The annual Xmas in July party kicks off in Virgin Gorda, BVI on Saturday 20 July 2024. If you love a party, this is one of the biggest events in the Caribbean!
By Sara Sherman Photo of Xmas in July 2023 at Pond Bay by Javierto Mar

Virgin Gorda’s sailing reputation is almost unparalleled in the Caribbean. So with summer in full swing, a special event at Pond Bay is back for its 12th year of fun.

Organised by Wally Castro Marine, Marcos Rivera and the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission, Xmas in July has become a mainstay event and a highlight for sailing and boating enthusiasts.

Boaters from the neighbouring island of Puerto Rico, affectionately known as “The Puerto Rican Navy”, join BVI locals and visitors for a weekend of revelry on the beach and also experiencing all the BVI has to offer – from exhilarating watersports to island sightseeing, music, culture, food, beverage and much more.

In 2023, a record 400 boats and more than 5,000 party-goers gathered for an unforgettable weekend of fun in the gorgeous surroundings of Virgin Gorda.

This year, guests will enjoy island sounds with live music from bands from the BVI and Puerto Rico, while local restaurants offer delicious food to keep partygoers satisfied on the beach.

One wouldn’t be caught without a cold beverage in hand, and they taste better on a beach with friends!

The Xmas in July event also champions local non-profit organisations and environmental conservation. With dedicated initiatives throughout the event, Xmas in July shows off the beauty of the Territory and boosts the economy with a collaborative and co-operative vibe.

“Xmas in July, produced by Wally Castro Marine, is a cherished event that unites the BVI and Puerto Rican boating communities, contributing significantly to tourism and our local economy,” said Clive McCoy, Director of British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission.