Virgin Islands Vacation
You want to relax and unwind. The kids want action and adventure. You want a deserted beach with a gentle breeze through swaying palms. They want a beach party with steel drums, lots of friends and water sports. You want to travel to exotic places and experience the local culture. They want to travel to exotic places and find adventure. How does everyone get what they want? Easy.The solution is as close as the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Southeast of Florida and about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands are the world’s best kept secret. They’re unique, because four islands are in the U.S., while the other sixty(ish) are British–so passport or not, paradise awaits.
The largest airport in the region is on beautiful St. Thomas, which is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We recommend that you plan to fly into St. Thomas due to the number of available flights from multiple destinations and of course, you can avoid the hassle of customs.
Once on the islands, rent a private day boat charter from Pirate’s Paradise Adventures to get to the British Virgin Islands. While you sip a cool drink on the beach, our captain will clear customs for you simply and quickly.
Top Spots In The United States Virgin Islands
Trunk Bay on beautiful St. John and Magen’s Bay on St. Thomas are two world famous beaches in the US Virgin Islands, but each offers completely different experiences. In common, they both have azure blue and turquoise waters, powdery soft white sand and swaying palms trees. In fact, Trunk bay is consistently voted among the Top Ten Beaches in the World by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. You’ve probably seen these two bays on more travel magazine covers than any other bays in the world–they are the supermodels of beaches! Both are perfect if you just want to relax on a hammock while enjoying the gentle sea breeze or float in calm, clear warm waters. Trunk Bay’s surrounding reef is great for snorkeling and Magen’s Bay is perfect for swimming or kayaking–or young children, since there’s virtually no waves.
St. Thomas itself is a major hub for cruise ships and is home to the area’s largest airport, so on this island, you’ll find a bustling city, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and more population than any other of the US Virgin Islands. Because of the amount of people on the island, the beaches are hopping too, and Magen’s Bay is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Lots to do and see here!
In contrast, St. John is home to just 4,000 residents and is only accessible by boat or seaplane. This sleepy little U.S. Virgin island is quiet, with a small city center in Cruz Bay. The majority of the island is designated as National Park land that can never be developed, so it’s beauty is natural and unbelievable. The beaches are almost never crowded and often deserted, and it’s truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Top Spots In The British Virgin Islands
Rent a boat from a St. Thomas Boat Rental company and a short ride from the USVI are the British Virgin Islands. These islands are a play land with lots to do and see, and many places to do nothing. You’ll see completely deserted pristine beaches, world famous beach bars, old ruins from sugar mills, pirate lore and much more. Jost Van Dyke is the largest of the 60 islands that make up the BVI. Apart from it’s lovely beaches and awesome snorkeling, this is where you’ll find Great Harbour Bay and it’s fantastic beach bars that are known the world over. Time Magazine lists Foxy’s, on Great Harbour, as the third best place to spend New Year’s Eve–that’s how amazing this place is! We also recommend that you stop by the Soggy Dollar on White Bay–not just because White Bay is incredibly beautiful, but because to get to the Soggy Dollar, you’ve got to swim to shore from the boat. Order a Painkiller, because THIS is the bar that created them–then pay with wet dollar bills and watch how they dry them!
Norman Island is another great place to visit for some fun and adventure. There is a series of caves that you can snorkel through that are home to stunning coral formations, colorful and friendly fish and awesome adventure. Norman Island is privately owned and uninhabited, and is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, “Treasure Island.” It is rumored, and even documented that pirates hid tons of buried treasure in this area that, to this day, has not been found, so keep lookout while inside the caves–you might just find yourself a silver pirate coin.
A trip to the Virgin Islands is definitely the solution for your perfect family vacation—so much so that you may never want to leave. The only way to enjoy all the Virgin islands have to offer is to charter your own private boat from Pirates Paradise Adventures. We can help you plan an itinerary or take you where ever you want to go–all in comfort and style anywhere in the