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BVI: The Acronym You Need To Get Onboard With

Kathryn Romeyn - February 23, 2016

Kathryn Romeyn is a freelance travel, beauty and wellness writer with an extreme case of wanderlust. An Atlanta native, she calls Los Angeles home when she’s not working on her laptop at a cafe or beach somewhere around the world. On her travels Kathryn seeks out pizza, eclectic jewelry and decor, and 3-4 foot waves for surfing. Her recent trips include Peru and Colombia, Lebanon, several destinations in Mexico, Australia and Indonesia. On her wish list: Sri Lanka, Cuba and Morocco.

For those of us in cold climes, March to May often prove the hardest months of the year. Like a post-winter limbo, springtime seems tantalizingly around the corner–till suddenly it's not. The sun may stay out longer, but day after day you're still shrugging on the same coat. Vitamin D seems a distant memory, and your cabin fever is borderline fever pitch.

For sun worshipers, sailing enthusiasts, and those who simply love to kick back with a cocktail-filled coconut, the British Virgin Islands can provide the ultimate winter escape. Only 15 of its over 50 islands are inhabited, and all boast a surplus of gorgeous shorelines guaranteed to inspire even the most app-addicted of smartphone users to forgo their devices. In addition to snorkeling over shipwrecks and sunset paddle-boarding, arguably the biggest draw here is island hopping.

Start at Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola—In a sea of truly breathtaking beaches, this paradisiac nook warrants an entirely new superlative. Take a day to pop outside the tourist zone and be cared for by locals; they'll melt whatever's left in your mind of winter with fresh tropical libations and grilled seafood. Over on Jost Van Dyke, Foxy’s is a must, not only for its classic sandy bar scene and microbrews, but because its namesake is always ready (guitar in hand) to perform personalized freestyles for his delighted guests.

Just down the shore on that same island, tiki enthusiasts can swim directly up to Soggy Dollar—a buzzing bar credited for shaking up the very first Painkiller cocktail, complete with fresh pineapple juice and sprinkled with shaved nutmeg. Duly fortified, cruise by Sir Richard Branson’s private domain of Necker Island on your way to The Baths on Virgin Gorda, a national park whose piles of giant boulders form scenic grottos, primed for swimsuit shoots. By the end of your tour, you’ll have a healthy tan that'll last you to spring.