The Most Talked About Tourists in the British Virgin Islands: The Obamas

By :- Janette Brin


In this photo taken on Feb 2, 2017, L-R: His Excellency the Governor, John Duncan, OBE; wife of the Governor, Mrs. Anne-Marie Duncan; former U.S. President Barack Obama; Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE; BVI First Lady Mrs. Lorna Smith, OBE; former First Lady (U.S.) Michelle Obama.
The Governor and Premier, accompanied by their spouses, bade farewell to the Obamas, who ended their ten-day private stay in the BVI. The Obamas said they enjoyed their visit tremendously and hope to return with their daughters in the near future. Premier Smith said, “I have followed President Obama’s two terms in the White House and I am filled with admiration for his accomplishment. The fact that the Obamas chose the BVI for their private vacation after eight years in the White House speaks to the high regard in which the BVI and its tourism product are held.” (Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer)

It was just days following his two terms in office, former U.S. President Barrack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle choose the British Virgin Islands for some much needed relaxation. It was definately bye bye White House and hello to a luxary beachside villa in Natures Little Secret. The World's favourite U.S. President arrived at the Terrance B Lettsome in the British Virgin Islands on January 23rd at 8:47pm, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News. As rumors started to circulate confirmation of the Obamas arrival came when a photo that the couple took with the local Chief of Police and immigration officers quickly started circulating on the internet.

After arriving on Sir Richard Branson's private jet under tight security the Obamas headed to Trillis Bay where the photo was taken. There they caught a private boat and left for Neckar Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island - just a 30-40 minute boat ride away from the airport. Days later the Obama's were spotted hanging out on the island of Anegada, one of the four main islands of the British territory. Joined by Branson and his wife, they even posed for a photo with some of the locals infront Ann's Gift Shop. The island of Anegada is actually the most secluded of the British Virgin Islands is quickly becoming known for the best place to get lobsters. Anegada hosts their Annual Lobster Festival at the end of November. To learn more visit the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board website at

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