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Come along with Frommer's to some of the loveliest islands in the Caribbean, with gorgeous white-sand beaches, a huge array of water sports, spectacular resorts, and intimate inns. You'll rely on our in-depth reviews to find the accommodations that suit you best, whether you want a lavish honeymoon resort in the middle of all the action on St. Thomas, or a quiet, barefoot hideaway on sleepy Virgin Gorda. Throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, we'll show you all the best beaches, and point you toward the ...
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Come along with Frommer's to some of the loveliest islands in the Caribbean, with gorgeous white-sand beaches, a huge array of water sports, spectacular resorts, and intimate inns. You'll rely on our in-depth reviews to find the accommodations that suit you best, whether you want a lavish honeymoon resort in the middle of all the action on St. Thomas, or a quiet, barefoot hideaway on sleepy Virgin Gorda. Throughout the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, we'll show you all the best beaches, and point you toward the best outfitters, dive sites, secret snorkeling coves, shopping centers, beach bars, golf courses, nightclubs, and oceanfront dining. You'll even find tips on package deals, bargain airfares, choosing a cruise, and much more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764564420
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2001
  • Series: Frommer's Complete Series
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

As a team of veteran travel writers, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have produced dozens of previous titles for Frommer’s including many of their guides to Europe. They researched and wrote the firstever guide for Frommer’s on the Caribbean, including the Virgin Islands, as well as Bermuda and The Bahamas. Porter is also a Hollywood celebrity biographer, columnist, and radio broadcaster. He is joined by Danforth Prince, formerly of the Paris bureau of The New York Times and today the president of Blood Moon Productions.
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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 Islands.

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.
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Table of Contents

1 The Best Beaches
2 The Best Snorkeling Spots
3 The Best Dive Sites
4 The Best Boating Outfitters
5 The Best Golf Courses
6 The Best Tennis Facilities
7 The Best Nature Walks
8 The Best Resorts
9 The Best Honeymoon Resorts
10 The Best Family Resorts
11 The Best B&Bs
12 The Best Places to Get Away from It All
13 The Best Restaurants
14 The Best Shopping Buys
15 The Best Nightlife
16 The Most Intriguing Historical Sights

2 Planning Your Trip to the Virgin Islands
1 Choosing the Perfect Island
2 Visitor Information
3 Entry Requirements & Customs
4 Money The U.S. Dollar, the British Pound & the Canadian Dollar What Things Cost in St. Thomas
5 When to Go The Virgin Islands Calendar of Events
6 The Active Vacation Planner Chartering Your Own Boat
7 Getting Married in the Virgin Islands
8 Health & Insurance
9 Tips for Travelers with Special Needs
10 Flying to the Virgin Islands
11 Cruising to the Virgin Islands
12 Package Deals
13 Planning Your Trip Online
14 Getting Around the Islands
15 Tips on Accommodations & Dining
16 Tips on Shopping
Fast Facts: The U.S. Virgin Islands
Fast Facts: The British Virgin Islands
3 St. Thomas

1 Orientation
2 Getting Around Fast Facts: St. Thomas
3 Accommodations Renting a Condo, Apartment or Villa Family-Friendly Hotels
4 Dining Family-Friendly Restaurants
5 Beaches Two Great Escapes Taking to the Seas
6 Sports & Outdoor Pursuits
7 Seeing the Sights Walking Tour: Charlotte Amalie Especially for Kids Driving Tour: St. Thomas
8 Shopping
9 St. Thomas After Dark

4 St. John
1 Orientation
2 Getting Around Fast Facts: St. Thomas
3 Accommodations Family-Friendly Accommodations
4 Dining Family-Friendly Restaurants
5 Beaches
6 Sports & Outdoor Pursuits
7 Exploring St. John Driving Tour: St. John
8 Shopping
9 St. John After Dark

5 St. Croix
1 Orientation
2 Getting Around Fast Facts: St. Croix
3 Accommodations Family-Friendly Hotels
4 Dining
5 Beaches, Water Sports & Other Outdoor Pursuits Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind
6 Seeing the Sights Walking Tour: Christiansted The St. Croix Heritage Trail Especially for Kids Driving Tour: East St. Croix
7 Shopping
8 St. Croix After Dark
9 A Side Trip to Buck Island

6 The British Virgin Islands
1 Essentials Special Moments in the British Virgin Islands
2 Tortola The Wreck of the Rhone & Other Top Dive Sites Driving Tour: Tortola's West End
3 Virgin Gorda
4 Jost Van Dyke
5 Anegada
6 Peter Island
7 Guana Island

Appendix: The Virgin Islands in Depth
1 The Virgin Islands Past & Present Dateline A 51st State?
2 The Cuisine: A Taste of the Virgin Islands Don't Let the Jumbies Get Ya!

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