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More to see and do in BVI vs USVI
I think you'll find better sailing and more points of interest on the Brit side of the VI. It's less than a half-day sail to cross over from St. Thomas to Tortola in the BVI and well worth the trip.
Once a hideaway for pirates and brigands, the BVI have only 17,000 residents - in contrast to the 100,000 people living in the USVI).
You won’t find highrises or fast food on any of these islands, and you'll find only a few posh resorts mingling with the more casual villas, family-owned inns, and funky beachfront bars and restaurants.
Points of interest:
Pusser’s Pub in Roadtown, Tortola - a favorite watering hole for thirsty sailors, Pusser’s pours English Ale on draft and mixes up some tasty concoctions with its famous Pusser’s Rum.
Cane Garden Bay on Totola's north shore - family-run inns, bars, and restaurants. Music is an integral part of Cane Garden Bay, and the friendly, open-air bars that line the water’s edge host local musicians whose island tunes can be heard floating across the bay.
Jost Van Dyke - an island 5 miles from Tortola. “Jost” has only 150 residents, but it has six bars! Look for the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, an open-air ramshackle restaurant and bar that has become a landmark and is undisputedly the most happenin’ gathering spot for boaters in the BVI. Owner Foxy Caldwood is famous for his parties, and for harmonizing his guests with his guitar and some very funny, off-color songs.
Norman Island - you will discover an area known as “The Caves” - a popular spot with snorkelers and swimmers. The far northern cave is the most incredible - extending 70 feet into the mountainside.
Virgin Gorda - home to "The Baths," exotic pools and grottos formed by gigantic granite boulders strewn across white sand beaches. One of the most visited spots in the BVI (and crowded even in the summer).
Have a great trip in June!!!