British Virgin Islands Facts
Number of Islands:
About 60 islands & Cays (16 are inhabited); The four major are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.
Standard Time Zone: UTC/GMT minus 4 hrs.
Sub-tropical rather than tropical; trade winds moderate; extremes of both heat and humidity; temperature ranges: winter 22 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius; summer 26 degrees to 31 degrees Celsius; night temperatures drop to 10 degrees Celsius; and, erratic rainfall averaging 127 centimetres per year; occasional droughts.
Road Town, on Tortola Island (estimated population 2,500).
Other main towns:
East End; West End and, Long Look.
20,254 increasing by 2.3 per cent per year
English (main), Spanish
Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic Faith
fish, rum, sand and gravel, fruits and vegetables.
foodstuffs, building materials, machinery and equipment, motor cars, beverages.
economy based on tourism and financial services.
the major economic activity, accounting for some 45% of the national income; approximately 400,000 visitors per year.