VIRGIN GORDA VOTED TOP CARIBBEAN ISLAND BY TRAVEL + LEISURE

Virgin Gorda ranked as one of the world’s Top Islands in 2014 “World’s Best Awards” 

TORTOLA, B.V.I (July 7, 2014) – The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) is thrilled to share news of the “World’s Best Awards” 2014 reader’s survey from Travel + Leisure, whereby Virgin Gorda was ranked the Top Island for the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Virgin Gorda is ranked No. 8 on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 list of Top Islands Overall.

Other Top Islands in the ‘Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas’ category included Exumas, Bahamas, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Lucia. Virgin Gorda was the only Caribbean island to be included in the top 10 overall rankings.

“This is indeed good news. Part of my Government’s vision for our tourism industry is to create a captivating and safe tourist destination,” said Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr. the Honorable D. Orlando Smith OBE. “Though the natural beauty of our islands is exquisite, we are constantly seeking ways to develop attractions to add to the BVI tourist experience. We are strengthening our product and adding to our current tourism menu while exploring ways to make our offerings more attractive and relevant for new and repeat visitors.”

Premier Smith added, “We will continue to establish BVI as a global brand, welcome more visitors to our shores and streamline processes to attract investors; continue to create efficiencies and fresh market opportunities and most of all work with the private sector to make our tourism industry even more vibrant; providing the ultimate, unique visitor experience.”

For Travel + Leisure’s 19th annual poll, readers were asked to cast their votes for hotels, destinations, and companies that epitomize the very best in travel. Islands are rated on the following characteristics: natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people, and value. This year’s list is considered one of their most comprehensive to-date.

Virgin Gorda is the third-largest and second most populous of the British Virgin Islands, measuring eight and a half square miles. The dramatic shape of the island Virgin Gorda is said to have reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, or “Fat Virgin.”

The beautiful island entices travelers with its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages and luxury resorts and villas. For a quintessential Caribbean vacation, stroll or swim one of the unspoiled beaches in stunning settings such as Savannah Bay or Devil’s Bay.

Natural beauty is in abundance on Virgin Gorda; adventurers can discover the indigenous plant-lined trails, nature sanctuaries and natural wonders of our protected national parks. A must-see is The Baths, a popular attraction where huge granite boulders create mysterious grottos, saltwater pools and a connecting trail that entices visitors to swim and snorkel.

For visitors wanting to experience a day on Virgin Gorda, ferries run regularly between neighboring Tortola’s Road Town and Spanish Town, which also has its own airport.  Another ferry from Beef Island’s Trellis Bay takes passengers to accommodation at Leverick Bay, the Bitter End Yacht Club and Biras Creek.

Learn more about the BVI’s Virgin Gorda at http://www.bvitourism.com/more-virgin-gorda.

The results of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 are available on http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/2014 and will be featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands July 18.

About the British Virgin Islands

An archipelago comprised of 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located 80 kilometers east of Puerto Rico, in the northwestern region of the Caribbean Sea. The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. Road Town, located in Tortola, is the British Virgin Island’s capital.

The BVI is renowned as a destination for sailing, diving and snorkeling. The destination’s vast topography provides unique opportunities for hiking, outdoor adventure and sustainable tourism. The BVI is home to many famous attractions that include The Baths on Virgin Gorda, the Wreck of the Rhone off the coast of Salt Island, The Caves off the coast of Norman Island, the flamingos on Anegada, White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, and Sage Mountain on Tortola.