Virgin Islands - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures

 

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you on the Virgin Islands. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.


ST THOMAS – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. Thomas' activities are as rich and varied as the items that stock the duty-free shelves of Charlotte Amalie's boutiques. Golf, tennis, fishing, yachting, and shopping are just a few of the activities available. Mahogany Run, a George and Tom Fazio-designed golf course, contains 18 of the most beautiful and challenging holes in the Caribbean. Virgin Islands Ecotours provides guided kayaking and snorkeling tours through St. Thomas' Marine Sancturary and Mangrove Lagoon and along Magens Bay. Fishing charters are abundant, and for good reason: The International Game Fish Association reports 24 world-record catches from U.S. Virgin Islands waters. Guests can even take a one-hour submarine voyage off St. Thomas to view the coral reefs and marine life of the island. For visitors who want to stay above water, Coral World Marine Park & Observatory, on the northeast shore at Coki Point, offers an underwater observatory tower, a tropical nature trail, a marine gardens aquarium, and an 80,000-gallon coral reef tank.

In and around Charlotte Amalie visitors will find a number of options. Fort Christian, the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands, is rich in history. The Paradise Point Tramway takes visitors above Charlotte Amalie for a bird's eye view of the city and the island. Blackbeard's Castle, also known as Skytsborg, stands guard over Charlotte Amalie's harbor. Government Hill provides numerous sites of historical interest, including Government House, 99 Steps, Crown House, and Seven Arches Museum. 

ST CROIX – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Much of St. Croix is as unspoiled as the day Christopher Columbus landed here more than 500 years ago. Gentle hills, turquoise waters, and quaint old towns await you upon your arrival. The main towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted boast numerous historic buildings, colorful shops, and fine restaurants along their wide streets. Historic churches still remain from the days when the towns were prosperous commercial ports.

Buck Island Underwater National Park is one of St. Croix's most popular attractions, boasting 704 acres of clear water and healthy coral reefs. Estate Whim Plantation, the Cruzan Rum Factory, and casinos are the other popular attractions on the island. Visitors to St. Croix should also take advantage of the Heritage Trail tour, in which you'll visit important landmarks in the island's rich history. Golfers will enjoy the Carambola Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, the Buccaneer Resort's Bob Joyce-designed par-70 course, and the nine-hole Reef Golf Course on Teaque Bay.

Other activities and attractions for visitors include the Divi Carina Bay Casino, the St. Croix Aquarium, St. George Village Botanical Gardens, horseback riding, biking, and duty-free shopping.

ST JOHN – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Just a twenty-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, St. John offers visitors a different world. St. John's most famous attraction, the Virgin Islands National Park, comprises about 9,500 acres of rolling green hills and an underwater reserve. Laurance Rockefeller's vision for the island more than 40 years ago has shaped the tranquil, easygoing, and environmental consciousness the island is know for today.

Since more than one-third of the national parkland is underwater, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing are popular activities on St. John. An underwater trail at Trunk Bay provides some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. The Reef Bay Trail in the national park offers hiking past natural beauty, plantation ruins, and well-preserved petroglyphs. For those less inclined to walk, tours by bus or by car are readily available. If you're just looking for peace and quiet, you'll find it on beaches including Hawksnest Bay, Trunk Bay, and Cinnamon Bay. Back in Cruz Bay, you can enjoy colorful shopping, excellent restaurants, and lively nightlife.

Visitors interested in the history of the island should visit the Elaine lone Sprauve Library and Museum, the Ivan Jadan Museum, or the Annaberg Sugar Plantation, a Danish sugar estate built in the early 1700s.


TORTOLA – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and a sheltered yacht-filled harbour characterize the island of Tortola, where the past of the West Indies meets the present of the BVI. The largest island in the chain, Tortola offers a variety of exciting vacation possibilities.

The protected anchorages at Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay, Hodge's Creek Marina Cay, Soper's Hole, and Trellis Bay are ideal for boaters. Secluded palm-shaded beaches at Apple Bay, Brewer's Bay, Elizabeth Beach, Josiah's Bay Beach, Long Bay Beach, and Smuggler's Cove make for excellent swimming and snorkelling. There are also many well-equipped facilities for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, or horseback riding.

Wander through centuries-old ruins such as the Dungeon, Fort George, Fort Recovery, the Mount Healthy Windmill, and Callwood's Rum Distillery, which is still in operation, and explore Tortola's history at the BVI Folk Museum in Road Town.

Main Street in Road Town, the capital city, has an array of shops and restaurants, offering everything from local spices, jams, rums, and soaps to hand-crafted jewellery, silk-screened fabrics, and local art. The cuisine of Tortola reflects the island's rich cultural mix, whether it's a four-star dinner at a converted sugar mill or a delicious West Indian roti at a pastel-painted cottage. Local delicacies such as fresh lobster, conch, spicy goat, curries, and Johnny Cakes make each meal memorable.

Escape to the cool slopes of Sage Mountain National Park, where traces of the primaeval rain forest can still be seen at higher elevations. On the mountain ridge that runs thorough the island, observe local Caribbean life with its gentle rhythms, farms, settlements, and churches. At Mount Healthy National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, rock outcroppings and vertical ghuts, or dry steam valleys, expose the deep, rich earth of this volcanic island. In Road Town, the J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens offer peaceful walks through pergolas and pathways covered with colourful vines, as well as a miniature rain forest and a fern house.

 

 

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