Holiday Escapists Trade Christmas Carols and Stockings for Peace and Quiet on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Virgin Gorda Named by Travel + Leisure As Best Caribbean Island for Peace and Quiet

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Those needing a holiday after the holidays find a reprieve in 2008 on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Recently named by Travel + Leisure as the "Best Caribbean Island for Peace and Quiet," Virgin Gorda features uninhabited beaches, near perfect sailing conditions, luxury resorts, private villas and spectacular views -- all the makings for a rejuvenating, relaxing and refreshing 2008 escape.

Best Caribbean Island for Peace and Quiet

Those needing a holiday after the holidays find a reprieve in 2008 on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Recently named by Travel + Leisure as the "Best Caribbean Island for Peace and Quiet," Virgin Gorda features uninhabited beaches, near perfect sailing conditions, luxury resorts, private villas and spectacular views--all the makings for a rejuvenating, relaxing and refreshing 2008 escape.

Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493 for her long shape and belly-like feature, Virgin Gorda is just a short sail from the main island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and tempts visitors with the best of both beaches and mountains. Flat, powdery sands on the south side and lush vegetation on peaks and hills running along the spine of the north shore combine for stunning topography, while spots like Gorda Peak rising high above the sunlit sea provide panoramic views of the necklace of islands below.

Located at the tip of the Virgin's southwest legs are the most notable beaches on the island -- The Baths -- whose mysterious origins are thought to be from eons of evolution. After meandering through a trail of huge stones and twisted branches, adventurers find a beach laden with granite boulders stacked and strewn across the white sand with palms appearing to grow out of the stones.

Luxury accommodations include Little Dix Bay, the first luxury resort in the BVI built in the 1960s by Laurence Rockefeller, renowned for its spa services and private treatment cottages tucked into the dramatic cliffs of the BVI. Bitter End Yacht Club provides a haven for yachties embarking on a peaceful island-hopping holiday, and features discreet villas quietly tucked into the verdant hillsides. Standing like a fortress against worldly stresses, Biras Creek Estate -- flanked by the sea on three sides -- is a romantic hideaway where televisions are replaced with outdoor verandas and most guests opt to trade in air conditioners for open windows with trade winds. Even when the resort is full, another guest is rarely seen.

Complementing these luxury resorts, Virgin Gorda is also home to almost 20 private villas perfect for families and large groups vacationing together, allowing an intimate playground for reminiscing while keeping a close proximity for quality time.

The BVI, consistently recognized as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world and the undisputed Sailing Capital of the World, presents 60 islands for exploring its secrets. The BVI is rich with the storied islands of Norman (the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island,") Dead man'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 and Cooper Island.

To discover peace and quiet on Virgin Gorda, call the BVI Tourist Board toll free: 800.835.8530 or visit http://www.bvitourism.com .

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