Winter Island Escapes: Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Start planning where to warm up this winter. We’ve made it easy with these 15 adventure-packed, off-radar island hideaways.

Nov 8, 2012
Outside Magazine

Anegada's Cow Wreck Beach Bar.    Photo: LAIF/Redux

Nine miles long
Empty Caribbean, adventure packed

Once you embark on the ferry from Tortola, say goodbye to party bars and yachtie swagger and hello to empty beaches, abundant snorkeling and diving, and some of the best bonefishing in the Caribbean. Anegada is scalloped by 16 miles of perfect white sand and one of the Caribbean’s largest, most intact coral reefs: the 18-mile Horseshoe Reef. We Be Divin’ (one-tank dive, $85), which operates out of the laid-back Anegada Reef Hotel (from $175), rents gear and offers certification courses. To snorkel, ask the hotel staff to point you toward one of many isolated coves and explore the reef’s maze of winding channels among octopuses, reef fish, barracudas, and jacks. Horseshoe Reef also creates acres of sand flats where bonefish swarm—schools can be 100 strong—all year long. Bring your nine-weight rod and hire one of two crack local guides: Danny Vanterpool ($550 per day) or Garfield Faulkner Jr. ($600 per day). If you strike out, a Painkiller at the Cow Wreck Beach Bar should dull the humiliation.

ACCESS: Fly to Tortola and take the hour-long ferry to Anegada ($50).