- by travelpulse
- 30 Nov 2022
The Virgin Islands got their name from Christopher Columbus, who was the first to discover these islands and referred to them as "St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins." It was later shortened to its current name.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) archipelago has long been considered one of the world's most beautiful groupings of islands and cays.
Today, the BVI is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, with approximately 30,000 inhabitants. As a tourist, you will find a warm welcome, unparalleled beauty, and endless adventure.
Because of the BVI's millennia of antiquity, this region is rich in history, from the sea to the shores to the mountain peaks. Pirates, the dawn of world trade, and early inhabitants are remembered in the forts, mines, museums, churches, cemeteries, and plantations that dot the islands. There are several opportunities to delve into the past from coast to coast throughout the islands.
Visit the sites of the ancestors to gain a unique perspective of this Caribbean paradise.
Tortola is the largest island in the archipelago and is the most likely starting place for your visit to the British Virgin Islands. Here, ancient ruins of medieval settlements mingle with luxury beachfront resorts and new communities.
Tortola has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, offering romantic walks and dips in the shade of gently swaying palm trees.