Virgin Gorda Easter
BVI Spring Regatta
Foxy's Halloween Party
CYS Boat Show
guests can only know a part of this vibrant culture, the
vacation visit is enhanced
by getting to know a little of this unique tropical land.
friendly, yet reserved, in some combination of British and island
cultures, BVIslanders value education highly, it is said,
as a result of their history. Noted for their entrepreneurial spirit, the
BVI is typical of many West Indian island nations in this regard.
Native American inhabitants of the Caribbean islands as well Florida and
coastal South America, the
potters, weavers, and woodworkers. See this unique
pre-Columbian figure of a man with a bird face.
Extensive settlements have been found on Tortola, including an extensive
ceremonial village near the
Belmont Mound which
the Arawaks may have worshipped as a zemi.
Artifacts including two small zemis (and a
cassava or yucca griddle) recently found nearby are on display at
Virgin Island Folk Museum in Road Town. See
Archeologists Uncover Pre-historic Village on Tortola.
Also, Arawak rock carvings are found at the St. John
National Park in the USVI.
The Old and the Unexplored: a Fresh Look at BVI History provides
several fascinating glimpses
of BVI history by historian Vernon Pickering, taking
us back to the time when the Sir Francis Drake Channel was "Freebooters
Gangway." See also
Virgin Gorda: On Foot or By Car,
The BVI's Formidable Forts by Claudia Colli and a
Documentary History of the Cinnamon Bay Plantation 1718-1917 about
See the Island
Twentieth Century British Virgin Islands A Chronology
by Vernon Pickering. Also,
1949-1999: A Golden Anniversary
Jubilee of the March of 1949 Observed.
pictures of Road Town a generation ago before part of the harbour was
Background: the BVI in
the mid-1950s before the tourist industry came to the BVI.
To Pirates & Privateers
The most famous shipwreck in the BVI is the
Wreck of the Rhone
off Salt Island
(this picture comes from the
Also, there are recently created dive wrecks, including the
original Willie T
off Peter Island. However, for sheer historical fascination, the
imagination is captured by
Anegada's Dive Wreck Treasury, with over 300 wrecks, most from the days
of sail, including the famous HMS Astrea.
Mt. Healthy Windmill
Sage Mountain National Park
The BVI have a rich spiritual life and
support many denominations and churches.
A special occasion,
the Festival is a time when BVIslanders
come home from around the globe. A multifaceted
celebration, the August Festival has
of the Caribbean Carnival, such as the dancing troupes,
fantastic costumes and the mako jumbies on stilts.
Behind the revelry is a more serious purpose, the celebration of its
emancipation from slavery in 1834, so it is sometimes called the
BVI Emancipation Festival.
begin this half-month long event, a Festival Village
is constructed in late July in Road Town. Events include an
international Calypso Show and the Miss BVI Pageant
(who goes on to compete for Miss Universe) as well as a host of lesser
activities. Local food and drink is featured as well as entertainment by
local musicians. Things get moving late at night generally and
"rise and shine" tramps featuring local bands are
held before sunrise. The festival culminates in the Grand Parade
on the first Monday in August, symbolizing the BVIslander's
unquenchable love of life.
B-V-I Bookstore has books about the BVI.
A Treasured Moment in History
discusses the publication of Vernon Pickering's book on the early history of
Noted Trinidadian Author Visits BVI: "Young people
throughout the English-speaking Caribbean can recall . . . . . some of his
most popular short stories in the collection Cricket in the Road, such as
Drunkard of the River, The Valley of Cocoa, The Patch of Guava and The
A British colony with a self-elected parliamentarian form of government, its
culture contributes to a well-managed and upright government with an
emphasis on a strong economy within a context of conserving its precious
nature and marine environment.
BVI stamps are a rich source of its culture.
See Island Sun
stamp features, including
Salt Island Stamps Win 1998 Popularity Poll.
Occupying the Old
Administration Building (Crown Governor's residence) in
Road Town is its Museum well as the
Post Office (where collector's stamps are sold) and its
Stamp Room with a 1787-2001 catalogue of BVI stamps,
known worldwide among philatelists for their exquisite
design and fascinating subjects (photo:
To Art in the Islands.
J& J Coin Jewelry features gold
hummingbird motif cuff links on a silver background. See
Shops in the BVI for jewelry
Fashion shows are held at Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke. Appearing here is
Anesta Frett, manager and buyer at The Boutique at Lambert Bay, an
excellent source of handpainted Trinidad and Tobago fashions.
Photography is practiced far and wide, by all levels from novice tourist to
experienced professional. And pictures are everywhere from resort brochures
to internet trip reports.
At 124 Main Street past The Corner
(284/494-6680), the Allamanda Gallery has an
extensive collection of photographs by owner Amanda Baker, who
specializes in wedding photography (photo:
Allamanda Gallery blog).
ScubaMom's Screensavers. Lynn McKamey, the ScubaMom, is webmaster for a
number of BVI sites, including fancy resorts. But the inside story is that
her husband Kenny, with a background in professional photograhy, takes many
of the pictures, including these great
Island Images of Guana.
Some fantastic underwater photography appears in
Diving British Virgin Islands by Jim and Ooile Scheiner,
Music in the BVI,
with a shared island flavor, is nonetheless quite diverse.
Selections from Quito Rymer are featured.
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