Monday, June 18, 2018

Where to Go in Virgin Islands


Formed about thousands, if not millions of years ago, the Virgin Islands sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It’s a group of islands separated from the Renaissance Islands by the Anegada nearby the main island of Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands have three main parts; United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Spanish (or Puerto Rican) Virgin Islands.

It’s a common fact that the Virgin Islands is a popular destination for travelers around the world. From the high-end shopping districts, go back in time as you tour Fort Christiansvaern or the Estate Whim Plantation Museum to the nature lover’s abode of Virgin Islands National Park in St. John. Here are other popular destinations along the Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)

The most convenient way to experience nature at its finest is to tour Virgin Islands National Park in St. John. If you are already in St. John, you are probably standing right on the edge of the protected forested area. Two-thirds of the island is a deeply forested area and boasts one of the most scenic views in the area. Caneel Bay, Trunk Bay, and Annaberg Plantation are just a few minutes away from each other. The best part in St. John is it offers different ways to enjoy this paradise. Travelers who want to have a bit of adrenaline rush can go hiking on its 22 trails. For a more family-friendly activity, one can experience sleeping under the stars in its camping camp right on the beach.

Magens Bay (St. Thomas)

The beaches along the Virgin Islands are known to be the best in the world, and nothing is can surpass the beauty of Magens Bay at St. Thomas. The northern coast of the island is the most popular and most photograph beach in the world. A quick drive on top of the mountain, travelers can view a beautiful heart shaped beach. But nothing can compare to the view which is like paradise on earth; glassy clear water and powdery white sand will greet the travelers. Because of the popularity of the beach and great reviews on the various website, be prepared to pay a higher price to experience a piece of this paradise. To avoid crowds, visit the beach in the early morning or later in the evening.

Trunk Bay (St. John)

But for some people, the most idyllic of all beaches are in Trunk Bay. The beach has the most beautiful pearly white sand and turquoise water. Because its part if the Virgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay maintained its untouched glory of paradise. Its serenity and scenic view are incomparable among the other beaches in the world. The best time to swim in its waters is during the early morning as they are few people walking the beach. You can enjoy a half day of undisturbed snorkeling. Try to follow the beautiful Underwater Trail, a snorkeling path to see the hidden underwater treasures of Trunk Bay. The beach is a perfect spot even for beginner snorkelers. 

Caneel Bay (St. John)

Even though the prestigious Caneel Bay Resort is just nearby, Caneel Bay is free for all travelers who want to enjoy this pristine beach. Most travelers would recommend taking advantage of this freebie. The best way to reach the beach is to hike or bike about 1.5 miles going to Cruz Bay, which is a short distance from the beach. But arriving via a boat is the easiest way to go in Caneel Bay. Another option to enjoy the beach is to go for a swim in its crystal clear waters and have a luxurious meal in one of the hotel’s restaurant. To have a more private swim, venture into the Honeymoon Beach but getting there might be a challenge; you need to swim about 0.3 miles from Caneel coast.

Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix)

The Estate Whim Plantation Museum shows the early life of the Cruzans during the 18th century particularly their sugar cane production. Tour the Frederiksted museum; venture into the windmill and bath house. Another private residence serves as a great family destination; the Estate Mount Washington Plantation was once a sugar cane plantation that offers tours within its vicinity. There are many lessons to learn to go to this place like the island's sugar cane production and the lives of Cruzan slaves.

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