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Travel + Leisure Magazine Names Virgin Gorda #1 Island in Caribbean

Virgin Gorda ranked as one of the World’s Top Islands in 2014 “World’s Best Awards”
Virgin Gorda ranked as one of the World’s Top Islands in 2014 “World’s Best Awards”. Photo: BVITB
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board is excited to announce Virgin Gorda has been ranked as the number one island in the Caribbean by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE stated, “This is indeed good news. Part of my Government’s vision for our tourism industry is to create a captivating and safe tourist destination. 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 will continue to strengthen our product and add to our current tourism menu; while at the same time explore ideas for making our offerings more attractive and relevant for new and repeat visitors.”

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

“I wish to commend the Chairman Mr. Russell Harrigan and his team for the work they are doing to reposition this Territory as a prime tourism destination in the Caribbean,” Premier Smith said.

“The British Virgin Islands is recognised globally as one of the finest destinations for our spectacular beaches, ultimate sailing, stellar diving, the vast variety of island-hopping experiences and our welcoming people. It is a high honour for us to see Virgin Gorda positioned as the best island in the Caribbean. There can be no higher recognition than one coming from our visitors. This is a direct result of all the hard work done by the Territory as a whole over the last 2 1/2 years to reposition our tourism. Accolades such as this are invaluable in helping us to increase the tourism exposure and opportunities for the British Virgin Islands,” said Chairman of the BVI Tourist Board, Russell Harrigan.

Travel + Leisure, a go-to magazine for travel enthusiasts, listed Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands as the #1 island in the Caribbean, surpassing Exumas, Bahamas; St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Bermuda, and St. Lucia.

Virgin Gorda is also listed #8 on the overall top #10 list of islands in the world and is the only Caribbean island listed alongside islands in Greece, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ecuador, Canada, and Washington.

“We are extremely proud to have Virgin Gorda listed as the top island in the Caribbean and overjoyed to be the only island in the region to be named alongside nine of the most sought after destinations in the world,” said Director of Tourism, Sharon Flax-Mars. “Virgin Gorda embodies the beauty, spirit, culture and serenity of the BVI. We will continue to strive for excellence and provide our residents, and visitors quality beyond measure throughout our islands and cays.”

Travel + Leisure also announced the awards online. The video may be viewed through this link: http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best-2014-hp

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.

About the British Virgin Islands

An archipelago comprised of 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located approximately 50 miles 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 on Tortola, is the British Virgin Islands’ capital.

Renowned as one of the world’s premier sailing destinations, the BVI’s dynamic and vast topography provides a unique opportunity to “island hop” with ease — with each island characterized by its own cultural and natural wonders. Among these attractions are The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Anegada’s Flamingo Pond, and Tortola’s Sage Mountain. Destination highlights also include world-class yachting, snorkeling, hiking, sustainable tourism and, for diving enthusiasts, the Caribbean’s most stunning wreck dives, such as the RMS Rhone.

A pristine and romantic island paradise evoking a bygone era, the British Virgin Islands are nonetheless easily accessible for U.S. travelers flying into Tortola/Beef Island’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) via frequent connecting service from nearby Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Kitts or St. Maarten/St. Martin. Visitors traveling to the BVI from St. Thomas can also travel via ferry. Despite its status as a United Kingdom territory, the BVI conveniently uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.

For more information on all that the British Virgin Islands have to offer, visit the official BVI Tourist Board website at www.bvitourism.com or contact 1-800-835-8530.

15 Responses to “Travel + Leisure Magazine Names Virgin Gorda #1 Island in Caribbean”

  • Vg man (04/07/2014, 15:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm really surprise that no one has left any comments on this outstanding information.
  • VG68 (04/07/2014, 16:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    A big reason VG is so popular amongst visitors, is the people who live & work on that island. Most all will greet you with a pleasant "good morning", "good afternoon" or "good evening" and share their knowledge & favorites on the island. Hopefully, it will remain this way, in light of the turmoil on other islands.
  • VG Abroad (04/07/2014, 18:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is really great news. I am reading this article till in Australia and am very delighted. Let's continue to keep Virgin Gorda clean in every way.

    Big up VG. Big up BVI.
  • homeboy (04/07/2014, 18:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This the best place on the planet.virgin gorda is next to heaven and. I will not give it up.we are blessed in so many ways thats why we have to band together and protect it from those so call investors
  • ann (04/07/2014, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    up dey so hot they must not be serious
    • R (09/07/2014, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THE HEAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TOURISM, AS A MATTER OF FACT THATS WHY THEY COME HERE (FOR THE HEAT). VG IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE ESPEICALLY THE BEACHES
  • shaw (04/07/2014, 22:48) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is great news. But it also baits the question of why we are trying to get crowds via cruise ships in Tortola. People come to VG which "embodies the beauty, spirit, culture and serenity of the BVI". Diving, sailing etc. Not Zip lines, ferris wheels and merry go rounds, 4000 passengers a day in safaris, crowded beaches, taking precious ecological areas for hotels, etc. Is there a golf course on VG? Does anyone miss it? Please apply the same criteria used in VG on the rest of islands. Don't make one tacky while others are peaceful, quiet and natural. This proves what tourists are looking for. Not entertainment.

    The premier acknowledges the natural beauty of our islands, yet he still seeks "ways to develop attractions to add to the BVI tourist experience... making our current tourism offerings more attractive and relevant for new and repeat visitors.” Why? Something seems to be working just fine. Just clean up the rest of the islands of trash and crowds. Of course, the international publicity and politics played by Oil Nut Bay, Costa Smeralda and other exclusive developments don't hurt any. And it would be nice to get the ferries all working with connections. Anyone complain about not being able to get to BVI comfortably? What? the runway not long enough?
    • pelican (07/07/2014, 23:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      and now, with the cruise ship development moving forward with enclosed shopping mall, dredging, expanded boardwalk around the entire harbour (making the original development larger), what is to say we are not ruining the very thing people wish for? visitors look to get away from the commercial aspect to a cultural one. But the current government doesn't seem to see the broader picture and is plowing ahead to attract the crowds people try to avoid. These ministers are dazzled by wealth and prestige and are missing the point of cultural identity and sense of place. the cruise ship land development is a fiasco and no one is going to jail over it.
  • good (05/07/2014, 06:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's really good
  • Sea It Clear BVI (06/07/2014, 03:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm very proud to be from Virgin Gorda. I'm more happy to know that I have an attraction that tourist have try and loved. I'm proud that my Attitude is also a contribution. Virgin Gorda has always been Number 1..with or without any media saying that.
    Keep it up Virgin Gorda
  • love it (06/07/2014, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are a natural atraction we need no addition. we love the way we are. All we need to do keep our usland clean. Keep up the good manners, treat our guest right and keep the crime rate down as we are doing and we will be just fine. we love VG.
  • Rotfl (07/07/2014, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's cut ehow this is the culmination of only the last 2 and a half years. We are sooo political.
  • lgomes007 (07/07/2014, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is no place like Virgen Gorda, at least no that I know... I stayed at the Aquamare villas for a week and I had the best vacations of my life. Check this out... http://villaaquamare.com/


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