OF THE BVI
The British Virgin
Islands are blessed with
an outstanding natural and marine environment. Gazing is
one of the listed causes of auto accidents ashore and the
marine environment is equally spectacular. The BVI
consist of over 50 islands with an astounding variety of
places from the expansive North
Sound to the cozy Caves,
from the classic beach at Long Bay to semi rainforest at Sage Mountain National Park, from
the tropical gardens of little Marina Cay to
the pristine coral island of nine-mile-long Anegada and its even
Sharing a Caribbean biome
from Puerto Rico to Venezuela and even up to the Bahamas
and southern Florida, most lifeforms are common
throughout this zone, such as the trademark Coconut Palm.
The fact that the coconut was brought from the Western
Pacific by Portuguese explorers illustrates the tropical
latitudes as a common growing "belt" around the
Since temperatures and
daylight are generally uniform throughout the year, life
cycles are dictated by rainfall. The dry season runs from
January through May when many plants lose their leaves
and the hills turn earthy shades of brown.
Yet it is during the dry
season, favorable to pollination, that most flowering
plants blossom, with the resulting riot of color in
tropical flower gardens. And at the beginning of the
rainy season, as seeds germinate, the hills burst into a
verdant green overnight.
To Underwater Paradise
To Sea and Shore
Ashore in the Islands
Equally of sea, shore and
land, The Baths are representative of the BVI in their
complexity, offering the best of many worlds. A
great snorkeling site, an
anchorage where boaters dingy ashore in the surf, a
beautiful beach for lounging and beachcombing, an
interesting hiking area to nearby secluded beaches, and a
location of beautiful villas,
beachfront rooms and housekeeping
cottages on stilts--The Baths are varied and
interesting place. The Baths are part of the National
Parks Trust system of natural and marine parks.
To Mount Sage National Park
National Park. Near Brewer's Bay on
Tortola's Ocean Coast, Mt. Healthy has a well preserved
example of an 18th century sugar mill--this one powered
by a windmill.
Botanic Garden rich in both horticulture and
history, features specialty gardens, including palms,
orchids, and a miniature tropical rain forest as well as
tropical birds and the indigenous and rare red-legged
tortoise (located a quarter mile from the Main Street Stores
in Road Town)(above picture from Dan Burch).
Yourself in the Botanic Gardens.
The BVI National
Parks Trust preserves the natural and marine
Read the fascinating story about The
Return of the Flamingos to Anegada.
To Underwater Paradise