U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean – The Palms at Pelican Cove

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The Palms at Pelican Cove

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean

 

An Introduction to the Virgin Islands

 

Located on a beautiful stretch of beach on St. Croix, The Palms at Pelican Cove combine comfort and elegance to truly make this resort feel like home.

The Palms at Pelican Cove made history when they received the first internationally recognized Blue Flag in the US Virgin Islands which symbolizes that this resort offers the highest standards regarding water quality, safety, environmental management, and education.

Their 40 beachfront guest rooms are clustered in 2 freestanding buildings designed with your comfort and privacy in mind.  Each room has its own separate patio or balcony, complete with a sea breeze and breathtaking views of the ocean or garden.

Resort Amenities

  • 8 acres of coconut palms and white sand beaches that span the entire length of The Palms property
  • The Palms Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating
  • The Mahogany Bar, which also offers a casual bar menu
  • PADI 5 Star Dive Center
  • Expansive freshwater pool
  • Complimentary Business Lounge
  • Book Exchange
  • Tennis Court with complimentary use of tennis equipment

Guests at The Palms have a wide variety of activities at the resort.  Choose from enjoying the expansive beaches to tennis to morning yoga on the beaches.  Turtle watching can be done in season, and for those who can’t get away from business, guests can enjoy complimentary wireless internet access.  Island Tours can also be arranged at the Front Desk.

The Palms has teamed up with S.C.U.B.A, a PADI 5 Star Dive Center for all water wishes!  St. Croix has it all – dive walls, wrecks, reefs, a pier, and night dives.  Snorkeling gear is complimentary to guests and a top spot, the Long Reef, is just a few yards offshore.

Nightly entertainment and fun can be had by all at The Palms Restaurant and Mahogany Bar – with trivia night, Caribbean night, and live music.

 

Photos courtesy of The Palms at Pelican Cove and Cane Bay Dive Shop.

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Accommodations

Choose from 40 guest rooms, where privacy and comfort were specifically used in the design.  Each of the large rooms either have a King or Queen.  The spacious rooms on the first floor will have a private beachfront patio (just steps from the sand) and the large rooms on the second floor have a private beachfront balcony.

All rooms at The Palms are air conditioned and feature:

  • King bed with sleeper sofa or 2 Queen beds
  • Ceiling fans
  • Cable TV
  • Refrigerators
  • Coffee Makers
  • Double Sink Vanities
  • In room safety deposit boxes

 

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An Introduction to Virgin Islands

An Introduction to the Virgin Islands

 

Formally the stomping grounds of some of history’s most famous pirates, the Virgin Islands are now invaded by thousands of visitors who arrive daily by air and by sea. There are approximately 100 green, hilly islands, some governed by the United States and some by Great Britain. Most are extremely small and uninhabited, except for a few birds or the odd explorer seeking solitude while they snorkel or swim, though it is possible to rent an entire island for yourself. Most Virgin Islands natives are descendants of African slaves who worked the sugar-cane plantations, though in recent years, the local population has boomed with a vast number of "Down Islanders" - people migrating from other Caribbean islands, as well as many Americans who just couldn’t bear to leave the island way of life. St. Thomas and St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, are extremely busy, but the laid-back lifestyle of the islands’ days of old may still be found in St. John and some pockets of the British Virgins, particularly Virgin Gorda.

ST, THOMAS – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the islands with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and the most visited port in the Caribbean. Elegant dining, exciting nightlife, and world-class duty-free shopping are abundant in Charlotte Amalie. The city's reputation as the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean draws visitors from all over the region and around the world. A mountainous island, St. Thomas offers stunning vistas in almost every direction. While Charlotte Amalie is full of energy, St. Thomas also provides natural wonders such as the indescribably beautiful Magens Bay and stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level. Drake's Seat is particularly famous for its vistas. Sports and activities are abundant on St. Thomas. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy the George and Tom Fazio-designed Mahogany Run course. St. Thomas is also well known for its world-class yachting and sport fishing.

ST CROIX – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. Croix’s rich culture and history, along with its beautiful beaches and world-class recreational activities, create an experience unlike any other in the Caribbean. Since the day Christopher Columbus first arrived at Salt River on St. Croix more than 500 years ago, sugar and rum have shaped the island's life and land. Fifty-four sugar mills, each with imposing windmill towers and factory chimneys, still rest in the shadows of stately eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century homes. Located on the west end of the island, Estate Whim Plantation is just one example of these "great houses." With acres of rolling green hills, St. Croix’s plantation estates also bore crops of okra, cabbage, corn, and other vegetables still prominent in Caribbean cuisine. As the sugar industry declined after the 1960s, tourism became the most important industry on the island. Christiansted and Frederiksted, the two main towns of St. Croix, flourished as commercial ports during the eighteenth century and nineteenth century. Distinct architecture reflects the seven flags--Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Knights of Malta, Danish, and American -- that have flown over the island. Today, visitors to St. Croix can enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities, from fine dining, shopping, and a casino, to golf, scuba diving, and horseback riding.

