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THE ISLANDS

ST JOHN

The jewel of the USVI’s, St. John is located 4 miles east of St Thomas. Approximately 60% of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Wild animals abound on St John including pigs, donkeys, mongoose, goats, iguanas, chickens and roosters and even a few scorpions and tarantulas (none that are deadly). The main public entrypoint to St John is the Ferry Dock located in the heart of Cruz Bay (and right next to Ocean Runner). Cruz Bay is host to many shops, restaurants, and a wide range of services (Banks, Taxis, Watersports, etc.). There are only two large resorts on the island, Caneel Bay and the Westin. Most guests stay in private villas or one of the mid-size condominium complexes like The Grand Bay Resort or Gallows Point. Some of the best beaches, diving and snorkeling in the world are on or around St John. Some are only accessible via a long hike or by boat. Our locally based captains can take you many places the masses will never see.

TORTOLA

Tortola is the largest and most densely populated of the British Virgin Islands. Local tradition recounts Christopher Colombus naming the island Tortola meaning “Land of the Turtle Dove”. The Dutch later settled the island and called it Ter Tholen, after an island off the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British took over, they altered the name to its present-day Tortola. Tortola is very mountainous and is 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide. The largest town in the BVI’s, Road Town is located on the south side of Tortola as is Nanny Cay, the largest marina. The north shore is lined with beautiful beaches and coves that offer easy access for boaters and snorkelers. Several marinas (Nanny Cay, Marina Cay, Road Harbor) also call Tortola home.

PETER ISLAND

Directly across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Road Town, Tortola, Peter Island is the home of the luxurious Peter Island Resort, a fine upscale, newly renovated resort. For those wishing to experience upscale dining during their day on a powerboat, Peter Island Resort is a popular choice. Sprat Bay, popular with boaters from around the world (with moorings, ice, water, fuel and showers available), is the water entrance to Peter Island. Deadman’s Bay, a gorgeous beach rated as one of world’s ten most romantic beaches, sweeps along a mile-long crescent lined with coconut palms and seagrape trees.

NORMAN ISLAND

Norman island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. The island has no permanent inhabitants but there is a restaurant and bar named Pirates Bar and Grill, in addition to the old barge named William Thornton (popularly known as Willie T’s) which is a bar and a restaurant. Both are located in “The Bight”. The Indians and The Caves (for snorkeling) are also located at Norman Island.

JOST VAN DYKE

Located just 5 miles from Cruz Bay in St John, Jost is a must visit for anyone interested in great beaches, great food and drink or for those who want party central in the BVI’s. The many protected achorages, beachfront restaurants, bars and casual lifestyle make this a great place to relax. Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Grill, located in Great Harbor not far from the Customs Office, is known for its great local food and drink. The famous Soggy Dollar Bar at the Sandcastle in White Bay is one of the most popular destinations of the jet set visiting Jost. White Bay is home to one the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean. Sidney’s Peace & Love is a unique dining experience with perhaps the best food on the island. Also home to Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit as well as the Bubbly Pool. Jost is well worth a day by itself.

COOPER ISLAND

A tropical island out of a Hollywood script, mostly uninhabited Cooper Island is surrounded by coral reefs and dive sites. The vegetation on Cooper Island includes coconut palms, bougainvilla, frangipani, lime trees, hibiscus, oleander, tamarind. yucca, orchids and cactus. The Cooper Island Beach Club offers cottages, a boutique and restaurant in a beautiful setting. Open for lunch during the season from 11:30am-2:30pm.

VIRGIN GORDA

The third largest island in the BVI, Virgin Gorda means “Fat or Pregnant Virgin,” so named by Columbus for its shape as seen on the sea’s horizon. Of volcanic origin, Virgin Gorda has a mountainous center, the location of Gorda Peak National Park, that connects three very different worlds: the waterworld North Sound, its secluded Beach Coast and the boulder-strewn plains of The Baths and the Valley–Virgin Gorda’s main habitation. Spanish Town is the largest city on the island. The North Sound features Saba Rock Resort and the Bitter End Yacht Club; both destination resorts with all the amenities. The Bath’s are one of the Caribbean’s natural wonders, great for snorkeling and hiking. There is even a snack bar with food and drink. Virgin Gorda is a 1.25 to 1.5 hour trip each way from Cruz Bay, St John depending on sea conditions.


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