Collected by Laura Shipley
Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00801, USVI
Because it’s a major cruise port there are plenty of tacky restaurants on St. Thomas, but it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get under the skin of the island and find places where the locals eat. One such restaurant, Gladys’ Cafe, serves up...
Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
The BVI is all about fun, and you can have the most fun on a boat. If you visit, go to Willy T, a floating bar housed on a boat anchored in Norman Island’s Bight. Zeus, the bartender, really gets the crowd riled up with rum drinks. Back in the day...
North Shore Road, St. John, St John 00831, USVI
Caneel Bay resort arranges day-long charters on sloops through its local partner New Horizons. The boats hop between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Guests stop to swim in the natural pools at the Baths on Virgin Gorda and have a Painkiller...
Lille Taarne Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Yo, ho, ho and oh, my! Up on Government Hill, this watchtower, built circa 1678, is known as Blackbeard's Castle and is literally the stuff of legends. Although it's open for debate whether the notorious pirate ever used the...
Mary Holter Rd, Cruz Bay, St John 00830, USVI
'The Indians' are a group of massive reefs right off the coast of Norman Island of the British Virgin Islands. This name was chosen because it appeared as two Indians sitting in a canoe. We Snorkeled all the way around the entire mass and even...
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
If turquoise seas lapping a sprawling pearl-sand beach dotted by a few shanty-style bars sounds like your version of heaven, then head to Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay. Jost Van Dyke is just a stone’s throw from the north shore of St. John. During my...
Lee Road, Valley, Spanish Town VG 1150, British Virgin Islands
The Baths at Virgin Gorda were so beautiful and fascinating. You become a child again as you explore around the rocks, climbing up and down through the crevices (don't worry, you'll fit). The water was a bit rough the day I went so I didn't get...
Stevens Pasture, Spanish Town, British Virgin Islands
AFAR asked me what my favorite local hangout is and it's this spot. CocoMaya, not even a year old, is the new restaurant on island. With a Latin Asian fusion menu you can get things like Duck Nachos, Pad Thai (it's seriously out of this world),...
Rte 37, St Thomas 00802, USVI
One of the island's best lookouts, Drake's Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. The site is named for Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have kept watch over the harbor from this vantage...
Crown Mountain Rd, St Thomas 00802, USVI
Sometimes you have to be a tourist to enjoy the great pleasures that travel offers. That’s why a visit to Mountain Top on St. Thomas is a must-do activity for any visitor. In 1949, a British restaurateur began a mission to develop the best...