ST JOHN – U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, retains a tranquil, unspoiled beauty uncommon in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. Settled in the early 1700s by Danish immigrants attracted to the island's potential as a sugar cane-producing colony, St. John soon blossomed into a thriving society. The ruins of the Annaberg Sugar Plantation and other smaller plantations on the island attest to the island's agricultural history. The extensive sugar cane farming, however, did little to affect the natural beauty of St. John. Its unspoiled forests and stunning beaches attracted the attention of wealthy families such as the Rockefellers, who sought privacy and tranquility on the island. In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller was so moved by the island that he bought and donated broad expanses of land to the National Park Service to keep St. John "a thing of joy forever." Today, two-thirds of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, featuring fascinating trails, secluded coves, and dazzling white beaches. The Reef Bay Trail takes hikers through dense forests, plantation ruins, and rock outcroppings marked by well-preserved petroglyphs. Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and Maho Bay are just four of the dozens of beaches. Cruz Bay, the center of activity on St. John, contains colorful shops, lively bars, and fabulous restaurants.

TORTOLA – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and a sheltered yacht-filled harbor 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 snorkeling. There are also many well-equipped facilities for fishing, snorkeling, 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 jewelry, 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.

VIRGIN GORDA – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The dramatically shaped island of Virgin Gorda reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, so he named it Virgin Gorda, the "Fat Virgin." The third largest island of the BVI, Virgin Gorda measures eight and a half square miles. In addition to the sheer beauty of the island, travelers are drawn to Virgin Gorda for its yacht clubs, quiet coves, safe anchorages, and luxury resorts. On the North Sound, the Bitter End Yacht Club, accessible only by water, offers relaxation in an extraordinary, secluded environment. And with its spectacular setting, Little Dix Bay Resort, designed by Laurance S. Rockefeller, has its own spectacular setting. Your privacy is ensured at one of Virgin Gorda's deserted pristine beaches, such as Savannah Bay, Pond Bay, Devil's Bay, Mahoe Bay and Spring Bay. Or visit the most popular natural attraction in the BVI, The Baths, where huge granite boulders create mysterious grottoes, saltwater pools, and a connecting trail that entices visitors to spend a day exploring, swimming, and snorkeling. Explore Virgin Gorda on the rugged trails that run throughout the island, and see the huge variety of unique indigenous plants that thrive in the National Parks at Gorda Peak, Devil's Bay, Spring Bay, and the North Sound. At the nature sanctuary at Little Fort National Park, marvel at the exotic birds as they swoop over the hills and ocean.

JOST VAN DYKE – BRITSH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Jost Van Dyke has fewer than 200 inhabitants, and they are widely known as a welcoming people. The island's name conjures up its rich, colorful past. Jost Van Dyke is said to have been named for an early Dutch settler, a former pirate. Although it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet, this rugged island has been home to many people, including the Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans, and British. At Great Harbor, Little Harbor, and White Bay there are safe, protected anchorages and unspoiled beaches shaded with coconut palms and sea grape trees. Discover inviting restaurants, bars, and small shops selling local treasures. For lunch there are barbecues, West Indian rotis, flying fish sandwiches, grilled fresh fish, and lobster. Club Paradise is famous for its conch stew and barbecued ribs. Happy Laury's Snack Bar is known for its pig roasts and honey-dipped chicken. And the Soggy Dollar Bar and Gertrude's in White Bay are renowned for drinks made with the island's famous rum, frosty beers, and tales of pirates and sunken treasure. Parties here are legendary, especially at Foxy's. This bar and its owner are known to travelers from around the world for the New Year's Eve and Halloween parties, when Great Harbor fills up with yachts. The "Painkiller," one of the most famous cocktails in the Caribbean, was invented at The Soggy Dollar Bar. Explore Jost Van Dyke's history in the vegetation-covered ruins of centuries-old sugar mills, or on the old trails that crisscross the island. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, was born on Jost Van Dyke, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society, was born on neighboring Little Jost. In the autumn and winter, observe whales and dolphins from a peaceful hilltop, or visit the East End of the island, where you can relax in the natural Jacuzzi formed by the foaming seas. Little Jost and Sandy Cay are a short boat ride away, and on nearby Great Tobago you'll find extraordinary and advanced dive sites, and a marine sanctuary that shelters a nesting colony of magnificent frigate birds.

