One of these things is not like the others…
In the case of the idyllic archipelago that is the British Virgin Islands, the one island that’s truly set apart is Anegada.
This is not solely due to geography, though Anegada sits a good 15 miles north of its BVI brethren.
It’s also not entirely due to its composition. Unlike every other inhabited island in the BVI’s, Anegada’s landmass is made up of limestone and coral. All other BVI soil is volcanic; their topography dramatically more mountainous and lush than what you’ll find in Anegada…
That is, if you can get there in the first place.
Indeed, the thing that most sets Anegada apart is Horseshoe Reef, an 18-mile stretch of massive coral heads encircling much of the island.
In the rest of the BVI’s, charter boats sail freely among much more manageable waters. Not so in Anegada. Conditions around Horseshoe Reef are so treacherous for all but the most experienced local sailors that BVI charter companies forbid clients from even attempting to get over to Anegada. The estimated 300 or so wrecks that line the reef lend credence to their caution.
(More on Anegada and the limited ways to get there here.)
All of this keeps the miles and miles of amazing Anegada beaches, like the ones that line Cow Wreck Beach pictured above, blessedly devoid of crowds, and thus perfect for us.
*Photo credit: Flickr user ScubaBear68.