They are geologically and biogeographically the easternmost part of the Greater Antilles ,  the northern islands belonging to the Puerto Rican trench and St. Croix being a displaced part of the same geologic structure. Politically, the British Virgin Islands have been governed as the western island group of the Leeward Islands , which are the northern part of the Lesser Antilles , and form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The islands fall into three different political jurisdictions :. The official name of the British territory is the Virgin Islands, and the official name of the U. In practice, the two island groups are almost universally referred to as the British Virgin Islands and the U.
All rights reserved. Tempting tropical beaches, lush forests, and crystalline Caribbean waters are the hallmark of Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. High green hills dropping down to enchanting turquoise bays, white powdery beaches, coral reefs, and ruins that evoke an era of sugar and a tragic period of slavery all find protection on St. John, one of about a hundred specks of Caribbean land known as the Virgin Islands.
Croix, the largest of our islands, is a tranquil tropical destination for honeymooners, culture seekers, scuba divers and more. Rich in cultural diversity, St. Croix has a fascinating history. But these are only a few of the things you can enjoy on the island. Although only
Virgin Islands , group of about 90 small islands, islets, cays, and rocks in the West Indies , situated some 40 to 50 miles 64 to 80 kilometres east of Puerto Rico. The islands extend from west to east for about 60 miles and are located west of the Anegada Passage , a major channel connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Their combined land area is about square miles square kilometres.