As we all count down the days until summer, I think we can all agree it’s time to take a trip to the islands. The Virgin Islands have long been a stop on cruises, but if you really want to see what they have to offer, you’ll need more than a day trip.
Kaleigh Glaza of Lux and Concord is breaking down the best and most beautiful spots to eat, drink, and explore the stunning Virgin Islands, highlighting a few places you won’t want to miss—no matter what time of year it is.
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This small but beautiful escape gives you a more intimate experience of the Virgin Islands, making it perfect for a relaxing retreat or couples vacation.
Not for the claustrophobic or water averse, these baths are more like adventure caves. You can take a guided tour, but the route is easy to follow settled among natural rock formations that have grown up and around the ocean side for thousands of years.
Hog Heaven Bar
The best views on the island come with a side of Corona or Red Stripe at this bar and restaurant. Get a car with serious four-wheel drive to take you to the top of the summit, and then pull up a chair to enjoy the most picturesque meal you’ll ever have.
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Nestled in the bay of Virgin Gorda, a quick boat ride will have you home to the eight-room Saba Rock Resort and restaurant in no time. You can spend a whole day on this small patch of land thanks to activities like snorkeling, kite-boarding, or lounging in beach hammocks.
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St. John is known for its tranquility and natural beauty so you can get plenty of R&R while here. That being said, there’s also great shopping and food to experience as well if you ever manage to tire of the beach!
You wouldn’t think of great Thai food as a destination in the Caribbean, but this spot came locally recommended and did not disappoint! It’s tucked away off a side street so ask around to make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Once you find it, don’t miss the Tempura Rock Lobster Tail or Pad Thai—both delicious.
Sadly we didn’t see any furry friends at these shops (as the name suggests), but we still had a ball! There are wares from local artists, woodworkers, print shops, and more that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. It’s all situated in and amongst the hillside with trees peaking in through store windows and cute little bars to stop and have a drink after you shop.
Another unique shopping destination, the jewelry sold here is handmade right on St. John so you can pick up a hook bracelet to take home. Each island has its own special hook design, and they’re the perfect delicate daily reminder of your time in the sun.
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A quick ferry ride from St. Thomas, will take you to the British Virgin Islands. Pack your passport for Tortola, and don’t miss the views of the colorful West End houses on your way in.
Long before Johnny Depp took on Captain Jack Sparrow, rum has made the islands of the Caribbean famous. It’s also the basis for many of the tiki cocktails you’ll taste on your trip, so drink up, take a tour, and buy some for the trip home.
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Good Moon Farm
If you’re a foodie, there is no better place to watch the farm-to-table movement really take place. They grow some of the freshest produce on the islands, so if you’re staying in an Airbnb or other house rental, you’ll definitely want to stop by and stock your kitchen. But even if you’re not cooking, the views are unparalleled and the staff will give you a beautiful food education.
This is the place to stay on Tortola, with relaxing estates across the island. If you’re doing a group vacation, or just want to feel seriously pampered while you relax, check this estate’s various locations.
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St. Thomas is one of the most popular destinations in the Virgin Islands, and you don’t need a U.S. passport to take a trip here! It is a destination for many cruise ships so it can be touristy, but is also a gorgeous first stop on your tour.
For a taste of island cuisine that the even locals recommend, Glady’s Café is the spot. You’ll have to ask for special directions, and head down a side alley, but they have been serving seafood and Caribbean classics like callaloo for years.
Coral World Ocean Park
Ride in a semi submarine, do a sea trek in an underwater suit, or “snuba” to see underwater life that usually can only be found at great ocean depths. This is great for anyone who wants to experience the sea, but isn’t ready for the full plunge.
If you’re worried about missing your workout while on vacation, try the 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie, which lead to amazing views of the island. This trek is not for the faint of heart, but ends at the historic Blackbeard’s Castle. (There are 103 steps to be exact!)