ANEGADA – BRITSH VIRGIN ISLANDS

The only coral island in the volcanic BVI chain, Anegada is a world apart. The Spanish named it Anegada, the "Drowned Land." Measuring 11 miles by three, its highest point is just 28 feet above sea level. The island is surrounded by Horseshoe Reef, one of the world's longest at 18 miles. Cow Wreck Beach, Flash of Beauty, Bones Bight, and Windlass Bight are but a few of the beautiful beaches where you can relax under the shade of a coconut palm or sea grape tree. The secluded powdery white-sand beaches are protected by the sheltering reef and the points that sweep out from the shore: Nutmeg Point, Setting Point, and Pomato Point. Bubbling up from the coral bed, clear springs support a variety of wildlife. Loblolly, sea grape, frangipani and the turpentine tree flourish here, along with feathery sea lavender and wild orchids. Saltwater ponds, mudflats and mangrove swamps are home to an array of exotic birds, including sandpipers, ospreys, terns, kaloo birds, blue herons, and frigate birds. In the ponds near Nutmeg Point, flocks of flamingos gather. On the nature trail at Bones Bight, catch a glimpse of the rare rock iguana native to Anegada. For snorkelers, the reef offers a maze of tunnels, drops and caves boasting a rich marine life. Schools of mojarra and needlefish thrive in the sandy bottoms, while green sea turtles swim in the sheltered waters. Beyond the reef, spectacular sights await scuba divers. Angelfish, stingrays, triggerfish, parrotfish, blue tang, and horse-eye jacks inhabit the drowned holds of the numerous Spanish galleons, American privateers and British warships that have been wrecked here. Anegada has all the facilities needed for most water sports, as well as bone fishing or sport fishing.

OTHER ISLANDS OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Scattered in an aquamarine sea, the British Virgin Islands flank the broad Sir Francis Drake Channel, which has beguiled sailors for centuries with scalloped coves and good anchorages. There are over 60 islands in all, whose names reflect their colorful past. Among these are Buck Island, Fallen Jerusalem, Ginger Island, Great Camanoe, Round Rock and Scrub Island. Visitors soon discover pristine palm-fringed beaches, rugged peaks, and rich vegetation. Some islands are uninhabited and designated as National Parks. Idyllic Cooper Island, just five miles from Tortola, offers visitors the perfect getaway with four privately owned properties and a small beach club on Manchioneel Bay. Explore the island on foot and observe the extraordinary variety of exotic plants and birds. Water-ski, snorkel, or dive in the clear blue waters and discover the rich marine life. Scuba, kayaking, and fishing facilities are also available, plus a dinghy to explore the nearby islands. Or laze on a white-sand beach fringed with coconut palms, bougainvillea, and frangipani, and watch the yachts glide by on the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Nature reserve and luxurious resort come together on Guana Island. The 850-acre island reserve has just one resort, the Guana Island Club, perhaps the most private hideaway in the Caribbean. Rent the entire island or just a cottage. With seven beaches and two oceans to choose from, a memorable holiday is guaranteed. Hike on one of the many trails that crisscross this rugged island and see the protected wildlife. Climb to the highest point, Sugarloaf Mountain at 806 feet above sea level, for unparalleled views. Or visit the ruins of a Quaker sugar mill and old cannon emplacements and experience the island's history. Little Thatch is a breathtakingly beautiful islet of just 54 acres located southwest of Tortola's West End. Your privacy is guaranteed with just one lodging opportunity. Sea Grape Cottage, a secluded waterfront dwelling, is surrounded by a wraparound porch and hidden behind lush tropical vegetation and a stone wall. Guests can swim, snorkel, and boat from the beaches that fringe the island. Marina Cay is situated in a peacock-blue sea surrounded by coral reefs, where the waters turn to emerald and the sand to white powder. A quick ferry ride across Trellis Bay, this perfect islet inspired a popular book and film. There's just one resort and a small hotel, so your peace is guaranteed. If you arrive by boat along the Sir Francis Drake Channel, you'll find good anchorage, a delicious meal, and a friendly welcome. Necker Island, owned by Sir Richard Branson, has become a magnet for celebrities. This tiny private island rises dramatically from the aquamarine waters and offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The entire island can be rented for a day or a month. Accommodations include the main Balinese style house that sits majestically on top of the hill, offering extraordinary wraparound views. There are also several guest cottages at the water's edge. On rugged Norman Island, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island, adventure can still be found, especially around Treasure Point. Here, bays, reefs, and caves provide a memorable experience for snorkelers. Norman Island is just two and a half miles long with a central ridge that rises to Norman Hill, 427 feet above sea level. No one lives here except a handful of goats that forage on the steep slopes. For yachtsmen it offers several safe bays and offshore reefs, Soldiers Bay, Money Bay, and the Bight, one of the most protected harbors in the region. Peter Island, an 1,800-acre island with just one resort, is accessible only by water, and offers superb sporting facilities plus five miles of secluded beaches. Accommodations include Crow's Nest, a hilltop villa with four bedrooms and panoramic views, and beachside cottages nestled among coconut palm and sea grape trees. Hike the Loop, the dramatic bluff on the south side of the island, or visit the wreck of the RMS Rhone. This British mail ship sank in a fierce storm in 1867, creating one of the most extraordinary dive sites in the Caribbean. Dine at the Tradewind's Restaurant or lunch at Deadman's Beach Bar and Grill while watching sea turtles swim ashore to bask in the sun. Saba Rock is one of several beautiful islands that guard the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. With just one extraordinary resort, it offers a sense of total seclusion. Fringed on three sides by pristine white sands, Sandy Cay is alive with sea grape trees, coconut palms and a small pond that provides a habitat for many rare species. Hike the nature trail that winds through the island, or simply bask on the perfect beach. Unspoiled Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands is the future home of the luxurious and refreshing Mainsail Resort Marina & Spa. This private island is just one mile from Beef Island/Tortola where the airport is located. Guests of the island are overwhelmed by the panoramic views, white sand beaches, lush tropical foliage and gorgeous, accessible waterways. To continue in the tradition of the island’s peaceful nature, Scrub Island will not exceed more than 200 residents or guests at any given time, even after full development. The primary form of transportation on the island will be golf carts.

