British Virgin IslandsUnlocking the mystery of the islands that time forgot about

An interesting fact file on the British Virgin Islands. Read on!

* Although the British Virgin Islands are legally in the possession of the United Kingdom, the official currency is the US Dollar.

* The British Virgin Islands contains no high-rise, no casinos and no fast food chains. The island has more yacht berths than hotel rooms. 

* The British Virgin Islands received their first traffic lights in Tortola in 2001. The government held a seminar to instruct BVI citizens on proper use of the lights.

* The median age of a BVIslander is 30 years.

* “Road,” (as in Road Town the BVI capital), is the nautical name for a protected and safe place to drop anchor.

* The British Virgin Islands was the inspiration for several musicians, including Jimmy Buffet and his famed “Cheeseburger in Paradise” written with Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay in mind and Kenny Chesney’s sunny music video “No Shoes, No Shirts, No Problems,” actually filmed at Ivan’s Stress Free Bar on Jost Van Dyke.

* Celebrities from Morgan Freeman and Giorgio Armani to Heidi Klum and Elizabeth Hurley flock to the British Virgin Islands year-round for extravagant, luxury-laden vacations. n The architect of the US Capitol Building, William Thornton, was born on the island of Jost Van Dyke in 1759. Richard Branson owns an entire island, the beautiful Necker and Mosquito.

* Painkillers are the favourite local concoction combining rum, pineapple and orange juices, and cream of coconut. The drink originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke but was made famous by Pusser’s Rum.

* Islands like Dead Man’s Chest, Thatch and Bellamy received their name from their pillaging past. Dead Chest Island reputedly got its name when the notorious Blackbeard, after a mutiny, put 15 men ashore on this island with only a bottle of rum. The song: “15 men on a dead man’s chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”.

* The destination contains 60 stunning islands, cays and islets, with lush mountaintops, technicolour tides and the most diverse marine life in the Caribbean. Known as the ‘Sailing Capital of the World’ the island boast of fair weather and constant winds year round where most islands are reached by the line of sight navigation and contained within an 80 nautical kilometre radius. 

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