Editor's Pick: Virgin Gorda

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Boats, lush green hills, turquoise water—no matter your perch in the BVIs, beauty surrounds you. The waters around these islands are the legendary cruising grounds — both "bareboat" and crewed charter sailing — of the West Indies. bvitourism.com Return to 10 Things We Love About These 10 Caribbean Islands
Eddy Patricelli

THE TRIP

Investigate Oil Nut Bay, a newly opened, sustainably minded resort community on Virgin Gorda, perfect for anyone who dreams of living in the BVI.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Chatting about wind and solar power with Dr. Larry Oswald, Oil Nut Bay’s environmental team leader (and CEO of Global Electric Motorcars). Oh, and getting lost within the giant boulders of the Baths at sunset with three bikini-clad travelers and, well, pondering my wife’s take on this predicament.****

MEAL YOU’D FLY BACK FOR NOW

Mahi tacos at Saba Rock. ****

SPOT YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR SON TO

Alvin’s Heights, a hilltop hike with breathtaking views of Eustatia Sound; it’s an unsung spot, as most BVI visitors explore only by boat. ****

WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN

Climb Alvin’s Heights in wet boardshorts. ****

BVI IN 3 WORDS

Vibrant, happy, layered. ****

RESORT YOU’D RECOMMEND TO HONEYMOONERS

Biras Creek — private beaches, bays and intimate cottages ideally perched for exploring the BVI or escaping from it all.

MUST-BRING CARRY-ON

Waterproof camera. With all the boats and blue water, you’re never truly dry in the BVI nor lacking in photo ops. ****

OVER-THE-TOP INDULGENCE

Tough-to-beat conch fritters and the BVI’s iconic elixir, the Painkiller, found at the Fat Virgin’s Cafe. For a more high-brow affair, try the hot chocolate fondant dessert served with raspberry coulis and coconut sorbet in Biras Creek’s open-air dining room. ****

LESSON LEARNED

Never climb in a dinghy after one too many Painkillers with a driver who asks, “Where’s the gas pedal?”

ACQUIRED WISDOM

Every great adventure starts with piss-poor planning.