British Virgin Islands

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British Virgin Islands Overview

The British Virgin Islands are collection of 40 islands with gorgeous white sand beaches with a rustic appeal. A crystal clear ocean and soft trade winds make BVI one of the premier water sports locations in the world.

Quick Facts:
Population:approx 28,000
Capital:Road Town
Currency:US Dollar
Income tax:8%
Time Zone:GMT-4

Location

The British Virgin Islands are located approximately 60 miles east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean and a two-hour flight to Miami Florida. Of the chain of 40 islands only a small number of islands are inhabited. The centre of business activity is Tortola.

Climate

The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. In the capital, Road Town, a typical daily maximum are around 32 °C (89.6 °F) in the summer and 29 °C (84.2 °F) in the winter. Rainfall averages about 1,150 mm (45.3 in) per year, higher in the hills and lower on the coast. Rainfall can be quite variable, but the wettest months on average are September to November and the driest months on average are February and March. Hurricanes occasionally hit the islands, with the hurricane season running from June to November.

Culture & Lifestyle

The British Virgin Island’s are one of the world’s most unspoiled offshore locations, with incomparable sailing waters, horseback riding, mountain trails, and outstanding diving on gorgeous coral reefs. There is an exuberant ex-pat social scene and a good variety of bars and restaurants.

Black Beard

The famous Pirate Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach) made his home here in the BVI for three years between 1715 and 1718.

Accommodation & Getting Around

Most employers will arrange temporary accommodation for anything up to your first month in BVI. Accommodation is of good quality and is cheaper than Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Single family property$3500/month
3 bed apartment$3000/month
2 bed apartment$2000/month
1 bed apartment$1500/month

There are no buses in BVI. Taxis are available but are most commonly used by tourists. The majority of professionals commute to work by car. New and used cars are available for sale and used models are generally available from $4000 and up.

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