Exploring Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Guana Island British Virgin Islands

Guana Island is a lush 850-acre Garden of Eden located in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It’s just minutes by private launch north of the island of Tortola. It’s one of the islands comprising the British overseas territory in the Caribbean Sea.

Guana is one of the few remaining privately owned islands in the BVI. It has seven white powder-sand beaches and 850 acres of tropical forest, mountains, hills, and valleys. The island is mostly natural preserve and is home to the Guana Island Resort

Guana Location

Guana Island is geographically located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the BVI, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands archipelago in the Caribbean region is to the north of South America.

The British Virgin Islands comprise the main islands of Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke. More than 50 other smaller islands and cays also form part of the BVI, 16 of which are inhabited. The BVI capital Road Town is situated on Tortola, the largest island in the territory.

Guana Facts

The geographical features of Guana Island are comparable to Tortola, where the highest point is Mount Sage. That mountain has a height of 1,716 feet.

Guana is governed by the laws and regulations outlined in the 2007 the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007.

Christopher Columbus was the first European who saw the Virgin Islands in 1493. That happened on his second voyage to the Americas.

Like other Caribbean islands, Guana Island was hit hard by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. However, the island has since recovered from the damage it suffered.

Guana History

In the 18th century, two Quaker families came to Guana as part of the so-called “Quaker Experiment,” which lasted for 45 years. They used enslaved Africans and cultivated sugar cane. When the United States and England recalled them, they left behind two cannons. These are still on Guana today.

Archaeologists have extensively studied the Quaker ruins and unearthed older artifacts that give insight into Guana’s earlier Amerindian history.

Beth and Louis Bigelow of Massachusetts purchased Guana in 1934. With the help of local men, they built six stone cottages and developed a reputation as creative pioneers. Professionals, intellectuals, and world travelers came for months at a time, attracted to the simple but rich life.

Henry and Gloria Jarecki bought Guana in 1975. They improved accommodations and other facilities to maintain the island’s historic style and ambiance. An interest in conservation led them to establish a long-term restoration program. They sought to protect the island’s flora and fauna and bring back once-common species.

Scientists say Guana has more flora and fauna than any Caribbean island of its size.

The restoration program has brought uprooted species back to Guana and other Virgin Islands. The stout iguana had survived only on Anegada but now flourishes on Guana and other islands. Other plant and animal species that the program restored include the red-legged tortoise and the Bridled Quail-dove.

The program also nurtured the Caribbean flamingo, the White-crowned Pigeon, and Eggers’ mallow tree. It also cared for the Virgin Islands euphorb, Hohenberg’s ground bromeliad, and a unique bromeliad found nowhere else.

Guana also has three reef areas. White Bay is a set of parallel patch reefs in shallow water without strong waves or currents. The coral reefs are home to about 100 tropical reef fishes. Waving gorgonians called fan corals and various species of hard corals also live on the reefs.

Muskmelon Bay is a deep bay with reefs at 60 to 80 feet. You can find large oceanic fishes like tuna and king mackerel there. North Bay is a windward, rough-water bay with deep reefs and wrecks.

Guana Island Activities
Water Sports

Take a small sailboat, transparent kayak, pedal boat or windsurfer out from White Bay Beach. Snorkel, or just relax on a lounge or hammock. Enjoy an afternoon of water-skiing, take a day trip to another island, scuba dive, try deep-sea fishing, sailing – and more. Guests can arrange all activities through Guana Island Resort.

Natural Beauty

Guana is a secluded, romantic virgin island of the British Virgin Islands. It’s a hideaway nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary that protects indigenous flora and fauna. Enjoy watching flamingoes and other birds as well as feeding iguana on Guana Island.

The island is also unique for its 12 miles of hiking and walking trails,, which are all well-maintained. Are you a fitness enthusiast? tTry walking or running the paths along the flat, 30 acres of green fields separating the Beach and the Flamingo Pond.

Afterwards, reward yourself with a soothing or exhilarating massage at The Guana Island Resort Waters-Edge Beach Spa. And while you’re there, look off toward the west. There, you’ll see the sunset tinges the blue Caribbean with bands of pink and gold and orange.

Guana Island Beaches

Let’s begin, as most guests do, with White Bay Beach “arguably the finest beach in the BVI” according to Caribbean Travel & Life. This half-mile stretch of glistening white powder sand is the beach you see in daydreams of the Caribbean. Swim in the gentle, clear blue ocean and enjoy an assortment of water sports activities available to you. Or, just relax on a lounge or hammock, comforted by the trade winds.

There are six more secluded beaches to visit on Guana Island. They are so remote they are accessible only by boat or on foot. Request a special Castaway Picnic and take a small sailboat or kayak to one of these private beaches. There, you can snorkel the reefs or watch the pelicans dive.

Guana Island Dining

Guana Island is an oasis of privacy. In this natural setting, you can savor excellent gourmet food and wine, spa cuisine, and exceptional personal service. The dining terrace at The Guana Island Resort overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean. At breakfast and lunch, enjoy splendid buffets that range from the healthful to the sinful.

Choose a Castaway Picnic for lunch and let a private boat charter whisk you away. Enjoy the afternoon on a beach all your own. Satisfy your taste buds with locally-grown fruit on the beach, or relax with “high-tea” and fresh-baked cookies at ‘The Club .

For cocktails, guests gather again on the Queen’s Terrace, named for the Queen Mother on her 1964 visit to the Island. As the sun sets, some hope for a glimpse of the green flash — a blink of iridescent chartreuse when the sun meets the ocean. Somehow, this is not visible to everyone.
Guests are encouraged, but not required, to mingle with others. However, it’s hard not to be at least convivial in such a setting.

For dinner, you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood, Island-grown fruits and vegetables, and home-baked bread. The staff serve these on china and crystal. Then comes the rest of the star-filled night.

Guana Island Getting Around

Guests can utilize the Guana Island shuttle transportation around the island. Shuttle transportation is by mule, golf cart, or boat used for the beaches, which you can best access from the water. Most guests walk as the distances are quite short.

CONTACT US for more Information about Guana Island British Virgin Islands at (321) 777-1707

Guana Island Getting There

Fly by commercial airline to the Beef Island Airport on Tortola via San Juan, St. Thomas, or Antigua. (The airport also accommodates private planes).

Guana Island Resort will send a private boat to pick you up. Then, it’s just a matter of minutes on the Guana launch. As we hope you’ll soon find out for yourself, the only difficult part about a trip to Guana is leaving it.

CONTACT US for more Information about Guana Island British Virgin Islands at (321) 777-1707

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