VISITING MULTIPLE ISLANDS-US & BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:
Have you ever had the desire to see more than one island on a trip? It’s natural to be curious and there are a few destinations that make it easy to fulfill your desire.
The U.S. and British Virgin Islands are all connected via ferry service. By flying to St. Thomas, it’s an easy ferry ride to St. John (about 15 minutes). As a matter of fact, since there isn’t an airport on St. John, visitors have to fly to St. Thomas to reach the island. Another quick ferry ride from St. Thomas and from St. John is nearby Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Lastly, there is ferry service (although not as frequent or as short) from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda, St. John to Virgin Gorda and Tortola to Virgin Gorda.
For guests who choose St. Thomas as their home base, it’s an easy ferry to St. John where you can enjoy world famous beaches that are located within the National Park. St. John is also a great island for hiking and enjoying its spectacular beauty. If you are staying on St. Thomas, you can take the ferry and since it docks directly in Cruz Bay (the main town) it’s easy to walk to enjoy the shopping and grab a nice cold rum punch and lunch. Open-air cabs are inexpensive and available to take you to the various National Park Beaches, to include Trunk Bay (home to the famous underwater snorkeling tour). Alternatively, there is a car ferry that travels between St. Thomas and St. John but you need to check with the rental agency to see if they permit you to take your rental car.
For guests who choose to stay on St. John but want to golf, they can take the short ferry over to St. Thomas and catch a cab to take them to the famous Mahogany Run Golf Course.
There are ferries that run hourly from Red Hook, St. Thomas to St. John for the 15-minute ride. Adults are $6 one way and children ages 2-11 are $1.00.
Certainly, a trip to the famous Baths of Virgin Gorda should not be missed. Huge boulders have formed exotic pools and grottos, which offer exceptional snorkeling.
For more leisurely travel, there are countless sailboat trips and catamarans that cruise between the islands as well and include stops at the more remote islands, such as Jost Van Dyke (famous for the Soggy Dollar Bar ) and Norman Island. Legend has it that there were lots of pirates and treasure caves on Norman Island and the the island served as the role model of the epic “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Please note that while no passports are required of U.S. Citizens (bring certified copy of birth certificate; add gov’t photo ID for adults), day and other trips to BVI require passport for re-entry; visas may be required from other destinations.
In conclusion, for the adventurous, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are a great choice and provide countless opportunities to explore nearby islands.
VISITING MULTIPLE ISLANDS – ST. MARTIN & ST. BARTHS:
The above islands are all located in close proximity and offer interconnecting ferry service. The islands make a great choice for those with wanderlust.
Both of the islands offer exceptional beaches, world-class restaurants and exceptional duty free shopping. St. Martin is half French and half Dutch while St. Barths is French through and through.
While there is interconnecting ferry service between the two islands, please note that the journey can be somewhat rough. So for those with delicate stomachs, you might want to consider the quick flight, which is about 15 minutes.