- Insider advice on avoiding the crowds as you explore some of the Virgin Islands' best beaches, from Caneel Bay in St. John to Cane Garden Bay in Tortola. Plus tips for finding the best snorkeling spots, from St. Thomas's Coki Point Beach to St. Croix's Cane Bay, and dive sites, including the Wreck of the H.M.S. Rhone off of Salt Island.
- Where to find the absolute best conch chowder in St. Thomas, the freshest lobster in St. Croix, and the most satisfying conch fritters in Virgin Gorda. Plus, advice on where to find the best shopping buys, from local arts and crafts stores to high-end jewelry shops.
- Recommendations to help you choose the perfect Virgin Islandfrom the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix, to the British Virgin Islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, and Guana Island.
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About 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
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.
Table of Contents
List of Maps vi
1 THE BEST OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS 1
2 THE VIRGIN ISLANDS IN DEPTH 15
3 ST. THOMAS 48
4 ST. JOHN 109
5 ST. CROIX 140
6 THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 188
7 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS 246
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