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    Visit 'The Baths' on Virgin...

    by mmcnie Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit 'The Baths' on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

    Fondest memory: The British Virgin Islands look like their U.S. counterpart, but have a much more relaxed feel. Virgin Gorda is particularly beautiful with its almost desert like terrain being unexpected in the Caribbean. One end of the island holds a mass of monolithic boulders jumbled together into the sea. You can climb around and explore hidden lagoons and the natural effects that developed this unique formation. Hidden amidst the rocks is a beautiful white sand beach with a cove for snorkelling or swimming. I chose to drape myself on a high, flat boulder and warm up in the sun. The scenery is beautiful and if you take a day trip from the USVI you'll also get to see some of the tiny islands in the chain, and make some great snorkel stops. For this trip I recommend Captain Nautica (based on St.Thomas) as the most fun and well-organized. I was able to test out most activities while I worked for St. John Adventures (concierge service on St. John). They can help you organize your trip while in the USVI or even before you leave with any detail from car rental, sailing trips, even welcome provisions.
    www.stjohnadventures.com Tell Brenda that Micki sent you.

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    Spend some time on Saint John!...

    by Super_Dave Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Spend some time on Saint John! Take the either the Red Hook ferry from the east end of St Thomas or the down town ferry not far from Saint Thomas' airport.
    Live your life 'slowly'...sleep late, eat well, go to the beach, have a great dinner, and stay up late.

    Fondest memory: I really enjoyed the tropical paradise and beaches. Warm pristine water gently laps at your feet as you lay stretched out at the water's edge. Temperatures are nice and warm.

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    In St. John, rent a car and...

    by lucretia319 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In St. John, rent a car and snorkel gear for a day, drive to the the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see and frolic in the crystal blue waters of Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, and Waterlemon Cay.

    Fondest memory: I really enjoyed snorkeling in the waters of Cinnamon Bay. The water was very warm and serene and had excellent visibility. Can you see the turtle in this photo?!

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    by lucretia319 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Day sailing trip with Captain Neil Newhard of the 'Hirondelle.' He told the best stories. My b-friend, Chuck, and another sailor, Eileen, are enjoying the relaxing ride toward Jost Van Dyke of the British Virgin Islands.

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    Like I said in the intro, you...

    by dshoultz Written Aug 26, 2002

    Favorite thing: Like I said in the intro, you must travel through the islands. There is so much to see, and you can't possibly see it all at one island.

    Fondest memory: last year I spent my Spring Break with my best friend Josh on St. Thomas. We stayed in a beautiful house, and then went to Tortola for a couple days and stayed in another beautiful house. Then back to St. Thomas and we ended our trip over in St. John's, which is absolutley beautiful.

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  • Go to St. Thomas island and...

    by Daivute Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to St. Thomas island and see the most beautiful beach in the world-Magens Bay. The best view you can get is on the mountaintop, which claims to be the spot where banana daiquiris were created. There you can enjoy the unbelievable, spectacular view of Magens Bay 1,500 feet below, that you can't see anywhere else.

    Fondest memory: I loved Virgin Islands a lot. And got to spend some time there. I just love the feeling that I get when I'm there, very relaxing feeling. It just feels like I died and went to heaven.

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    A view of St Thomas island...

    by dreamworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A view of St Thomas island (USA) and the capital Charlotte Amalie...populated place and definitevely not the best of the Virgin islands...but since the main airport is here..good chance to show up here...

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    Look at my...

    by dreamworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Look at my nickname...dreamworld........well those islands are MY DREAMWORLD !!!
    It's paradise, it's over everything I could imagine...it's the best place I've ever been, talking about pure nature beauty.
    Well apart water sports or shopping, there's not much to do or to visit...but don't go to Virgin Islands for that. This place is made to relax and cool down from the polluted and 'civilized' areas where you may come from.

