The British Virgin Islands
There are over 60 islands in the area, some of which are uninhabited and designated natural parks. Regardless of the island you choose, each of the BVI has its own special beauty, character and legends:
- Tortola, the largest of the islands, has white sand beaches, ancient ruins, incredible local cuisine, and features the Sage Mountain National Park where you can experience a primeval rain forest.
- Virgin Gorda is the third largest island at 8.5 square miles. Explore indigenous plant-lined trails, nature sanctuaries, natural wonders, and quiet coves as well as splendid yacht clubs and luxury resorts and villas.
- Anegada, or “the Drowned Land,” measures 11 by 3 miles, is the only coral island in the volcanic chain. The highest point is only 28 feet above sea level. Enjoy clear springs, discover exotic birds and rare rock iguanas, and experience wildlife exclusive to the area including loblolly, frangipani, turpentine trees, feathery sea lavender and wild orchids.
- Jost Van Dyke is named for the early Dutch settler and former pirate. There are fewer than 300 inhabitants and it measures just 12 square miles. Learn about colorful folklore and explore rugged scenery, vegetation-covered sugar mill ruins, old trails crossing the island, and a natural sea-formed Jacuzzi. This is also a great place to spot whales and dolphins.
Things to Do in the British Virgin Islands
- Shopping for Arts & Crafts, Photography, Books, Local Products, Clothing & Accessories, Souvenirs, Jewelry and more
- Enjoy a wide variety of beaches
- Watersports: diving, fishing, sailing, tours, kayaking, kiteboarding, surfing, windsurfing, swimming with dolphins
- Visit museums with artifacts, paintings, photography, and more
- Discover the 21 National Parks by boat, car, or taxi – including land and marine areas such as historic sites, tropical forests, bird sanctuaries and one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has a rich culture evolved from Europeans, Africans, and the indigenous Taino Indians. All of these influences can be found in art, music, gastronomy, sport, and religion.
Things to Do in the Dominican Republic
- Golfing can be enjoyed in the scenic surroundings of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Playa Grande, La Romana, Juan Dolio, Jarabacoa, Santiago, Bonao and Santo Domingo.
- Enjoy a diverse array of music and dancing such as merengue, bachata, and “son.”
- River rafting
- Horseback riding
- Beaches with white sand, golden sand, or pebbles
- Banana boat trips
- Party boats
- Speed boats
- Cultural Museums
- Monuments: the Clock Tower, the Church of San Fernando, Villa Dona Emilia, La Churcha, La Inmaculada Concepcion Cathedral, Alcazar de Colon, Palacio Consistorial, Fortaleza San Felipe, Santo Domingo Cathedral
- Shopping for international brands, locally designed clothing, and handcrafted souvenirs. Don’t miss tours of factories for coffee, run, cigars, and jewelry!
Popular excursions include:
- Santo Domingo’s Colonial City
- Cueva de los Tres Ojos (Three Eyes Cave)
- Shopping, Casinos and Night Life
- Boca Chica and Juan Dolio Beaches
- Altos de Chavón
- Saona Island
- Cueva de las Maravillas (Wonder Cave)
- Manati Park
- Dolphin Island Park
- Inland Safaris
- Caribbean Festival
- Fun Fun Cave
- From Puerto Plata
- 27 Charcos de Damajagua (27 Falls of Damajagua)
- Cayo Arena (Paradise Cay)
- Ocean World Adventure Park
- Mount Isabel de Torres & Cable Car Ride
- Puerto Plata City Tour and Rum Factory
- Zip Lines
- Humpback Whale Observation
- El Limon Waterfall
- Cayo Levantado Island
- Los Haitises National Park
- Zip Lines
- Centro Leon
- Tobacco Museum