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Take a solo or group tour to the beautiful British Virgin Islands located just west of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Travel on a small ship cruise that allows access to smaller coves, reefs, and ports. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters or take a walk through the white sanded beaches as your cruise tours take you through the blissful islands. Read your favorite book on a picture perfect deserted island or take a hike to the top of the volcanic mountain, Mt. Sage, and enjoy the gorgeous view of the British Virgin Islands while you hike through the tropical forests. Additionally, you could combine your trip to the British Virgin Islands with any number of other cruises: you could visit other prominent Caribbean cruise ports, Puerto Rico, or even Spain!  Contact our travel experts to start planning your personalized trip today!
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Relaxed Festive Days Under Palms$1018517Dec 20, 2022Cruising the perfect dream of tall ships: Encounter volcanic islands, laid-back sailors' haunts, and colorful underwater worlds. Join the luxurious …
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Enjoy Caribbean Rhythms at the Turn of the Year$819516Dec 21, 2024Explore the best of the Caribbean on this cruise aboard the Sea Cloud. From the Dutch Colonial port town of Philipsburg, sail to the British Virgin …
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Front Row Seat at the Famous Bucket Regatta$749511Mar 17, 2023Delight yourself with deep volcanic lakes, dense rainforests, waterfalls, and small river courses that form the primordial backdrop of the island’s …
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Windjammer Rendezvous in the Lesser Antilles$678511Mar 27, 2023On this 11-day voyage aboard Sea Cloud, windjammers can enjoy the Caribbean's lush green landscapes, stunning beaches, a relaxed sailor lifestyle, …
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The Sunny Side of the Lesser Antilles$525510Dec 12, 2022Admire the Caribbean's colorful scenery, pleasant people, deep volcanic lakes, lush jungles, waterfalls, and spice plantations, during this …
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Treasure Islands$15608Dec 3, 2022Don't miss the opportunity to relax on one of the beaches and enjoy the tropical sun's warmth. Soak up the sun in one of the world's most gorgeous …
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Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean$843013Dec 23, 2022Spend an unforgettable festive season celebrating Christmas and New Year's in the Caribbean aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville. Cruise from Fort-de-France to …
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San Juan to Bridgetown - Door to Door$490010Jan 30, 2023Discover the Caribbean's most gorgeous and spectacular beaches on this 10-day cruise from San Juan to Bridgetown. From the blue waters of San Juan to …
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Superyachts Meet at the Bucket Regatta$808513Mar 10, 2023Join the Sea Cloud on this fantastic 13-day cruise exploring Caribbean hot spots. Visit the colorful small cities and the exceptional beaches this …
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The Essential of the Caribbean$608013Dec 3, 2022Join this 13-day cruise to the heart of the West Indies aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville. Discover the Caribbean islands of Martinique, St. Kitts, …
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Sea Cloud64$5255With occupancy for just 64 guests, the Sea Cloud is a modern and elegant windjammer outfitted with modern amenities and uniquely decorated cabins. …
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Sea Cloud II94$4495The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II …
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Le Dumont-d'Urville184$6080Discover a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel aboard this glamorous limited-capacity yacht with …
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Star Flyer170$1560The Star Flyer is a stylish vessel designed to accommodate 170 passengers in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. This true clipper ship reflects …
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Silver Dawn596$4900Introducing the new luxury ship from Silversea, Silver Dawn, a combination of both the classic and modern evolution of their fleet that has the best …
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British Virgin Islands Travel Guide

Best Time to Visit the British Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is between March and early August. This is because temperatures are extremely comfortable and there's a heavy dip in tourism during this time, usually resulting in less expensive air fare, better hotel deals, and better deals on activities. Do be aware that hurricane season does begin in June, so it's possible that could put a damper on your trip but it's unlikely as hurricane season lasts until November and generally the rains peak between late August and November.

Another good time to visit the British Virgin Islands is between December and February. This is because it's winter in many parts of the world but it's still sunny and warm in the Virgin Islands. With this season there's extremely high tourist traffic and the hotel and activity prices generally go up quite a bit.

Between September and November is an okay time to visit the islands with cheaper prices and warm temperatures, but be aware that it rains quite often during this season and this is the peak of the hurricane season.
Best British Virgin Islands Small Ship Cruise Lines for 2023-2024
  • Silversea Cruises - has enhanced its all-inclusive service by adding door-to-door transports from home to ship. In addition to daily complimentary shore excursions, you will have access to 24-hour gourmet cuisine and butler service, as well as award-winning entertainment onboard Silver Wind. Go "flightseeing" and get an incredible view of Roadtown, Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands. 
  • Ponant - France's sole cruise line, sails to exceptional destinations like the British Virgin Islands, located between the Lesser and Greater Antilles. The explorer ships Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d'Urville transports you to the region's stunning white-sand beaches in all-inclusive luxury.
  • Star Clippers Americas - a modern cruise line that reimagines the golden age of tall sailing boats. Star Flyer drops you off on BVI beaches like Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda, among the world's most beautiful, and better yet, are endlessly varied.
  • Sea Cloud Cruises - has always retained the real value of windjammers, where sails are still set by hand. Seeing the sailors climb the rigging, unfasten the thick fabric, and fiercely tighten the deck lines on the ship is always a spectacular scene. Sail the BVI aboard Sea Cloud, the most beautiful windjammer legend of all times and, for many, the true center of a journey for a maximum of 64 passengers.


 

British Virgin Island FAQ

What's the official language of the British Virgin Islands?
English, sometimes with a creole twist.

Which Virgin Islands are British?
Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke along with some 50 smaller, less-memorable islands. 

Are the British Virgin Islands safe to visit?
The British Virgin Islands are generally safe to visit, there's very little crime. Just be wearier in the bigger cities as that's where a majority of the crime happens.

Are the British Virgin Islands part of the Lesser Antillies?
Yes.

If you're a UK citizen, do you need a passport to go to the British Virgin Islands?
Yes, you do need a passport and a visa regardless of where you're coming from. 

What is the drinking age on the British Virgin Islands?
18 is the legal drinking age but if you're under 21 you cannot legally transport alcohol outside of the British Virgin Islands.

Can I use my cellphone on the British Virgin Islands?
You will need to buy a SIM card (usually found at the airport) unless you want to be charged for data roaming.

Is the tap water safe?
Yes, many foreigners drink the tap water without any harmful effects.

What currency do the British Virgin Islands use?
The U.S. dollar.

Are there ATMs on the British Virgin Islands?
On every major island there won't be any shortage of ATMs.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes! It's important to be prepared for the worst - just in case. One small investment can save you thousands of dollars. Additionally, if you're traveling during hurricane season it's even more highly recommended that you buy travel insurance as hurricanes can sometimes force your plane ride to be canceled. Adventure Life's once you're booked page has more details on this, including some deals with our partner companies.

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