    Fondest memory: St.Thomas (US) : it's definitively not the best island, it's crowded with the capital Charlotte Amalie and full of traffic. It's the most populated of the island. But this is where you can get the cheaper flights to land. Despite the crowd...you can still get some peace on the north coast, especially Magens Bay with is for me the beast beach on this island. It's very safe for children by the way.

    St.John's (US) : If you love nature...go straight to this place !!!!!!! St John's is reachable only by boat. The best and cheapest way being to catch the ferry at the eastern end of St Thomas, in a village called Red Hook. The crossing is safe and quick (30 minutes). You arrive at the only 'so called' village in St Johns which is Cruz Bay.
    2/3 of this island is a National Park !!! Therefore wildlife watching (including 'funny' mongooses) is great. You can find remote beaches and bay, sometimes only accesible by boat or after a long walk through the bush. Of best places, I will recommend Round Bay which is like heaven, and Trunk + Cinammon Bay which are more accessible.

    Tortola (British) : This is the main of the British Islands, great to explore despite serious lack of public transportation. This island is definitively not for 'poor' tourists.
    Everything over there is expensive....but it's worth to go once in your life...and this is where I found the BEST BEACH I EVER SAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm talking about later in this page.

    Virgin Gorda (British), reachable by boat from Tortola (1 1/2 hours crossing more or less) is not so touristic and not so pretty (less hilly). But on Virgin Gorda, there is a MUST SEE, a place called The Baths which is a pure delight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are small beaches between rocks, with crystal clear water and plenty of fish to see !!!!!!!!!!!
    The Baths could be crowded in high season since most of the cruises stop close from this place and packs of tourists are showing up.

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    Just relax! Everything all...

    by Bostephenson Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Just relax! Everything all over the Virgin Islands is geared towards you having a good time. They are excited about your being there, and you will have a wonderful time.

    Fondest memory: Without a doubt, my favorite part of my Virgin Islands experience was my mother and cousin's birthday party. There are excellent facilities on this small island to help prepare a wonderful travelling event in house.

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    As you fly into ST. Thomas,...

    by HighAdventur Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: As you fly into ST. Thomas, this is what you'll see. Just below the big cloud is the airport and to the right a little is the capital city of Charlotte Amalie.

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  • Dive the 'West Wall' of Salt...

    by jcb222 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Dive the 'West Wall' of Salt River Canyon (St. Croix). It's a great blend of geology and wildlife! If you don't dive, snorkelling at Buck Island was a great half-day trip!!

    Fondest memory: Being in the bathwater warm ocean (84F)!

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    I am an artist so I absolutely...

    by canmill Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I am an artist so I absolutely loved St. Thomas. All along the shopping area are little art galleries and shops. I saw a sign along the road that said birthplace of Pissarro. Of course I was intrigued, because he studied with Van Gogh. I walked up probably 5 flights of winding stairs and then it was finally in view. It was a quaint little house turned into a gallery that featured local artists as well as a number of Camille Pissarro's prints. It turns out that Camille's father was a merchant and owned the little shop below. What an interesting find!

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    Look at the view we really...

    by dinagideon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Look at the view we really had, without the zoom lense. (To the left is me looking decidely unglamorous.) We were very high up. Truly, to take a car tour of the island, from the high points to the lowest beaches, is well worth the scary roads. Was it ever beautiful!!!

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  • I stayed on the island of St....

    by GerryM Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: I stayed on the island of St. Croix, which I was quickly advised on arrival required that one pay attention to personal security especially when walking on the roads at night. I have to say (perhaps I was just lucky), that the people were among the most friendly and hospitable I have met. I went to some very remote parts of the island and into some bars and restaurants that were quite obviously for locals and met nothing more than oustanding service food and colourful personalities.

    Fondest memory: Skinny dipping late into the night, with some crazy people we met in our hotel, called 'On the Beach', which it was.

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    Local island shops feature...

    by JeanCooke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Local island shops feature unique one-of-a-kind items. At this little shop on Jost Van Dyke we bought Christmas ornaments made from seashells. Every time I decorate my tree, I think of friendly natives and warm island breezes.

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