Packing for the BVI: Info You Need to Know

”The Villa had everything. I mean EVERYTHING.! We needed only our swimsuits. That’s it. ”  - Laura Stimson, Wilmington, DE

by Ray Larson

You won’t need to pack much to enjoy the secluded beach at Sunset Watch Villa.

You won’t need to pack much to enjoy the secluded beach at Sunset Watch Villa.

Packing for your BVI vacation at Sunset Watch Villa is almost as laid back as the atmosphere here in Virgin Gorda and throughout the BVIs. Make sure to bring your passport, plenty of sunscreen and a willingness to explore – other than that, here is everything you need to know about traveling to the British Virgin Islands:

  • Currency: U.S. dollar – The majority of establishments also accept all major credit cards – Visa, Discover, MasterCard.

  • Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time – The BVI’s are one-hour ahead of CST and the same as EST.

  • Power: Standard U.S. (120V) – This means you don’t need to worry about bringing adaptors to power all of your electronics. Also, Sunset Watch is plugged into the Nail Bay Community back-up power generator system – the biggest auxiliary system in the BVIs. If the power goes out or a storm strikes, Sunset Watch is one of the only places throughout the islands with power.

  • Temperature: Virgin Gorda has year-round temps ranging from the lower 70’s to upper 80’s. The rainiest months are from September to November, but it’s always glorious here.

  • Dress: Locals and tourists adhere to tropical and casual clothing. Swimsuits are great for the beach bar while cover-ups are appreciated in a restaurant. Make sure to pack beach gear and your most comfortable, loose fitting clothes to enjoy the peaceful breeze and laid-back island life.

Now that you know what to pack for your Sunset Watch Villa vacation, you can finalize your travel plans and begin day dreaming about snorkeling in the pristine waters minutes from your Villa, exploring the luscious island or partaking in the exciting Full Moon parties.