Charter Yacht Vacations in The British Virgin Islands
BVI Culture and History
One of the best kept secrets of the BVI’s is the people. Their roots are in Africa but the culture is strongly Caribbean. Many of the families have been in the BVI’s for generations but there are also many people from other islands. August festival is a time where the Islands celebrate their emancipation from slavery in 1834. "Tortola Sloops" dating back to the early 1900's participate in regattas, the most popular during festival week. The Islanders love music from Fungi to Calypso, Reggae and Salsa.
The British Virgin Islands have a rich history from the Amerindians, the first people to inhabit the islands, to Columbus "discovery" of the islands on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. He named Virgin Gorda-"the fat virgin" and the group of islands and cays after the legendary St Ursula & her 11000 virgins. The Pirates discovered the islands in the 17th & 18th centuries. Famous pirates such as Black Beard, Norman & Jost Van Dyke sailed these islands. Several of the Islands such as Norman, Jost Van Dyke, and Great & Little Thatch are named after these legendary adventurers. The first true settlers were Dutch and the island group today is under British control.
The BVI's consist of over 60 islands, islets & cays. They lie at the Northwestern extreme of the Leewards & Lesser Antilles. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin, while Anegada is comprised of a coral and limestone atoll. The islands are balmy, semi-tropical islands with the benefit of the trade winds that keep humidity low and Caribbean currents that keep the waters warm. Average temperature is 77-85 degrees throughout the year dropping around 10 degrees at night. The wettest months are from September – December which averages only about 5 days of rain each. February – April are the driest months. Much of the land has been left in its natural state – an unspoiled Caribbean paradise.