What to Expect in the Virgin Islands

BANKS: Banking Hours are typically Mon-Thurs 8:30AM-3:30PM, Fri 8:30AM-5:30PM. There are ATMs located on the islands, although they can be slightly difficult to locate on your own.

CURRENCY: The currency of both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands is the U.S. dollar. Traveler's checks and major credit cards are accepted in many- but not all establishments.

CLIMATE: The Virgin Islands have a stable climate year-round thanks to the trade-winds. Temperatures vary only slightly from winter to summer, and winds keep the islands pleasant year-round. June, July and August tend to be the hottest months with temperatures in the mid-80s and December through February cooler months with high 70-degree temperatures. The Virgin Islands does not have a rainy season, however there are month to month differences. The rainiest months in the Virgin Islands are November, October, September, August and May.

DEPARTURE TAX: U.S.V.I. - All visitors leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands will pay a flat-rate departure tax of $10 U.S. Visitors leaving the B.V.I. will be charged a departure tax of $15 U.S. per person leaving by air, $5.00 leaving by sea and $7.00 for cruise ship passengers. These charges are often included in the price of the plane or cruise ship ticket; otherwise, it must be paid in cash at the airport or exit marina.

DRINKING WATER: The water in the more developed islands such as New Providence and Grand Bahamas is distilled from seawater and is perfectly safe to drink, however they are only able to desalinize 95% of it, so it does have a strong taste. When on the outer islands, it is recommended you drink only bottled water.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

DRIVING LICENSE: U.S.V.I. -A valid US Driver's License is valid for 90 days in the US Virgin Islands. If you have a license from another country, you will need a 30-day driving permit which can be obtained at your car rental company upon arrival. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. B.V.I. –  A valid British Virgin Islands Driving License is required by all those seeking to drive in The British Virgin Islands. For a fee of $10.00, a temporary British Virgin Islands Driving License can be obtained from the Traffic Licensing Office or Car Rental Agencies with a valid Driver License from another country. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in The British Virgin Islands. Minimum age for Car Rentals is 25.

ELECTRICITY: Standard North American 120-volt/60-cycle AC electrical current, you will be able to operate American or Canadian appliances without adapters in both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands. European appliances will need both converters and adapters.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: U.S.V.I. - Passports for U.S. Citizens are not required for the U.S. Virgin Islands, but you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving (such as a birth certificate and photo ID). Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should follow U.S. travel regulations. B.V.I. - Travel to any island outside the U.S. Virgin Islands requires a valid passport. Bonafide visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry, if they possess return (or ongoing) tickets, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay.

TOURISM SEASONS: The Virgin Islands have a stable climate year-round thanks to the trade-winds. Temperatures vary only slightly from winter to summer, and winds keep the islands pleasant year-round. However, December to April are considered “high” tourist season as the islands see a larger number of visitors seeking to escape the cold winter months at home.

VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to the Virgin Islands. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

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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