Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 63

TORTOLA FOUR MAIN ISLANDS OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS The capital island is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. Here you’ll find government offices and the financial sector. Road Town is the capital of Tortola and home of the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens, Sage Mountain National Park, Virgin Islands Folk Museum and other historical places of interest. VIRGIN GORDA The third largest of the four main islands. One of its main attractions is The Baths, located at its southern end, “a geological wonder comprised of aweinspiring granite boulders, which form sheltered sea pools on the beach’s edge.” (www.bvi.gov. vg) Another attraction is the Old Copper Mine, remnants of the housing area of the Cornish miners who worked and lived there with their famiilies in the 1860’s. ANEGADA This is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands’ chain which boasts miles and miles of white sand beaches. It is known for its many shipwrecks, large salt ponds, beautiful fauna and Caribbean flamingos JOST VAN DYKE The smallest of the four main islands and considered to be a sailor’s haven. 59