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The Best Places to Get Away from It All.
Although there are tranquil retreats on St. Croix and even St. Thomas,
you'll find even more remote oases on St. John and the British Virgin
St. John: This is one of the most secluded islands you'll find in the Caribbean. More than two-thirds of its land has been preserved as a national park. That means that unlike St. Thomas and St. Croix, St. John's landscape looks much like it did in the 1950s: white sand beaches and verdant tropical forests. Day-trippers from St. Thomas come over in the morning and usually depart before 5 pm. After that, St. John becomes a crowd-free paradise. Caribbean Villas & Resorts) offers some of the best values here for those who'd like to rent their own private villa. See chapter 4.
Anegada Reef Hotel (Anegada): This hotel is located some 20 miles north of Virgin Gorda's North Sound, on a flat mass of coral and limestone; it's one of the most remote spots in the entire Virgin Islands chain. You may never meet any of the 250 local residents, although you'll occasionally see snorkelers, fishers, and scuba divers. We recommend this unpolished hotel for devotees of deserted beaches and laid-back getaways. It's the kind of place where if the bartender isn't around, you make your own cocktails and write down what you had. See chapter 6.
Guana Island Club (Guana Island): This secluded, hilltop hideaway is the only development on a private, 850-acre island off the coast of Tortola. The island is known for its six vacant, virgin beaches; rare species of plant and animal life (look for the roseate flamingo); and excellent nature trails. See chapter 6.
Peter Island Resort (Peter Island): This exquisite resort inn sits on a 1,8-acre private island, which comes complete with five pristine beaches, hiking trails, and gorgeous offshore reefs. Guests also enjoy first-rate water sports facilities, elegant candlelight dining, and secluded beachfront accommodations. See chapter 6.
The Sandcastle (Jost Van Dyke): The ultimate escapist's dream. This little island, reached by ferry from Tortola, is riddled with good hiking trails, uncrowded sandy beaches, and the ruins of an old military fort. People come to the Sandcastle in search of isolation and relaxation, and that's exactly what they get. See chapter 6.