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Beef Island

Beef Island is an island located in the British Virgin Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. It is located in the northeastern part of the island chain, just east of Tortola and west of Virgin Gorda. The island is connected to Tortola by the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, a two-lane bridge that opened in 1965. Beef Island is home to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, formerly known as the Beef Island Airport, which serves as the main airport for the British Virgin Islands.

The island is mostly undeveloped, with the exception of the airport, a few resorts, and some private homes. The island is popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Tortola, as well as its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. The island is home to a variety of marine life, including turtles, dolphins, and a variety of fish. There are also a variety of hiking trails, which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.

In terms of history, Beef Island has been inhabited since the 1600s. It was originally inhabited by the Arawak Indians, who were later displaced by the Spanish. In the 1700s, the island was home to a number of sugar plantations and slave labor. In the 1800s, the island was home to a number of cotton plantations. During World War II, the island was home to a US airbase.

Today, Beef Island remains a popular tourist destination and is home to a number of resorts and private homes. It is also home to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, which serves as the main airport for the British Virgin Islands. The island is also home to a variety of marine life and hiking trails, making it a great destination for nature lovers.

Excursion tips for a day in Beef Island

As a tourist in Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a boat tour of the nearby islands, such as Tortola and Virgin Gorda, and explore the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters.

2. Visit the historic Callwood Rum Distillery and sample some of the local rum.

3. Go snorkeling or diving in the surrounding coral reefs and observe the vibrant marine life.

4. Take a tour of the historical sites, such as the 18th century Copper Mine Ruins and the old sugar mill.

5. Enjoy a day of golf at the nearby Long Bay Golf Course.

6. Visit the local shops and markets and pick up some souvenirs.

7. Stroll along the white sandy beaches and take in the stunning views.

8. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the beachfront restaurants.

9. Go kayaking or paddle boarding in the calm waters.

10. Take a hike up to the top of the highest peak on the island, Spyglass Hill, for panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

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The climate in Beef Island

Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands experiences a tropical climate all year round, with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 32°C. The rainy season usually runs from May to October, with the driest months being December to April. In the summer months, the humidity is generally high but tempered by cooling trade winds. During the winter months, temperatures are warmer, but the air is cooler and drier. The hurricane season typically runs from June to November, with the peak season being August to October.

Cruise weather for Beef Island

Our weather forecast for Beef Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 28.3 °C
34.2 m/s
39.6 m/s
53.7 %
23.8 m
78.6 %
1,017 hPa
05:51:05
18:57:36
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 28.1 °C
36.0 m/s
40.3 m/s
60.7 %
23.2 m
77.4 %
1,017 hPa
05:51:26
18:57:24
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 28.3 °C
38.9 m/s
45.0 m/s
8.2 %
23.7 m
76.6 %
1,017 hPa
05:51:47
18:57:10
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28.4 °C
38.9 m/s
45.7 m/s
75.9 %
23.3 m
79.1 %
1,019 hPa
05:52:08
18:56:55
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28 °C
31.7 m/s
37.1 m/s
24.1 %
23.0 m
75.4 %
1,017 hPa
05:52:29
18:56:40
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 28.1 °C
30.0 m/s
31.1 m/s
21.9 %
23.5 m
72.2 %
1,016 hPa
05:52:50
18:56:23
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 27.9 °C
31.0 m/s
32.8 m/s
37.8 %
23.2 m
74.9 %
1,019 hPa
05:53:10
18:56:05
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 28.1 °C
31.3 m/s
35.3 m/s
61.6 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,020 hPa
05:53:31
18:55:46
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 28.1 °C
35.6 m/s
40.7 m/s
77.3 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,019 hPa
05:53:51
18:55:26
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 28.8 °C
33.1 m/s
42.5 m/s
72.9 %
24.1 m
78.3 %
1,019 hPa
05:54:11
18:55:05
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28.4 °C
36.0 m/s
40.7 m/s
72.1 %
23.7 m
75.5 %
1,019 hPa
05:54:31
18:54:43
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28.3 °C
34.9 m/s
36.8 m/s
30.0 %
23.7 m
76.4 %
1,018 hPa
05:54:51
18:54:20
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 28.3 °C
33.8 m/s
37.8 m/s
63.5 %
24.1 m
77.4 %
1,019 hPa
05:55:11
18:53:56

Cruises to Beef Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Beef Island, Virgin Islands
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 15th 2024 Sunday, 15th of Dec. 2024 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Feb. 2025 LE PONANT 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Mar. 2025 LE PONANT 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 LE PONANT 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 1st 2026 Sunday, 1st of Feb. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 3rd 2026 Tuesday, 3rd of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 1st 2026 Wednesday, 1st of Apr. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 23rd 2026 Wednesday, 23rd of Dec. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 23rd 2026 Wednesday, 23rd of Dec. 2026 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am

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