Now that you’ve decided to vacation in the Virgin Islands, it’s time to figure out the logistics. Let’s have some fun!
You don’t want to travel all this way just to realize you made the wrong choice on where to stay or what to drive. (If you choose to drive anything at all, that is.)
One reason we built this website is for you, dear Visitor, to find authentic information about traveling in the Virgin Islands from the people who know best.
We want you to make informed choices on how to spend your time and money on your Virgin Islands vacation.
Because we want you to have the time of your life in our island paradise.
Where are the Virgin Islands located?
The Virgin Islands belong to a group of rocks called the Leeward Islands that belong to another group of rocks called the Lesser Antilles. Most of these islands are bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north.
St. Thomas is about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico. St. John lies just a couple miles to the east of St. Thomas, and the British Virgin Islands start just a couple miles to the east of St. John. St. Croix is roughly 40 miles south of the other two US Virgin Islands. (See map below.)
Which Virgin Island(s) should I visit and when should I go?
In the USVI we have three main islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Oh, and we musn’t forget Water Island, a ‘lil rock just a jump away from St. Thomas.
The British Virgin Islands is made up of tons of islands, big and small, but the two biggest ones are Tortola and Virgin Gorda. There are also Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Cooper, Norman, Peter, and more! It’s the perfect place to island hop.
Once you’ve decided on an island to visit, you need to know where to stay, and what kind of accommodation will suit you best.
Each island has different areas or neighborhoods with distinct personalities, as well as several different types of place to stay from small family-owned inn to internationally-renowned luxury resorts…and every eco-tent and villa in between.
Next step! Or maybe the same step if you’re still up in the air about whether or not to rent a vehicle– where you stay will make big difference.
Should you rent a vehicle? If so, where? What about public transportation? Taxis? Donkeys? Your legs?
Make the right decision for you on how to get around in the Virgin Islands on our Transportation pages.
What Virgin Islands beaches must I see?
There are so many beaches to choose from, deciding which one to try can be one of the toughest things you have to do on vacation.
Have you traveled to the Virgin Islands before and want to share what you learned with others?
Great! Please do! Comment on any of our pages or posts and put in your two coconuts on what to do…and what to avoid, when vacationing in the Virgin Islands.