The United States and British Virgins Islands are one of our favorite places to travel.
We love the amazingly clear blue water, puffy clouds, and friendly people. The islands we have visited to date are St. John, St. Thomas, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Pusser’s Key.
Let’s talk about each island!
If there ever was a heaven on Earth, I think it’s St. John. St. John is mostly a National Park full of windy roads, ruins, palm trees, friendly people, good food and AMAZING beaches.
Trunk Bay is one it’s most recognizable beaches. I mean, look at this!
One of our favorite places to snorkel here is Watermelon Cay. There is a bit of a hike to get to the area so pack lightly but be sure and bring water, snacks and your snorkel gear. You can rent snorkel gear in Cruz Bay if you don’t have your own.
There is an abundance of sea life around Watermelon Cay. Our last trip we were able to see a few sea turtles, sting rays, lots of tropical fish and we saw two baby sharks near shore.
Cruz Bay is a great waterfront town full of restaurants and shopping. My favorite restaurant to visit when we are on St. John is Woody’s Seafood Saloon. The house salad with blackened Mahi Mahi is amazing after a day of snorkeling.
St. John is a part of the United States Virgin Islands.
Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is home to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. The Soggy Dollar Bar is located on White Bay, one of the most pristine and beautiful places. This area is only accessible by boat, you literally jump off the boat and swim to shore.
There are several other beach bars that dot the beach with drinks and fresh seafood flowing. It is an amazingly fun experience. If you are every near that area, I’d definitely recommend making the trip.
Jost Van Dyke is a part of the British Virgin Islands and a passport is required to visit.
Virgin Gorda is home to The Baths National Park. The granite boulders located here are just awe-inspiring to see and walk through. There are tide pools located throughout and beautiful beaches.
You can go to the park alone or with a guide. Most people are with guides as they are there as part of an excursion from the US Virgin Islands.
Virgin Gorda is a part of the British Virgin Islands and a passport is required to visit.
St. Thomas is the most populated of the United States Virgin Islands. The island is dotted with beaches, shops, and restaurants. There are also cruise ships that dock most days in the town of Charlotte Amalie.
I would say that St. Thomas is a great base if you want to travel to several islands.
One Last Thing – Virgin Island Courtesy
One last thing, the locals are huge on beginning any conversation with a “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.” This is a respectful way to begin a conversation with them.