Water Island, St. Thomas

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The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Water Island boasts a rich history and pristine tropical beaches. The Taino first settled the island in the 15th century; later, Denmark had claims on its territory, as did free Afro-Caribbeans, who owned and ran their own cotton plantations. Take a ferry to the tiny island, where you can lounge on the soft white sand under the shade of palm trees. Swim in the calmer waters, or head to rockier, more secluded spots for snorkeling and scuba diving among the wild coral reefs. The diverse marine life here includes vibrantly colored fish and sea turtles. Add Water Island and other attractions to your Water Island trip itinerary using our Water Island visit site.
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  • Great beach here and if you snorkel you will see giant turtles within 100 feet of the shoreline. Awesome fish tacos too!  more »
  • Been to Water Island 4 times in past; this time most memorable. Warm, friendly people. Good food at Heidi's and Dingy's on Honeymoon Beach. Very relaxing and entertaining as well. Will return...  more »
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  • So let me share with you our routine in going to water island, and for those of you that are tourists on vacation this will help and save time. If you have a car you're going to have to get a permit to park at crown bay at the marina office which is right across of AT&T above the pet supply store. Don't try to park there without one security is fierce in this parking lot. It's $5 in cash and you'll need to only know the make and model of your car. Drive to the end of the marina first for this then go to the parking area for water island visitors which is the first unpaved lot on the right upon entering. If there is no parking ask the security officer at the front and they will assist you in making one up. The ferry departs on time folks, get in line 15 minutes early to ensure you get on. It only take 30 people so you might have to wait for the next one if they are full. Hubby and I typically have breakfast at Tickles (which is where the ferry docks)while we wait, if you let them know you're on a schedule because of the ferry they'll rush your food . Make sure you have cash because the ferry only takes cash and your pay for your ticket when you get on board. it's $5 each way and you'll have to pay for your return ticket in advanced and get a card to show the crew to board on the way back. The ferry isn't anything fancy but it is a very scenic 10 minute ride over to water Island. If it's your first time on the island I highly recommend renting a golf cart from Rachels. There will be a representative at the ferry dock. If not walk up the hill and the golf cart rental place is on the right. It's $40 in cash to rent all day and is a fun way to explore all parts of the island. There is a free shuttle from the ferry to Honeymoon beach but the drive along the east side looking at St. Thomas and buck island is absolutely gorgeous and the 360 view from the bunker/ fort is out of this world. But the biggest attraction on Water island is Honemoon beach and Dinghys restaurant and bar. Honeymoon beach has some of the friendliest fish I've seen. They literally come up and hang out with you. Although the Phillips Landing area where the ferry docks next to the overturned boat has some great sea life. For the return trip back try to get to the dock 15 minutes to a half an hour early especially for the 5pm or 6pm runs back, they are typically very full. Overall I love the friendly vibe of water island. Everyone will wave at you in passing golf carts, stop to help you find your way or explain parts of the island. Such a different hospitality feel than St. Thomas. We try to go every month and this is a must see if you're visiting usvi!
  • Water Island is true paradise. No cars on the island and about 160 residents. It's heaven and I'm returning there when I retire. The people are wonderful me everyone is super cool and nice.
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