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When you take a course from Top Tier Sailing School, you’ll experience all that the peaceful British Virgin Islands (BVI) has to offer! Your ASA-certified BVI sailing course is set in the “Sailing Capital of the World” amidst the picturesque islands and clear waters of this paradise.


The BVI consists of more than 50 islands scattered between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic. It’s a stunning area that attracts adventurous souls, admirers of beauty, and those looking for rest and relaxation.


The Caribbean is full of many amazing hidden anchorages, bays, and beaches that can only be accessed by boat. In the British Virgin Islands, catamarans are the sailboat of choice. With their shallow draft and comfortable, wide-open living areas, they are the perfect vessels for exploring the islands or relaxing in a secluded bay. Because the British Virgin Islands are all close together, it’s also easy to navigate and “island hop” without losing sight of land.


The main islands of the BVI include Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke. The capital of the BVI, Road Town, is located on Tortola. During your visit, you can even explore the other lesser-known islands like Peter Island, Norman Island, and Cooper Island.


Our base is located near Penn’s Landing Marina on the East End of the island of Tortola. Check out the maps, photos, and more detailed information below to get a feel for the British Virgin Islands and our stunning location!

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The British Virgin Islands is a beautiful Caribbean destination known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and laid-back island atmosphere. Your BVI sailing lessons will be an experience you always remember. Here are some of the best tourist activities to enjoy in the British Virgin Islands:


Sailing: With its numerous islands and coves, the BVI is a sailor’s paradise. (We’re biased, but we’re not wrong.) During your BVI sailing course you’ll have the chance to explore the islands, enjoy snorkeling, and anchor in secluded spots along the way.


Beach Hopping: Explore the BVI’s pristine beaches, each with its own unique charm. Some popular ones include White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, The Baths on Virgin Gorda, and Cane Garden Bay on Tortola.


Snorkeling and Diving: Discover the vibrant underwater world of the BVI. Visit the Indians, a renowned snorkeling and diving site, or explore the Wreck of the RMS Rhone, one of the world’s best wreck dives.


Island-Hopping: Before, during, or after your BVI sailing course, hop from one island to another and experience the unique character of each. Don’t miss Jost Van Dyke, home to Foxy’s, Hendo’s Hideout, and Soggy Dollar Bar and its famous Painkiller cocktail. (Jost Van Dyke is also just “spitting distance” from Sandy Spit, the most photographed piece of land in the BVI.) Or check out Anegada, known for its pristine coral reefs, deserted beaches, and lobster.]


Also popular are Cooper Island, home to the solar-powered Cooper Island Beach Club and brewery; Norman Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and home to the legendary Willy T Floating Bar and Restaurant; and Dead Chest Island, where the song “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” originated.


The Baths: Located on Virgin Gorda, the Baths is a natural wonder featuring giant granite boulders forming scenic grottoes and pools. Explore the caves, swim in the turquoise waters, and relax on the sandy beaches.


Savor Local Cuisine: During your BVI sailing course, you’ll have plenty of time to indulge in the delicious Caribbean flavors of the BVI. Try local specialties like conch fritters, fish and lobster dishes, and the Soggy Dollar Bar’s famous Painkiller cocktail made with rum, fruit juice, and nutmeg.


Hike to Gorda Peak National Park: Take a scenic hike to Gorda Peak, the highest point in the British Virgin Islands. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding islands and lush vegetation along the trails.


Explore the Copper Mine Ruins: Visit the historic ruins of the copper mine on Virgin Gorda. Explore the remnants of this former mine and learn about its significance in the island’s history.


Dolphin Discovery: Interact with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery on Tortola. Enjoy swimming with these friendly marine creatures or observe their playful antics from the shore.


Festivals: If you visit during a festival, such as the BVI Spring Regatta or the Emancipation Festival, be sure to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, music, food, and dance.


You will enjoy your time in this tropical paradise!


Our BVI Sailing School has its base on Tortola Island, a small island located in the British Virgin Islands. Tortola is a gateway to all the wonders of the BVI, as it’s near Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.


Here are some local highlights:


Popular Spots: Tortola is the most populated island in the British Virgin Islands and features popular sites like Smugglers Cove, Soper’s Hole, Cane Garden Bay, and Sage Mountain National Park. Tortola Island features lovely beaches, gorgeous island views, and tasty local food options, including Red Rock Restaurant & Bar. 


Trellis Bay: Located on the eastern end of neighboring Beef Island, Trellis Bay is a picturesque spot known for its calm waters, beautiful beach, and monthly full moon parties. Visit the Trellis Bay Market, where local artists showcase their work, and dine at one of the many beachfront restaurants (one of our favorites is Loose Mongoose).


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Explore the underwater wonders surrounding Tortola Island. Several dive operators offer scuba diving excursions to nearby reefs and dive sites, where you can discover colorful coral formations and diverse marine life.


Marina Cay: Take a short boat ride from Tortola Island to Marina Cay, a tiny island famous for its picturesque beaches and stunning snorkeling opportunities. Swim, relax on the beach, or explore the vibrant coral reefs just off the shore.


Day Trip to Virgin Gorda: Tortola Island serves as a convenient starting point for day trips to neighboring islands either before or after your BVI sailing course. Catch a ferry or charter a boat to Virgin Gorda, where you can visit The Baths, explore the island’s beautiful beaches, hike to Gorda Peak, or check out the North Sound’s world-famous “Billionaire’s Playground.” Or stay overnight at Bitter End Yacht Club, Necker Island (Richard Branson’s privately owned island), or the boutique hotel on tiny, nearby Saba Rock Island.


Nature Walks and Bird Watching: Tortola offers scenic nature trails where you can take leisurely walks and observe local wildlife. Keep an eye out for various bird species and enjoy the lush vegetation surrounding you.


Kiteboarding and Windsurfing: With its steady trade winds and calm waters, Tortola is an excellent destination for kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts. Take advantage of the favorable conditions and enjoy these thrilling water sports.


Beach Picnics and Relaxation: Tortola Island is home to several quiet and secluded beaches. Pack a picnic and spend a relaxing day soaking up the sun, swimming in the clear waters, and enjoying the tranquility of the island.


The proximity of Tortola Island to other islands and the natural beauty of the surrounding area make it an exceptional base for exploring the British Virgin Islands!


You’re going to love your time in the BVI! Book your course today!

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