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Brithish Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The territory comprises of 56 islands, rocks and cays (16 of which are inhabited), including the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. The largest island, Tortola, is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The islands make up the larger part of the Virgin Islands archipelago (the remainder constituting the US Virgin Islands), which form the northern extremity of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.

The islands are volcanic in origin, with the exception of Anegada, which is formed of coral and limestone and is the lowest lying. In general the atmosphere is quiet and uncommercialised, with miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches. The islands are situated in one of the finest sailing areas in the world.

Tortola is linked by a bridge to Beef Island, site of the international airport. Road Town, on the south coast, is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. It has a colourful market and delightful West Indian-style houses. Many of the best beaches are on the northern part of the island, with names such as Smugglers' Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay and Brewer's Bay. Local island specialities include conch stew, shark and other fish delicacies.

Map of British Virgin Islands