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The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. It is located northeast of the US Virgin Islands and it is a very popular destination for sailors, fishermen, or other travelers. The place may be a bit expensive, but it has plenty to offer. The British Virgin Islands have about 60 islands, although 43 of them are not inhabited by anyone, so the name kind of fits the situation, don’t you think?

Before you start planning your trip to the British Virgin Islands, you should know a few things. First of all, you may require a visa to travel there. What you need to be looking at is the visa policy of the British Overseas Territories. You will see that it is pretty lenient, and most nationalities can get a visa stamp on arrival. The period of time you can stay inside the British Virgin Islands depends on your nationality, ranging from 30 days to 6 months.

If you cannot find your country of origin on the list of visa-exempt countries, then you need a visa - it should not be very hard. Just find the nearest British diplomatic mission and submit your application there. However, we recommend that even if you find a ton of information online, you should still give the place a call and inquire about the visa requirements. We all know all too well that the internet is not the most reliable source of information.

Leaving documentation aside, let’s move on to more interesting things, shall we?

You do not have to worry about communication in the British Virgin Islands since the official language is English. You will hear both American and British accents. Since the former colony was used almost exclusively for extracting slave labor and commodities, there is not much 'British' in the British Virgin Islands. Almost all goods are imported from the US Virgin Islands, where most people speak in an American accent. The only thing that is British there (other than remaining under its international thumb) is the fact that you must drive your car on the left. But what is even more surprising is that the same driving rule applies in the US Virgin Islands. Go figure!

Getting to the British Virgin Islands is easy. There are several flights available, so you do not lack choices. You will most likely land at the St. Thomas Airport or San Juan. Either way, there are enough flights. You can also get there by cruise ship. Many of them dock on the island of Tortola. A trip by boat is also possible, even more than by cruise ship. While many cruise ships make a stop in the British Virgin Islands, small vessels are far more common. People come from all around the world on their personal boats.

Keeping yourself occupied in the British Virgin Islands is easy. There are a lot of fun things to do. Whether you want to lay on the beach all day and sip a cocktail, go fishing, swimming, or snorkeling, you have options.

If you like to be alone, you have 43 islands in the British Virgin Islands that have no permanent residents. You may not be the only one on the island you decide to visit - there are a lot of people who like to avoid the crowds - but at least you do not have to face the mob of people all over the place. The experience on a lonely island can be unforgettable. They do not call them the Virgin Islands for nothing. The small tropical paradise untouched by the hand of man is stunning.

All in all, the British Virgin Islands are more than worthy of your attention. The perfect beaches and the over-the-top luxury resorts make this location ideal for any vacation. You can relax, have fun, explore the many islands, and try something new. Boredom is not an option on the British Virgin Islands.

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