- British Virgin Islands Family holidays
Take a break with the kids in the British Virgin Islands - a home from home for UK holidaymakers some 4,000 miles away in the beautiful Caribbean. The local currency is the US dollar, but apart from that the islands are as British as you'd expect a UK overseas territory to be. Their official language is English, making communication easy during family holidays on the British Virgin Islands, and the anthem is God Save The Queen too. Virgin Islanders are entitled to full UK citizenship, so despite the distance, this really is a far-flung corner of Great Britain in many senses.
British by name
Although you will generally hear of the archipelago being referred to as the British Virgin Islands, be wary of using the 'British' part of that name during family holidays on the Virgin Islands. Officially and constitutionally, they are called the Virgin Islands, while the neighbouring US-owned group has only been known as the US Virgin Islands for the past century, before which they were the Danish West Indies. There are also the nearby Spanish Virgin Islands, and all three groups are part of the Virgin Islands archipelago together - another reason why the unofficial 'British' tag is added to distinguish the UK-owned territory.
The boulder beach of BVI
A slightly unusual attraction that the kids are likely to love is The Baths on the island of Virgin Gorda. This unique natural geological phenomenon consists of huge boulders strewn across the beach. Their smooth granite surfaces create natural caves and tunnels, grottoes and sheltered pools filled with tidal seawater. Hugely popular on family holidays in the British Virgin Islands, and a very safe place for young children to splash around without being in open water - just be careful if your little ones want to clamber up the rocks, as their smooth surfaces can be very slippery.
Best times for a family break in BVI
With their favourable climate, it's no surprise that many tourists take cheap family holidays to the British Virgin Islands during the winter months, when the weather back home is at its worst. However, if your children are unable to take the time off school, then a visit in July is well timed too. The islands celebrate Territory Day on July 1st, so there may be celebrations taking place in your resort.
Why the British Virgin Islands are so great for families
Imagine a family holiday in a sunny Caribbean paradise where everything else is completely familiar. That's what you get on British Virgin Islands family holidays. Safe, welcoming and easy to get around, all you have to think about is picking which beach to spend the day exploring. Kids will love checking out the rocky caves and crevices along some parts of the rugged coast. Parents will enjoy the convenience of this little home away from home, without the stress of a language barrier to worry about.