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Travelling to the BVI

Travelling to the BVI is a unique experience and all part of your Caribbean adventure! While there are currently no direct flights from the mainland USA, Canada, Europe or South America, visitors do have a number of travel options from which to choose.

American Airlines are introducing direct flights from Miami to Tortola starting 1st June. Flights are from Miami depart at 10:25am and arrive in Beef Island at 1:30pm and depart Beef Island at 2:30pm and arrive back in Miami at 5:30pm. Flights can be booked at aa.com now.
Please note: Flights through September and October are paused and resume in November.

Travelling to Tortola

Via San Juan, Puerto Rico

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (IATA: SJU) is the busiest airport in the Caribbean and the main gateway. A wide range of airlines from all over the world fly into the hub, including Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, American Airlines, and Air Canada. Your flight from San Juan into Tortola’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (IATA: EIS) located on Beef Island, can be booked commercially via Air SunshineCape AirInterCaribbean AirwaysIsland Birds or Seaborne Airlines. A super fun and scenic way to travel is via Caribbean Buzz helicopter charters – worth splashing out for if your budget allows. Make sure to leave sufficient time between transfers to avoid unnecessary stress. If you do miss a connection however, San Juan is full of hotels including a modest Airport Hotel for convenience. 

Via St. Thomas, USVI

You can book flights with American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, United Airlines and US Airways to St. Thomas’ busy Cyril E. King International Airport (IATA: STT). Currently undergoing a $250 million dollar facelift that will be completed over six years, STT offers direct flights from numerous major US cities including Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and New York. You can reach the BVI from STT via commercial or privately chartered flight, helicopter, inter-island ferry, or private water taxi. If you opt for the latter, upon clearing customs and exiting baggage collection you will be met by a host of taxi operators who will help you get the relevant ferry terminal or private boat charter departure point. 

AirTerrance B. Lettsome International Airport (IATA: EIS) located on Beef Island, Tortola can be reached via Air SunshineCape AirInterCaribbean AirwaysIsland Birds or Seaborne Airlines A super fun and scenic way to travel is with Caribbean Buzz helicopter charters – worth splashing out for if your budget allows. 

Sea: Road Harbor located in Tortola’s capital, Road Town, can be reached via passenger ferry or private water taxi. Ferry tickets can be booked on the Native Son FerryRoad Town Fast Ferry or Smith’s Ferry. Private transfers can be arranged by via Island Time, Dolphin Water Taxi Services, or Foxy’s Water Taxis.  

Via Antigua (IATA: ANU) or St. Maarten (IATA: SXM)

If you’re travelling from the UK, one of the simplest options is a direct British Airways flight from London Gatwick into to V.C. Bird International Airport (IATA: ANU) or Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM). The flight from Antigua into Tortola is less than an hour and can be booked via InterCaribbean or LIAT.

Travelling to Virgin Gorda

Via San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Thomas, USVI

Both commercial and private charter flights are available from Puerto Rico (SJU) and St. Thomas (STT) into Taddy Bay International Airport located in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. These can be booked via Cape Air, Island Birds, or Air Sunshine. A super fun way to reach Virgin Gorda from either San Juan or St. Thomas is via Caribbean Buzz helicopter charters – worth splashing out on if your budget allows.

Via Tortola

Tickets to Virgin Gorda aboard a passenger ferry can be bought onboard the boat with both Speedy’s Ferries or Sensation Ferries. Trips leave from Road Town Harbor in Road Town, Tortola, or Trellis Bay on Beef Island (a two-minute taxi ride from the airport). Online schedules are fairly reliable, but a call never hurts, especially if you are arriving on a Public Holiday. Tickets between Tortola and Virgin Gorda are $30 return per person. Children under the age of four years ride for free. 

To Anegada

Access to Anegada is gained via small aircraft, helicopter, or sizeable passenger ferry. The Anegada Express runs from Trellis Bay on Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday. Smith’s Ferry operates from Road Town on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Flights are operated out of Tortola’s EIS and Virgin Gorda’s Taddy Bay Airport via a number of operators including VI Airlink and Island Birds. The flight schedules can be erratic so triple check timing and details prior to your visit. A super fun way to reach Anegada is via Caribbean Buzz helicopter charters – worth splashing out on if your budget allows. 

To Jost Van Dyke

New Horizon Ferry Services is your company of choice when looking for a scheduled trip between West End Tortola and Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. Check out their schedule for timing and rates. 

Andrea Gonzalez

Born in Colombia and grew up in Venezuela, where she lived on the coast. She moved to the BVI in 2001 and spent the first 14 years setting up and running a successful diving business in Jost Van Dyke.
After that, Andrea worked in the yacht industry as a crew, deckhand, and lately as a yacht chef. Sail all over the Caribbean and the Bahamas, and mostly charter in The British Virgin Islands.
Andrea always has a cheeky smile on her face and guarantees all her guests will have fun on her charters. She is skilled as a Standup Paddleboard Instructor, PADI scuba, licensed powerboat captain, and chef and is now a full-time Villa concierge and property manager.

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