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Rumpelstiltskin reviewed U.S. British Virgin Islands '95, The : The Complete Guide with the Best Lodging, Beaches, Sailing and Diving (Fodor's U.S. British Virgin Islands) on
Together in one book! Your essential & accurate travel guide. The US Virgin Islands: The images you'd expect from a tropical island are here: stretches of beach arc into the distance, and white sails skim across water so blue and clear it stuns the senses. Red-roofed houses color the green hillsides as do the orange of the flamboyant tree, the red of the hibiscus, the magenta of the bougainvillea, and the blue stone ruins of old sugar mills. And the British Virgin Islands: The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consist of about 50 islands, islets, and cays. Most are remarkably hilly, and all but Anegada are volcanic, having exploded from the depths of the sea some 25 million years ago. The BVI are serene, seductive, spectacularly beautiful, and still remarkably laid-back. Several factors have enabled the BVI to retain the qualities of yesteryear's Caribbean: no building can rise higher than the surrounding palms, and there are no direct flights from the mainland United States, so the tourism tide is held back. Many visitors travel here by water, aboard their own ketches and yawls or on one of the ferries that cross the waters between St. Thomas and Tortola. Such a passage is a fine prelude to a stay in these unhurried havens.