Caribbean

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

The 56 islands, rocks and cays of the British Virgin Islands, only 16 of which are inhabited, make up the larger part of an archipelago forming the northern extremity of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. They are situated approximately 100km (62 miles) east of Puerto Rico, adjoining the US Virgin Islands.

The islands are volcanic in origin, with the exception of Anegada, which is formed of coral and limestone and is the lowest lying. The topography is otherwise mountainous, the highest point being Tortola's Sage Mountain, which rises to 550m (1800ft). There are remnants of a primeval rainforest on Tortola.

Road Town is the capital of Tortola and where most of the 17,000 residents of the BVI live. With the exception of Anegada, the islands are mountainous; Sage Mountain reaches a height of 1,780 feet. This is the highest point on Tortola. At the upper elevations, traces of a primeval rain forest can still be seen. The second highest point is found at Sky World. Visitors are afforded breathtaking views of Tortola and surrounding islands.

Second in size to Tortola lies the island of Virgin Gorda. Its northernside is mountainous, with a peak reaching 1,370 feet (418m), and the southernhalf is flat with large boulders appearing at every turn. The largest townis called The Valley; Spanish Town and the major road connects The Valleyto the picturesque North Sound. Formerly the colony's administrative center,Virgin Gorda is now noted not just for its unique beauty, but for one ofthe BVI's most famous landmarks - The Baths. Thousands of years ago, huge granite boulders were strewn around by volcanic activity and now form smallpicturesque grottos and pools on the beach's edge, tempting visitors tospend hours exploring and snorkeling.

Anegada is a coral atoll known for its miles of beautiful white sandbeaches. It is surrounded by massive bordering reefs that have claimed over 300 ships since the age of exploration and has now become a diver's paradise.

Situated at the South Western end of the British Virgin Islands and approximately 7 miles from Road Town, Tortola, lies the uninhabited Norman Island. Ostensibly the setting for Robert Louis Sevenson's classic novel ""Treasure Island"", Norman Island has given up three separate treasures since 1750, each varyingsubstantially in size.

Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos are British overseas territories comprising the British West Indies.

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