Though still recovering from the onslaught of the September 2017 hurricanes, the British Virgins Islands continues to receive top ratings in the tourism industry.
The Caribbean Journal recently rated Anegada among the top 18 best islands to visit in the region. Now, the US News & World Report has named the British Virgin Islands as the number-one best place to vacation in the Caribbean.
The publication said the BVI was named the best based on “user votes and expert insights, plus factors like accessibility to beaches, tourist attractions, and comfortable accommodations”.
In a short feature on the territory, the US News & World Report highlighted the territory’s sailing industry and the class of its resorts and villas.
“The BVI are some of the most exclusive and least developed islands of the Caribbean, but this only adds to their appeal.”
And while painting a picture of local tourism on the four main islands, the publication said: “On Tortola, you’ll find mountainous cliffs and chalk white beaches, characterized by changing tides and calm easterly winds.”
“A brief sail away, sleepy Jost Van Dyke offers delicious Caribbean food and drink, one of the region’s best New Year’s Eve parties, as well as a few outdoor excursions like diving and fishing.”
“On Virgin Gorda, you’ll find The Baths, perhaps the most picturesque shore in the British Virgin Islands, and with good reason: It offers unique grottoes amidst gigantic granite boulders (just be mindful of the day-tripping crowds). For supreme seclusion, try Anegada; its slow pace, flat terrain and sparkling sand lies almost overlooked in the Caribbean Sea.”
The BVI ranked above St Lucia, which is dubbed the second-best tourism destination in the Caribbean.
The neighbouring US Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands were ranked third and fourth, respectively.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Barts, Anguilla, Curacao, Cayman Islands, and Antigua follow, in that order.
The tourism industry is the BVI’s second largest revenue-earner, and it is still trying to return to its pre-hurricane glory.
Local authorities predict it will be years before the local tourism sector is fully restored. But, while the territory advances towards restoration, two major cruise lines have witnessed the BVI’s progress and have announced their plans to resume calls to the territory in August and October, respectively.
Those cruise lines are Disney and Norwegian cruises.
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