Those who will be visiting the British Virgin Islands need to know a thing or two before arriving at their destination. First off, there are no direct flights from the United States to the chain of islands that make up the US and British Virgin Islands. This means, visitors need to fly into Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas island, which is located in the US Virgin Islands and then ferry on to the destination of their choice. Or take a carrier to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, which is connected by bridge to Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands.
Places To Visit
What makes the US and British Virgin Islands a big hit amongst vacationers and adventure enthusiasts are the pristine, white sand beaches, yacht filled harbors, lush green valleys and picturesque mountains. The destination is so incredibly beautiful that visitors cannot help but go out and explore the many islands under the glare of the tropical sun. Visiting these places on a Virgin Islands boat rental will ensure that you make the most of your vacation at one of the world’s most exclusive luxury travel destination.
Water Island – US Virgin Islands
Located just 10 minutes away from Charlotte Amalie, a city and port at St. Thomas, and the capital of the United States Virgin Islands is another little-known island called Water Island. The destination is a paradise for those who want to skip the (duty-free) shopping at St. Thomas and become one with nature. Here you will find the flat coastal trails perfect for hiking, and you can also explore the old WWII-era underground ruins of Ft. Segarra.
The island is only inhibited by 200 or so inhabitants, making it a great destination to enjoy a secluded walk down the sunshine-soaked beach, and get acquainted with the permanent residents of the exotic island, the red-footed tortoise, pelicans, and iguanas. The island is dotted with inexpensive villas, so there’s no problem finding a place to stay if you’re tired with all the island hopping.
Jost Van Dyke – British Virgin Islands
Named after a Dutch privateer, the island of Jost Van Dyke has a colorful past that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area. The three square mile isle was rumored to be a pirate hangout, but has now turned into a vacationer’s paradise. But the treasures you will find here are of a different kind. You can drop anchor at the harbor and take a walk down to one of the most famous bar’s in the BVI, the Soggy Dollar Bar, the home of the original Painkiller cocktail. After you’ve downed a few coconutty beverages you can hike to the island’s famous Bubbly Pool, known for its breaking waves.
Point Udall, St. Croix – US Virgin Islands
Point Udall is located at the easternmost point of the island of St. Croix. The angular monument, which is a stone sun-dial was named after Steward Udall, who served as Secretary of the Interior under John F. Kennedy. Other places to visit on the island is Fort Christiansvaern, a Danish colonial building that’s long been abandoned. To the west you’ll find St. George Village Botanical Gardens, and other archaeological sites, which offer an interesting alternative from the palm lined beaches of St. Croix.
Virgin Islands National Park – US Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands National Park occupies the majority of St. John and is considered to be famous for its temperate waters and white sandy beaches. Travelers are attracted by the untouched natural surroundings of the Virgin Islands National Park, making it a must-visit for vacationers. Here, you will also find an extensive hiking trail, where hikers go to get off the beaten path and explore the island’s beauty. The Lind Point hiking trail starts from the north side of Cruz Bay harbor and stretches to two beaches, Salomon Beach and Honey Beach, that are only accessible on foot, making it an interesting place to visit at St. John.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas – US Virgin Islands
Known as “The Castle” and once liar of infamous pirate Blackbeard, is a popular tourist attraction. Constructed in 1679 by Danish colonists, Blackbeard’s Castle is one of the five National Historic Landmarks that are located within the Virgin Islands and attracts quite a crowd. Since Blackbeard was known to operate in and around the Virgin Islands, getting a St. Thomas yacht, to this destination will be well worth the trip.
Anegada – British Virgin Islands
Anegada is a coral atoll that’s part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The low-lying coral island is the ideal place for those who wish to get away from the crowds thanks to its secluded beaches. Another reason why Anegada doesn’t attract many people is because only a few ferries travel to the island (three a week), which is a good thing. But, you can go up there if you have your own Virgin Islands charter. The island is famous for its lobster, which is somewhat of a specialty. Every November, Anegada hosts the annual Lobster Festival, which is heaven for lobster lovers.
St. John – US Virgin Islands
The smallest of the three main islands that make up the USVI chain, travelers can get here by hiring a St. John boat rental. Once there, cut through the Reef Bay Trail that begins from the center of the island and goes through a sugar plantation, stone ruins and a deserted sugar factory. You will also get to catch a glimpse of ancient petroglyphs, carved by the Taino people around 200 A.D. whose civilization lasted until the arrival of Europeans to the island in the 1400s.
The Virgin Islands have a storied and fascinating history, along with lots to explore, and the best way to do that is by hiring a Virgin Islands boat rental.