We may earn a commission from affiliate links. In , British planters took over the islands from the original Dutch settlers, and they attained the status of a British colony. Today, the BVI remain a Territory under the British Crown and are world-renowned for their excellent sailing and yachting, many dive sites, and dazzling beaches. Home to the capital city of Road Town, Tortola is the most populated of the islands and a gateway to the archipelago. You'll find many of the larger Virgin Islands' resorts here. Except for Anegada, all these islands are volcanic, with dramatic landscapes of lush peaks plunging to crystal-clear bays.
The British Virgin Islands are paradise. The sand is among the finest on Earth, produced by the process of fish under the water eating the coral, so the beaches are not composed of the normal grains of sand most are used to. Here are five of the best beaches to be found in the BVI. On the southern side of the island is the beach at White Bay, which is named after a Dutch pirate, Jost van Dyke. It is home to a variety of bars, the most famous probably being the Soggy Dollar Bar — it gets its name from the fact that White Bay is accessible only by boat, and most patrons have to swim in and will hand over soggy dollar bills.