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All about Moskito Island
Richard Branson’s almost 40 year love affair with the British Virgin Islands prompted him to acquire Moskito Island in 2007, in clear sight and just two miles away from Necker Island, purchased in 1978. Over the past few years, work has been underway to completely transform the island and to include a stunning recreational area as well as the three villa, 11 bedroom Branson Estate.
Despite the name, Moskito Island is no different from the rest of the British Virgin Islands when it comes to any flying creatures you might encounter! The first printed reference to the island labelled it as ‘Musketa’ which was likely an old anglicised spelling of the word musket. By the mid-nineteenth century, the name as it was written had evolved to Moskito, and was even rumoured to be related to a tribe of native Indians as this population never travelled much beyond the coast of Honduras in Central America. There was a small resort and restaurant that operated from the mid-1960s until the last turn of the century, but the existing development began in 2010, and ownership of the island is now shared amongst a number of individual homeowners.