The Virgin Islands are a magical Caribbean archipelago of more than forty islands and cays. They seem to have been created expressly for the pleasures of yachting and water sports.
Located about 60 miles east of Puerto Rico and mainly volcanic in origin, the British Virgin Islands feature rugged mountain peaks rising from the blue Caribbean Sea with unusual names such as Great Dog, Fallen Jerusalem, Prickly Pear and Pelican Island.
The Islands, many of them uninhabited and attainable only by yacht, offer solitude and a simplicity of living unknown to most people. The Caribbean Islands' peculiar names were first given by Columbus in 1493. He named the scattered islands as a group in honor of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins who, according to history were murdered by the pagan Huns in the 13th century.