Introducing the newest and the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Water Island. Although the quaint island was acquired by the USA in 1917 from Denmark, it continued to be owned by a corporation for several decades thereafter, and it was not until 1996 when it became a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s not uncommon for people to think that it’s just an extension of St. Thomas, with it sitting near Charlotte Amalie harbor– it’s not.
At only about 500 acres, every inch of Water Island is gorgeous. The island, with about 200 residents and just a few commercial establishments, was brought to the world’s attention when it became the stage for MTV’s “Real World: St Thomas”. Honeymoon Beach, at the island’s west side, is an incredibly beautiful, sleepy beach where you’ll find a tiny collection of beach bars with expert grill chefs and rum drink bartenders — often times one and the same person. The great thing about Water Island is that while you are literally a few hundred yards from the busy harbor of Charlotte Amalie, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away on a deserted tropical island.
Other noteworthy sites on Water Island are Fort Segarra, an underground fort partially constructed by the U.S. during World War II, and Limestone Bay’s scuba diving site, Supermarket Reef.
Water Island is a perfect place for lunch and an afternoon in the Caribbean sun.