British Virgin Islands Real Estate
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British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the U.S. Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. Approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited. Executiv...e authority in British Virgin Islands is invested in The Queen and is exercised on her behalf by the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.
The British Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, moderated by trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. In the capital, Road Town, typical daily maxima are around 32 °C in the summer and 29 °C in the winter. Typical daily minima are around 24 °C in the summer and 21 °C in the winter. Hurricanes occasionally hit the islands, with the hurricane season running from June to November.
In the British Virgin Islands it has long been fashionable to talk about the "twin pillars" of the Territory's economy – tourism and financial services. Agricultural produce includes fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, livestock and poultry, and industries include rum distillation, construction and boat building.
The British Virgin Islands operates several government schools as well as private schools. There is also a community college, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Community College, that is located on the eastern end of Tortola. This college was named after the late Honourable Lavity Stoutt (Chief Minister).
Road Town, located on Tortola, is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. It is situated on the horseshoe-shaped Road Harbour in the center of the island's south coast. The town's population is about 9,400 (as of 2004). The name is derived from the nautical term "the roads", a place less sheltered than a harbor but which ships can easily get to. A 67-acre (27 ha) area called Wickham's Cay was reclaimed from the sea and is the center of tourism. Here you will find the newest part of the city. This is the hub for the new commercial and administrative buildings of the BVI. The oldest building in Road Town, the HM Prison on Main Street, dates from the 1840s. The town is one of the principal center for bareboating (self-hire yacht chartering) in the Caribbean. Road Town is the headquarters of Tortola Marine Management, located in the Road Reef Marina, and The Moorings, which are two of the main charter boat companies operating out of Road Town/Road Harbor. Cruise ships can be often seen docked here as well. The Harbour is also a popular jumping off point for many of the ferries servicing the island. The ferry terminal is located at the southwest end of Road Town. The ferries run during the day every day of the week, but rarely at night.
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