Cooper Island, formerly known as Bergen Island under Sweden-Norway administration until 1905, is a small island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. The origin of the island’s name is somewhat uncertain. However, there are two theories: it was named for its first settlers, a Dutch family named Koop. Or, it was named Cooper for the coopers that came to collect the white cedar used for making rum barrels.
Cooper Island is warm to hot throughout the year. The trade winds influence the weather. The most pleasant period is from December to March when the average temperature is around 75/77 °F. The hottest and most humid period is from May to October when the daily average is around 82 °F.
Cooper Island: Things to see and do
- Snorkel and dive: The island lies adjacent to wreck alley, a popular wreck diving site. Here, you will find a number of vessels deliberately sunk as dive sites. A local dive store near the beach club rents tanks to certified scuba divers.
- Taste local rum at the Cooper Island Resort’s rum bar. Or, try a rum sampler board and the knowledgeable staff will explain their origins and history.
Pick up a mooring in Manchineel Bay on a first-come basis. The Cooper Island Beach club manages twenty-six mooring balls. You may also use one of ten privately owned mooring balls. The area has good anchoring.