The Virgin Islands archipelago are volcanic in nature and are among the oldest volcanic islands in the world. They lay about 1500 miles from the united states and are surrounded by the Atlantic ocean to the north and Caribbean Sea to the south. The 100 or so islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and are now split up into two territories. The U.S Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Here are a few of the more popular ones.
On the U.S. side of things, everyone's heart goes out to St John. With more than two thirds of the island being a national park, St John is still virtually unspoiled. An entire day can be spent around St John. Its crystal clear Caribbean blue waters offer many things to enjoy. Brilliantly colored reef fish and living corals are abundant in areas such as Waterlemon cay and salt pond. Check out the underwater trail at trunk bay or swim with some sea turtles in Maho Bay. Hungry? Head over to Cruz Bay and anchor up the Beach Bar or Joes Rum Hut for delicious food and plenty to drink. St John is beautiful but in and around St Thomas and water Island have plenty to offer.
Jost Van Dyke and surrounding islands
Jost Van Dyke is home to some favorite watering holes and eateries and one can spend an entire day there and still come back for more. Great Harbor is the central point on Jost Van Dyke and home to world famous Foxy's. Foxy's hosts one of the largest New Year's Eve parties in the world. Head over one bay to the west and find yourself at White Bay. Grab A painkiller at Soggy Dollar Bar, enjoy a roti at Gertrude's or snack on a lobster quesadilla at one love bar. Head the other way to Little harbor and enjoy fresh lobster at Sydney's Peace and Love. During the north swells, eat at Foxy's Taboo and hike to the Bubbly pools while your lunch is being prepared. A stone's throw away is Little Jost Van Dyke. Enjoy your favorite beverage at Beeline. Another postcard beach bar. You're not done yet. Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit are close neighbors to Jost van Dyke. As the names suggest, here lies two tropical gems in the middle of the ocean. Sandy Spit is picturesque enough for Corona to shoot beer commercials there and Sandy Cay is part of the British Virgin Islands National Park system. Both are small enough to be circumnavigated by foot in no time.
This is the real Treasure island. The legend and lore surrounding Norman Island of caves and pirates and buried treasure inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write Treasure Island. Norman Island is an underwater playground. Surrounded by famous snorkel sites such as The Caves, where real buried treasure was found, and The Indians and The Aquarium. They are all famous for a good reason. The snorkeling is amazing!! Grab a mooring ball, slip into the Caribbean Sea and get lost in another world. After some in water activity, head over to Privateer Bay, and grab a drink at another world famous establishment, The Willie T. The William Thornton resembles a pirate ship and is a floating bar and restaurant in the middle of the bay. Do a Shotskie, jump off the top and buy the t-shirt. If you are looking for something a little more tame, scoot over to Pirates Bight for delicious food.
Virgin Gorda is home of The Baths. The Baths are a geological rock formation, causing giant granite boulders, as a result of slow cooling magma. So what's so cool about big rocks. Well, these giant boulders came together to forms caves, grottoes and crawl throughs. There are enormous cathedrals and... oh yeah, they happened to form on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Essentially creating two smaller and equally as beautiful beaches known as Devils Bay Beach and Spring bay Beach. There is only one other place like it in the world and to get there, you would have to travel 900 miles east of Africa to The Seychelles. This area is so beautiful and picturesque that The Baths actually put Tyra Banks on the map after a Sports Illustrated photoshoot.