The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands

My trip to the British Virgin Islands was a once in a lifetime kind of trip. From dawn until dusk I couldn’t believe the beauty before my eyes. The British Virgin Islands are situated in the middle of the Caribbean. We charted a catamaran to take us through the islands with experienced captains so that we could just enjoy ourselves and not have to stress about sailing the boat.

Tortola

Below you will find how I spent my seven days in the Islands. There is so much to do and see in the British Virgin Islands that if you have the chance to visit, I would suggest staying even longer! I am counting down the seconds until I can go back!

 

Day 1:

  • Fly into St. Thomas; take a taxi from the airport to the harbor. [Tip: From St. Thomas you can easily catch a taxi for a set rate outside of the airport]
  • Sail to St. John
    • Enjoy the white sand beaches of St. John from Beach Bar during happy hour
    • Anchor in Caneel Bay

St. John

Day 2:

  • Continue to sail around St. John
    • Anchor at Maho Bay turtle sanctuary – here you can swim with turtles, nurse sharks, and an array of fish!  Make sure to bring your snorkeling gear!
  • Sail to Jost Van Dyke
    • SWIM to the Soggy Dollar. [Note: It is called the Soggy Dollar because your dollars should be soggy after swimming to the bar]
    • Drink one too many painkillers…. which, ORIGINATED at the Soggy Dollar)
    • Finish up your night by dancing the night away at Foxy’s

St. John

Day 3:

  • Sail to Little Jost Van Dyke
    • Stop at B-Line Beach to enjoy an entire beach to yourself (if you’re lucky)! We happened to be the only people on the entire beach! Not counting the one person who runs the beach bar!
  • Sail to Tortola

B-Line Beach – Little Jost Van Dyke

Day 4:

  • Sail to Marina Key
    • Take the ferry back to Tortola to enjoy happy hour at De Loose Mongoose – a bar owned by a man from South Carolina who happens to be a Clemson fan! (GO TIGERS!) Order the coconut shrimp, you won’t be disappointed!

Marina Key

Day 5:

  • Sail to Virgin Gorda
    • Anchor at Leverick Bay – flag down a taxi to take you to the infamous Baths! Find your way through the rock formation to experience jaw-dropping views of the white sand beach and crystal clear water known as Devil’s Bay

The Baths at Virgin Gorda

Day 6:

  • Sail to Anegada – this was the furthest point from the start of our trip and is also home to the third largest reef in the world behind The Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef
    • Rent scooters to explore the island and make sure to stop by Cow Wreck Bar for drinks!
    • Eat dinner at Anegada Reef Hotel where they serve fresh caught Lobster from the ocean. [Tip: Leave your shoes on the beach! Shoes are optional seeing as you will be sitting in the sand! Pure bliss!]

Lobster anyone? Freshly served at Anegada Reef Hotel

Day 7:

  • Sail to The Dogs
    • Crystal clear water for some of the best snorkeling
  • Sail to Salt
    • The island is called Salt because, surprise, it has an all-natural salt reservoir! A family owns the island but allows people to come visit whenever. Underneath the salt is mud so give yourself an all natural mud bath before heading back to the ocean! But seriously, I did give myself a mud bath and I had silky smooth skin for days!
  • Sail to Norman
    • Swim up to Willy T’s and plan on jumping off! It is an abandoned pirate ship turned restaurant/bar where jumping off the top deck is a must!

Willy T’s at Norman Island

Day 8:

Return to St. Thomas to catch your flight home. If you can find a way to avoid this part of the trip, please let me know! I thought about “falling” off the boat and becoming “lost at sea”. But I was unsuccessful. If you come up with something better… you know where to find me.

Virgin Gorda

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Kylee splits her time between being a traveling NICU nurse and a solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for over four years now. When she’s not doing that she’s traveling around the world sharing real and authentic experiences.

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