Not entirely. Just substantially more visited and built out. In the BVI for example, there would have been real beach side local shacks. I still find them in out islands in the Bahamas. All BVI beachside places are technically modern now. Some, like Foxy's, have straw tiki roofs and sand floors, but they were professionally designed to. The big screen TV is a dead giveaway.Minnewaska, I am guessing it has changed for the worse?
I hope I don't offend anyone, but St. T is one of the seediest places in the US/BVIs. Downtown Charlotte Amelie feels like a lawless third world country, especially when the cruise ships are not in harbor. If not for the cheap flights, I would never return. I still may fly direct to Tortola next time, I dislike it so much.
St. John's is beautiful and literally right next door to Tortola. However, I have been reluctant to go through the bother of clearing in and out of customs, just to visit one particular island. BVI has plenty of their own and I've seen no reason to add bureaucracy to the middle of my vacation.
I did not start visiting the Virgin Islands until much later, but my wife has been going since the 70s. From the stories, it has all changed substantially.
PK--In a word, they're not worth the bother, even remotely.Hi everyone,
I'll be in the BVI for two weeks next month. My second trip. The charter company's limits include St Thomas and St. John. Are these islands fun to visit? Is it worth the hassle of dealing with customs? Someplace new would be fun.