbean’s Beach Bar Mecca is back. The Caribbean’s bucket-list yachting destination has returned, meaning you can get your painkillers at Soggy, your endless nights (and Fire Water) at Foxy’s and the turquoise water and white sands of White Bay. And try some newer spots like Corsairs. (https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/03/5-places-to-visit-in-the-british-virgin-islands-right-now/5/)
- Guana Island: The BVI’s historic private-island getaway officially welcomed its first guests back this week, making this green island paradise the destination’s signature place to stay right now. And if you make the trip, you’ll be rewarded — from your own private beach bar to charming hillside cottages with some of the best views in the archipelago. (https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/03/5-places-to-visit-in-the-british-virgin-islands-right-now/5/)