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Anegada is the northernmost of the British Virgin Islands. It lies 15 miles north of Virgin Gorda. Unlike the other British Virgin Islands which are of volcanic origin, Anegada is the only inhabited British Virgin Island formed from coral and limestone. While the other islands are mountainous, Anegada is flat and low. Its highest point is only about 28 feet above sea level, hence its name, which is the Spanish term for flooded land, “tierra anegada”.

Diver in the BVI. Photo by Start Livin on Unsplash.

At about 15 square miles, Anegada is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands. Interestingly, however, it is also the most sparsely populated of the main islands. Most of the population live in the only village, The Settlement.


On average, temperatures are always warm. The warmest months (with the highest average high temperature of 87°F) are August and September. Months with the lowest average high temperature of 73°F are January, February, March, and December. September has the most rain and March has the least. Because evenings may be breezy at times, you may want to bring a light sweater or jacket.

Anegada: Things to see and do

  • Snorkel or dive at Horseshoe Reef, the fourth largest barrier coral reef in the world. This marine conservation area is ideal for spotting colorful fish and even sunken ships.
  • Enjoy a day at the pristine Cow Wreck Beach, Loblolly Beach, or Flash of Beauty Beach.
  • Bird watch at Flamingo Pond.
  • Visit the Faulkner House Museum and learn about Theodolph Halburn Faulkner, a political activist who played a vital role in Anegada history.
  • Enjoy Anegada lobster at The Wonky Dog restaurant.
  • Take a walk on the nature trail at Bones Bight. You might spot a rare rock iguana native to the island.


Anegada does not have any marinas. However, you can find designated anchorage sites and moorings around most of the other islands.