The British Virgin Islands for families
Book an exotic family holiday in the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is a wonderful choice for a family holiday, with this archipelago offering plenty for parents and children alike. There are beautiful beaches and excellent hotels where mum and dad can unwind, while kids will be captivated by the exotic wildlife and unusual landscapes.
As well as the obvious coastal attractions, there are some interesting cultural and historical sites too, allowing you to enjoy a well-rounded getaway. Among the places you may want to take your youngsters to are the BVI Folk Museum on Tortola and the ruins of a Spanish fort dating from the 1700s which is known as the Dungeon.
On Virgin Gorda, a visit to the Copper Mine National Park is a brilliant way to mix learning with fun and combine a bit of history with nature. This protected area is home to the remains of an old copper mine that was constructed and worked by Cornish miners in the mid-19th century.
Along with the remains of mining buildings, there is plenty of wildlife to look out for, including the spectacular white-tailed tropicbirds that nest along the cliffs. These birds catch food by diving into the sea and are quite stunning to watch in action.
The best way to spend a holiday in the British Virgin Islands with your family is to hit the beach - and there are certainly many to choose from. On Tortola, the most popular stretch of sand is Cane Garden Bay, where the sea laps gently at the shore and there's plenty of space for everyone to make the most of the stunning surroundings. Brandywine beach is another favourite among families thanks to the shallow, calm waters here that make it a great place for little ones to splash around.
On Virgin Gorda, you need to spend at least one day discovering The Baths - an amazing series of grottos and caverns created by the huge granite boulders that dot the shoreline. There are shallow pools and channels you can swim in, making this a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
Head just a short distance along the coast and you'll find a couple of other beaches that are worth exploring with the kids, namely Devils Bay and Spring Bay, both of which are charming and often a little quieter than their more famous neighbour.
Top activities for parents and kids
The British Virgin Islands, like many of the other Caribbean nations, offers a wide range of active pursuits that you and your children can get stuck into during a holiday here. Water sports are, naturally, among the most popular and there are plenty for adventurous families to choose from.
Snorkelling is a brilliant way to introduce the kids to the wonders of the underwater world, while teenagers may be keen to take the plunge and have a go at scuba diving. There are several spots where you can surf, too, including Apple Bay on Tortola, while windsurfing is an option at Cane Garden Bay.
For something a little more sedate, you can hire kayaks and explore some of the stunning coastline at your leisure. This is a wonderful option if you'd like to seek out hidden coves to discover as a family.
Away from the beaches, there are several incredible national parks where you can go hiking if you feel energetic enough. Sage Mountain National Park on Tortola is stunning and covered by forest, while Gorda Peak National Park on Virgin Gorda is home to a striking observation tower from where you can see for miles.
BVI hotels for families
There are numerous hotels in the British Virgin Islands that cater for families, boasting excellent facilities and often kids' clubs to ensure mum and dad are able to enjoy some downtime as well. The family-friendly resorts here typically have multiple swimming pools, as well as several restaurants serving a variety of cuisines to ensure youngsters are kept happy.
Depending on the hotel you choose to stay in, you may also have access to facilities like tennis courts and a water sports centre, ensuring you have everything you could possibly need for a wonderful family holiday right on your doorstep.
One of the best and most highly acclaimed family resorts in the British Virgin Islands is Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. With their fantastic Children's Centre and their dedicated Rose Buds programme for little ones including a varied array of activities and exciting games, menus and special events, families are made to feel special when staying at this outstanding retreat.
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The tourism sector in the British Virgin Islands is continuing to grow, and in 2016 it experienced a significant increase in overnight visitors. Figures released by the government revealed that more than 406,000 visitors stayed overnight in hotels, apartments, and B&Bs by the end of the year. This is the first time that the Caribbean nation has recorded more than 400,000 visitors overnight.
The north-eastern Caribbean's British Virgin Islands (BVI) is hosting its very first month-long celebration of island food this November. The BVI Food Fete's highlights will include the Anegada Lobster Festival, Restaurant Week and a range of street barbecues and parties showcasing local cuisine.
The Great House on Richard Branson's private Necker Island will be opening its doors once again to holidaymakers wanting to experience a truly luxurious Caribbean holiday, after it was badly damaged by a fire in 2011. The nine-bedroom property has been renovated over the past two years and it is scheduled to open again in September, 2013.