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The British Virgin Islands Offers Family Fun in the Caribbean Sun

The British Virgin Islands Offers Family Fun in the Caribbean Sun

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A necklace of lush islands rising from the technicolor tides of the Caribbean Sea, the British Virgin Islands offers some of the most remarkable activities and events for families this summer. Recognized as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world and the undisputed Sailing Capital of the World, the BVI presents more than 60 islands that reveal nature's little secrets in every cove. Families flock to this favorite Caribbean destination, which offers the perfect tropical backdrop to relive childhood memories and create new ones.

Steeped in a history laden with Western discovery and swashbuckling pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard, the BVI merges a fabled past with blank pages to create future stories. Childhood fantasies of Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson come to life, as 'island roving' becomes a way of life and explorers uncover buried treasures on islands that appear to have remained untouched for centuries. With islands visible from nearly every vantage point, some appearing close enough to swim to, the BVI provides mystical, ever-changing scenery.

Known as the undisputed Sailing Capital of the World with fair weather and constant winds, the BVI boasts more than 60 islands for anchorage, most reached by line of sight navigation and contained within an 80 nautical kilometre radius. Families begin their nautical adventures on Tortola -- the sailing centre of the Caribbean and the backbone of the protected Sir Frances Drake Channel. With safe passage, it is a mystery where the BVI will beckon -- west to the laid-back Jost Van Dyke, east to the natural beauty of Virgin Gorda, south to the storied respites of Norman and Peter Islands or north into the open Atlantic Ocean towards the remote Anegada.

Offering families some of the most remarkable snorkelling and diving in the world, from mysterious caves in the south to breathtaking grottoes in the east, the BVI boasts a biodiversity of marine life rivaled only by the deep of the Amazon Rainforest.

Breaking world records, including the record for Atlantic Blue Marlin weighing 590 kilograms, the BVI offers the most diverse fishing as well as the most constant source of marine life in the Caribbean. From "secret" fishing holes tucked into the shallow crevices to renowned deep water spots, the BVI provides families fruitful waters to catch more than 160 varieties including wahoo, dolphin, tuna, king fish, marlin, tarpon and bonefish.

Summer fun can start with the following line-up of unforgettable BVI events:

May Wreck Week - May 20-26 -- First annual Wreck Week highlighting extraordinary diving in the BVI. Includes a treasure hunt, wreck diving certification course and a grand finale party on Tortola 33rd Annual Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta - May 25-27 -- Beloved BVI character, Foxy Callwood's annual sailing regatta in support of the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society and sponsored by the West End Yacht Club 7th Annual BVI Music Festival - May 25-27 -- Seventh annual BVI Music Festival including Reggae, Calypso, Funji, R&B, Rock and Roll, Dancehall and Jazz from international, regional and local artists June 16th Annual Firecracker 500 Race & Chili Cook-off - June 29-30 -- Funds support KATS (Kids and the Sea Program) HiHo Windsurfing Competition - June 29 - July 8 -- One of the most celebrated windsurfing competitions in the world with activities ranging from snorkeling and diving to the famous HiHo pirate party July/August Chief Minister's Cup Youth Regatta - July 7-8 -- Hosted by Nanny Cay Marina and the Royal BVI Yacht Club BVI Emancipation Festival - July 23-Aug. 11 -- Annual premier cultural showcase with activities and events including the freedom march, emancipation service, calypso monarch competition, boat races, rise and shine tramps and August Monday Parade

The British Virgin Islands remains an undeveloped haven for natural treasures. The BVI boasts no high-rise hotels, no casinos and no traffic, rather, the purity of the land -- from pristine beaches with powdery sand and crystal clear waters home to an aquarium of the world's most diverse sea life, to extensive coral reefs responsible for claiming renowned wrecks and vast Outbacks sheltering endangered species.

The BVI is rich with the storied islands of Norman, Deadman's Chest and Anegada, while the islands of Peter, Necker, and Guana anchor luxury resorts and sun worshippers find a haven on Jost Van Dyke, Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda. Whether it is discovering the natural phenomena of The Baths or diving the Indians, Sandy Spit or fabled Wreck of the Rhone, the BVI is bountiful with Nature's Little Secrets.

For more information on the British Virgin Islands, please visit http://www.bvitourism.com/ or call the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board toll free 800.835.8530.

British Virgin Islands Tourist Board

CONTACT: Noelle Casagrande, +1-850-668-2222, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.bvitourism.com/

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