The British Virgin Islands are made up of approximately 60 islands, rocks and cays although only about a third of them are inhabited and the main islands for tourist are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. Most of the islands are only accessible by boat so good sea legs are required, hence the attraction for sailors.
The Us Virgin islands are part of the Lesser Antilles group and are located in the Caribbean and Atlantic seas. There are three main islands for tourist, which are St Thomas, St John and St Croix. St Croix being the larger of the islands with its pastel shops, charming shops and powdery sandy beaches as well as rolling green hills. St John is the smallest of the three islands and offers two thirds of the land to a US National Park. St Thomas offers a more cosmopolitan feel with sophisticated dining and excellent duty free shopping.
How to get to The Virgin Islands from the UK
There are direct flights from London to the British virgin islands, however there are no direct flights to The US Virgin islands, but there are several American airlines fly into US Virgin Islands from New York, Baltimore, Miami and Boston to name just a few.
Top things to do in the British Virgin Islands
Bare Boat Sailing – Rent a boat and sail round the islands and explore the many coves
Diving – Dive the Rhone one of the most famous dive sites which is the wreck of the RMS Rhone.
Snorkel – snorkel at the baths on Virgin Gorda where huge granite boulders are strewn across the beach and at high tide converts into baths with hidden pools.
Surfing – Year long trade winds make for great windsurfing and kite boarding.
Party – Full moon party is one of the highlights at Apple Bay on Tortola with dancing late into the night.
Caribbean Honeymoons in the Virgin Islands
Which ever island you choose you will find the Virgin Islands a perfect destination for a honeymoon. White sandy beaches, clear seas, a choice of luxury hotels and fine dining. Let go easy travel help you plan the perfect holiday package for you and your family and friends Holiday Planner
Caribbean Family Holidays in the Virgin Islands
Charter a sailing boat with a skipper and get out on the seas and enjoy a family holiday experiencing different islands and coves each day.
Getting Married in The Virgin Islands
Weddings in the British Virgin Islands are possible with an application for a special license for a civil marriage required. This takes 3 working days and can be applied for on the day of arrival to the island at a cost of 110USD. The charge for the license is only 50USD if resident for 15 days or more. If you require a church wedding your banns will have to be displayed for 3 consecutive weeks and require a minimum of 1 days residency.
Weddings in the US Virgin Islands require a special license, which can be obtained from the Territorial court of the US Virgin Islands in st Thomas or St Croix. You will require
a minimum residency of 8 days from the receipt of the application (unless the documentation is completed before arrival) Application fees: USD25, special license USD25 and Judge USD200.
Legal documents required –
If divorced original Absolute,
If adopted, Adoption certificate,
if widowed, death certificate,
if under 18 years of age written parental consent, change of name, Deed poll certificate
two witnesses for the day of the wedding.
Goeasy travel can assist in planning your wedding in Tobago and forwarding all the relevant documents. Speak to one of our Overseas wedding planners to help plan you beach wedding Wedding Abroad
For more information browse the official website for the US Virgin Islands Tourist Board or for the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
Country Virgin Islands
Languages spoken English
Currency US Dollar
Visa requirements None for UK passport holders. Six months validity of passport required.