Both Great Camanoe and Little Camanoe, located near Beef Island are primarily residential. These islands offer wonderful snorkeling and diving opportunities in the Cam & Lee Bay. Both Great Camanoe and Little Camanoe islands can only be accessed via boat.
The primary airport in the British Virgin Islands, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS) is located on Beef Island. Connection to Tortola is via a newly constructed bridge. Beef Island is also known as Elisabeth Island henceforth the airport code being EIS. Beef Island offers ferry services from Trellis Bay to Marina Cay and Virgin Gorda.
Anegada is the northernmost island and second largest of the British Virgin Islands. The island, formed of coral and limestone, is unique from all others in this respect. Approximately 200 residents live the island, primarily in the main town known as The Settlement. Commercial fishing and tourism are the primary economic drivers on the island. Anegada can be reached by air from San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Antigua. The island is home to 18-mile long Horseshoe Reef, the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest in the world.
The island of Jost van Dyke is named after a Dutch pirate and famous for the laid-back atmosphere. Jost Van Dyke features beautiful beaches and wonderful entertainment offered by a local celebrity known as Foxy. Modern technology such as electricity and phones were only recently introduced in the last decade. Jost Van Dyke is accessible via ferries running from West End, Tortola or by private boat. Little Josh Van Dyke nearby, is now uninhabited. Little Jost Van Dyke was the birthplace of Dr. John Lettsome, the founder of the London Medical Society.
Virgin Gorda is the third largest island with the second largest population in the British Virgin Islands. Spanish Town, the primary town on the island is located on the southwestern part of the island. The Baths, a unique geological formation located on the southern tip is a fascinating result of volcanic activity. These granite boulders form unique caverns and are a large tourist attraction. Access to Virgin Gorda is primarily via ferry service from Tortola or and St. Thomas.
Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands has approximately 29,000 residents. Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is located on Tortola. The island, 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, is home to many beautiful beaches including Smuggler's Cove, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Brewer's Bay, Josiah's Bay, and Lambert beach. Visitors have four national parks and seven museums to visit and learn more about the island’s history.
The British Virgin Islands, an overseas territory of the UK is comprised of 16 inhabited islands including Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. The capital, Road Town is located on the island of Tortola and the total population for all islands is roughly 31,000. English is the primary language and the U.S. dollar has been the recognized currency since 1959. The Economy of the BVI is tied closely to that of the United States Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico. The economy is one of the most stable in the Caribbean and relies heavily on U.S. tourism. The government began offering offshore registration in the 1980’s to companies seeking to incorporate in the islands. Incorporation fees now generate substantial revenues. Roughly 400,000 companies were on the offshore registry at the end of 2000. The comprehensive insurance law, created in 1994, provides a blanket of confidentiality and regulated statutory gateways for criminal investigations. As a result, the British Virgin Islands have become even more attractive to international business.
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