With excellent trade winds and a wonderfully laid back culture, it’s no surprise the BVIs are one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. Tortola and Virgin Gorda are the main islands, with the rest set in a formation that create the Sir Francis Drake Channel, sheltered from the Atlantic swell. With plenty to see, the area is perfect for introducing non-sailing crew members to a cruising holiday. Highlights include; the boulders and sea baths at Virgin Gorda, beautiful soft sand beaches, fantastic diving with an endless choice of coral reefs, famous shipwrecks and plentiful sealife, not to mention a bounty of beach bars for sundowners. There is a strong American influence, more apparent than the rest of the Caribbean, not only do they use the US dollar as their currency, but you notice the North American influence most in their restaurants and by the size of the cocktails! It is worth noting that there are no direct flights to Tortola so you will need to come via Antigua, St Maarten or the US.