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St. Thomas and St. John’s proximity to one another, and to surrounding islands, cays and even the British Virgin Islands (BVI), makes them an ideal jumping-off point for a fun and beautiful day on the water in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Arrange a boat charter out of St. Thomas or St. John; opt for a sleek, classic sailboat, a roomy catamaran or a speedy powerboat, depending on your preferences.
No matter which vessel you choose, make sure one of your first stops is the BVI’s Sandy Spit, a postcard-perfect mound of sand peeking just high enough out of stunning aquamarine waters to support an adorable scruff of tropical plants and palm trees. Then head over to the famous floating bar and restaurant the Willy T, where a refreshing rum drink and a jump off this pirate ship facsimile are in order. From there, pull up to Norman Island for some of the best roti around at the super casual beachfront Pirates Bight.
Finally, cross the channel and head to Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay, whose gleaming white sands and jaw-droppingly beautiful azure waters make for the perfect place to while away the afternoon. A painkiller from the Soggy Dollar Bar, where the famous rum drink originated, is the perfect accompaniment to your day at this beach.