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British Virgin Islands Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

153 sq km (59 sq miles).

Population

31,912 (2013).

Population density

208.6 per sq km.

Capital

Road Town, Tortola.

Government

British Overseas Territory.

Head of state

HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor Boyd McCleary since 2010. John Duncan will take over from July 2014.

Head of government

Premier Orlando Smith since 2011.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. American two-pin plugs are used.

Sloping hills of green, lush mountainous terrain, extensive coral reefs and famous shipwrecks sum up the thrills and spills of the British Virgin Islands. With myriad nautical pursuits on offer, the 50 idyllic islands are a slice of paradise, though for travellers who prefer to watch the sea rather than get into it, there is the breathtaking chance of spotting dolphins and whales criss-crossing the surface.

Norman Island, was supposedly the location that Robert Louis Stevenson based Treasure Island on. Today's visitors might not stumble across swashbuckling pirates or half-concealed treasure troves, but they will find a highly prized booty of soft sand and gentle, teal waters.

Paradise does come at a cost. Overall, the British Virgin Islands are quite an expensive destination. But, for some, this is the necessary price of saving a Caribbean gem from over-commercialisation. If this is the intention, the British Virgin Islands are, for now, a resounding success.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 31 August 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The hurricane season in British Virgin Islands normally runs from June to November.

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British diplomatic representation in the BVI and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance.

Most visits to BVI are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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