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Things to Know Before Your BVI Vacay

April 22, 2022 0 Comments

First of all, you should know that BVI stands for the British Virgin Islands. This ultra-dreamy archipelago in the Caribbean is a premier destination for sailing, beach-hopping and MORE! From one seasoned True Beach Lover to another, we’re giving you some tried and true tips so you can plan an easy-breezy BVI vacay!

Bring Your Dollars

Although the BVI is closely connected to the United Kingdom, the islands adopted the U.S. Dollar as their official currency. Why? Well, due to their close proximity to the U.S. Virgin Islands, it just makes things easier! So, don’t go digging for leftover pounds from your semester abroad in London¬–your dollar bills will do.

The Kentucky Derby of the Caribbean

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But instead of horses and jockeys, it’s beautiful boats and mega yachts racing around the BVI. The BVI’s Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival is a week-long event of competition and island fun! The islands take on a carnival-like atmosphere with tons of food, drinks, dancing and games, so plan your vacay towards the end of March or early April for a chance to see this awesome annual event.

The Original Painkiller

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The Soggy Dollar is an absolute must-visit beach bar when in the BVI, mainly for its world-famous and original Painkiller! This rum cocktail combines coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice and a splash of grenadine, but unless you live on the island of Jost Van Dyke (which only 220 people do), you’ll have to swim to the infamous beach bar. There’s a clothesline where you can hang your clothes and dollar bills to dry as you sip all your worries away. The name is making sense now, isn’t it?

Not Your Average Bath

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We’re not talking about any classic porcelain tub. The Baths in Virgin Gorda are a natural wonder of towering granite boulders and shallow blue waters. It’s kind of like a maze! We do recommend bringing some water shoes as the boulders can be slippery. Once you find your way through the Baths, you’ll stumble upon the glorious sands of Devil’s Bay where you can snorkel and sunbathe. It’s the perfect semi-adventurous, totally-Instagrammable adventure!

Now that you have a few ideas of what to expect in the BVI, you can start searching for the perfect beach resort. Take a look at our killer deals and start planning your vacay today!

Kennedy Stadler