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When stars like Beyoncé, Paula Abdul and Brooklyn Decker need to relax and recharge, they set their course for the British Virgin Islands. The scenic string of Caribbean islands, 60 miles east of Puerto Rico, is an ocean-lover’s playground.

Necker Island, the private island paradise owned by Virgin Airlines boss Sir Richard Branson, has hosted stars including Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey. A seven-night, all-inclusive stay on Necker starts at $25,400 per couple, but you don’t need a superstar budget to discover the rest of the region.

The British Virgin Islands’ capital, Tortola, is just a short hop from Puerto Rico on Cape Air. Picturesque Virgin Gorda — just 40 minutes by ferry from Tortola — is also a popular spot to explore this enchanting archipelago. For more info, visit bvitourism.com.

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