If sailing the finest sailing waters in the world interests you, then the
perfect destination is the British Virgin Islands. Here you can sail
yourselves or hire a boat with a crew. The best way to explore these islands
is by boat, but several of islands do provide excellent accommodations,
beautiful waters, and amazing beaches. The British Virgin Islands are made up
from 50 or so mountainous islands, rocks, and cays between the Caribbean Sea
and the Atlantic Ocean. The most popular islands to visit are Tortola and
The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands, are all year-round. The average temperature is 85 degrees in the day time and 70 degrees at night.
First settled by the Dutch in 1648, the islands were annexed in 1672 by the English. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.
The British Virgin Islands, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is highly dependent on tourism, generating an estimated 45% of the national income. An estimated 350,000 tourists, mainly from the US, visited the islands in 1998. Tourism suffered in 2002 because of the lackluster US economy. In the mid-1980s, the government began offering offshore registration to companies wishing to incorporate in the islands, and incorporation fees now generate substantial revenues.
Roughly 400,000 companies were on the offshore registry by yearend 2000. The adoption of a comprehensive insurance law in late 1994, which provides a blanket of confidentiality with regulated statutory gateways for investigation of criminal offenses, is expected to make the British Virgin Islands even more attractive to international business. Because of traditionally close links with the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands has used the dollar as its currency since 1959.