Get on Island Time! Hop the British Virgin Islands

Necker Island, BVI Flickr/kansasphoto

Necker Island, BVI Flickr/kansasphoto

What’s a time vacuum created by the crystal blue ocean and islands? Island Time! If you’ve never experienced it, you should add the British Virgin Islands to your bucket list. Can’t rent a sail boat? Let’s face it, not everyone can afford to charter their own sail boat and captain. That doesn’t mean you can’t hop islands in the Caribbean. The public ferries are a great option if you sit back, relax and float like a true Islander.

Grab your passport, swim suit, sunscreen, and flip flops and in just three and a half hours from Atlanta, you can be in St. Thomas, USVI. In this post, we’ll walk through how to navigate the ferry system. Keep in mind that some ferries only run on certain days of the week. Assuming you land in St. Thomas in the afternoon, you can take the quick taxi ride to Red Hook where you can catch the daily ferry to Cruz Bay, St. John. One way is just $12.

Our Favorite St. John Trot: Waterlemon Cay for snorkeling

Flickr/snorkelingdives.com

Waterlemon Cay Flickr/snorkelingdives.com

It’s a little pricey to hop to Jost van Dyke but worth it if you want to venture over to White Bay to see the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the original Painkiller. The ferry runs from Cruz Bay to Great Harbour twice a day in the morning and afternoon and it costs $60.

Our Favorite Jost van Dyke Trot: Soggy Dollar Bar in White Bay

White Bay Flickr/bvi4092

White Bay Flickr/bvi4092

Next up is a quick trip to Tortola for about $15 to switch ferries and head on to Anegada. Anegada is perhaps one of the most beautiful and quirky places in the British Virgin Islands. It was created by coral and limestone and not volcanic activity like the rest of the surrounding inhabited islands. Because of this, you can’t see it when you are setting sail to the island and once you are there it’s like you are on the edge of the world! Once docking, you can order the freshest lobsters. We suggest staying at Anegada Beach Club so that you can spend the entire next day exploring the island on scooters. Trip from Tortola’s Road Town to Setting Point is $35.

Our Favorite Anegada Trot: Rent scooters from the local shops and scoot down to Cow Wreck.

Cow Wreck

Cow Wreck

From Anegada, it’s a 13-nautical-mile trek south to Virgin Gorda and will cost $55. Virgin Gorda is perhaps one of our favorite islands and boasts The Baths, “a geological wonder comprised of awe-inspiring granite boulders, which form sheltered sea pools on the beach’s edge.”

Our Favorite Virgin Gorda Trot: The Baths

The Baths Flickr/Carolyn Sugg

The Baths Flickr/Carolyn Sugg

When you are ready (or not) to go home, you can take a ferry back from Virgin Gorda to St. Thomas for $70. Important! A ferry is only offered on Thursdays and Sundays at 3:00PM, so if you are on Island Time, which we are sure you are (and don’t blame you!) you might end up staying for a few extra days.

If that’s the case, Virgin Gorda is not a bad place to get stuck: grab a Painkiller and enjoy the sun. If you are able to splurge, we recommend you stay at the upscale Bitter End Yacht Club and then hiking the next morning to the highest point on the island: Virgin Gorda Peak. The walk could take up to 2 hours round trip, so lace up those sneakers and enjoy the spectacular views for your trip’s cherry on top!

Check those ferry schedules on Faretrotter and get to planning! The islands are waiting for you!

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