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Considering the British Virgin Islands cover more than 58 square miles, you can easily see much of what the chain has to offer in just one day. Your best bet is to charter a boat — a Boston Whaler will do just fine — and island hop to get the real local flavor. Star your day off with a trip to The Baths on Virgin Gorda. This natural wonder is composed of huge granite boulders that create secluded pools that are great for snorkeling. You’ll want to get here early to avoid the masses.
After a bit of spelunking, hop back on the boat and head to Anegada for lunch at Big Bamboo. Pick up a few conch fritters and some Anegada lobster, and scope out a spot on the beach at Loblolly Bay. This seemingly deserted island is beautiful, and the beach is another great snorkeling spot.
You’ve spent a few hours on the beach, and now it’s time to head to Tortola to get a taste of the most populated island in the British Virgin Islands. Make your way to Pusser’s Landing in West End for a legendary Pusser’s Painkiller. Once you’ve soaked up the local flavor (in the form of rum), get back on the boat and putter over to Jost Van Dyke for an evening of fun. Post up at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar for a real West Indian experience. Foxy’s is world famous for its parties with live bands playing Thursday through Saturday nights.