British Virgin Islands reopens major properties
Following the impact of Hurricane Irma, which affected the British Virgin Islands (BVI) last September, BVI and its tourism sector are excited to announce the new developments including reopenings of major properties, new boat fleets and the resumption of evening flights.
The BVI Tourist Board and government have been fully dedicated to restoring the territory to its natural allure. While the yachting sector began welcoming visitors last November, more charter companies, hotels and resorts are opening their doors for the 2018 winter travel season.
See below for a detailed list on new developments and openings in the BVI:
Oil Nut Bay Beach Club and Marina reopened its Beach Club, restaurant, resort amenities, and marina in Virgin Gorda on December 16.
Marella Discovery and Marella Celebration were the first official cruise ships of the season, which docked at Tortola Pier Park on December 6 and 7 bringing over 2,800 passengers to BVI.
Dream Yacht Charter, which reopened last November, recently added two new boats to its fleet, the Sunreef 70 'Muse' and 'Lagoon 620 Reve2Mer'.
Horizon Yacht Charters added six brand new yachts for the winter season.
The Moorings and Sunsail reopened in December with a combined 100 yachts ready to set sail in the BVI.
Jost Van Dyke's beloved Soggy Dollar Bar is reopened for business. The Soggy Dollar has also launched plans for rebuilding the adjacent Sandcastle Hotel.
The T.B. Lettsome International Airport is now able to receive commercial evening flights. Travellers may reach the territory via connections in San Juan, St Thomas, Antigua and St Maarten.
The BVI ended 2017 on a high note with the annual Anegada Lobster Festival. Over 1,500 visitors attended the weekend event on November 25 and 26.
Iconic dive sites such as the Wreck of the Rhone, which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, were left undamaged by the hurricane. Visitors also may visit the BVI Art Reef, a new reef habitat focused on rehabilitating vulnerable marine life. The territory is also looking forward to welcoming sailing enthusiasts at the BVI Spring Regatta from March 26 to April 1.