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Norman Islands in the British Virgin Islands

Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Norman Island British Virgin IslandsLegends and epic stories of hidden treasure and pirates play a large part in the “mystique” of Norman Island. This quaint little British Virgin Island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel “Treasure Island.” While no one resides on this privately-owned tiny island, thousands of tourists flock here every day to get their hands on excellent snorkeling at the Caves, and the Indians — some with hopes of finding a piece of buried treasure (or two) left behind from pirate days gone by. Continue reading Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

The Baths of the Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda and The Baths, British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda British Virgin IslandsVirgin Gorda is the third-largest and second most populous British Virgin Islands. Christopher Columbus is said to have christened the island as Virgin Gorda, or “Fat Virgin” because it looks like a lady lying on her side.

One of the tourist havens in Virgin Gorda is the unusual geologic formation known as “The Baths,” located on the southern end of the island. Continue reading Virgin Gorda and The Baths, British Virgin Islands

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands - St. John Boat Rental Center

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke British Virgin IslandsAlthough the smallest of the four main British Virgin Islands (roughly 3 square miles), Jost Van Dyke is one of the most popular — thanks to its super laid back vibe. The island lies northwest of Tortola and about 5 miles north of St. John, USVI. Like most of the Virgin Islands, its volcanic in origin and mountainous — adding to the dimensions of the surreal tropical landscape. The highest peak on the Jost Van Dyke is Majohnny Hill at just over 1,000 feet. Continue reading Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Sandy Spit in the British Virgin Islands

Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands

Sandy Spit castawaysSometimes big things come in small packages. Such is the case for Sandy Spit. Resting between Green Cay and Sandy Cay in the British Virgin Islands, Sandy Spit measures less than half an acre in size. However, it consists of a perfect white sand beach surrounding light foliage — with only two palm trees — adding to the romanticism. Accessible only by boat, this remote beach is one of BVI’s most spectacular. Continue reading Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands

Scrub Island British Virgin IslandsScrub Island sits directly across Tortola and is visible from the airport (on Beef Island). To get there, you can take a short ferry ride across the channel from the airport, or arrive by helicopter or, most preferably, on your St. John Boat Charter. Even if you have to swim across to get there–you should, because you have to see this place for yourself. The marina houses some of the world’s biggest, most luxurious yachts, easily accommodating ships of up to 160 feet! Continue reading Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands

Soper's Hole, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola British Virgin IslandTortola holds the title of largest and most populated island in the British Virgin Islands. At 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide, Tortola is home to about 25,000 people. Tortola was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, but remained wholly unsettled until pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd permanently inhabited the island. Continue reading Tortola, British Virgin Islands

St John USVI - St John Boat Rental Center

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

St John USVI - St John Boat Rental CenterAlthough St. John is just a mere 10-minute boat ride from St. Thomas, it possesses a totally different vibe from her more “cosmopolitan” sister island. St. John’s simple and uber-laid back atmosphere, paired with the world’s most idyllic bays and beaches, make St. John the quintessential Caribbean island. With over 60% of its land area protected as national park land, there’s very little development, and tons of amazing vistas–each more beautiful than the last. Continue reading St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

St Thomas, US Virgin Islands - St John Boat Rental Center

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas USVISt. Thomas is known as the “jewel” of the Caribbean. Home to the largest airport and the only island with two cruise ship ports in the Caribbean, St. Thomas is famous for world class shopping, a bustling waterfront, and stunning beaches and resorts. Most tourists that visit the Virgin Islands arrive via St. Thomas, thus it’s nickname, the “hub.” Continue reading St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands