WHAT TO DO

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Everyone has a little different take on fun, excitement, and entertainment. To be inclusive of everyone we want to share some of the many activities you will find in the Virgin Islands. Hopefully YOU will find something intensely satisfying!

The cover photo reflects an Antilles EcoQuest dream day: earth, water, and sky. From this spectacular St. Thomas beach location, your biggest decision of the day is to swim in the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea. If you’re like us, we’d enjoy them BOTH!

 

Whatever makes you happy, FIND IT and spend as much time as you can enjoying.

 

TROPICAL FLOWERS

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If your passion is tropical flowers the island abounds with gardens, patios, and streets adoring a bounty of color and fragrance. Smell the sweet scent of a frangipani, wild gardenia, or jasmine. The Phantasea Tropical Botanical Gardens hosts an abundant array of orchids, tillingsias (air plants), heliconia, and bromeliads.

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ISLAND INHABITANTS

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Some very unique land animals make St. Thomas their home. You may view large iguanas, donkeys, tarantulas, red footed tortoise, or mongoose. You will need to leave the urban settings to see more than chickens. Look for mongoose at Magens Bay, donkeys on St. John, and the tortoise is a resident of Water Island.

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OCEAN LIFE

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The undersea world is the BEST part of the Virgin Islands. There’s no need to be an expert; grab a face mask/snorkel and put your head in. It’s that easy! Turtles and rays will typically be in the grassy areas. Octopus will be hiding in the crevasses. Move slowly and quietly, let the sea life find you.

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CHARTER A BOAT

Departing from Frenchman’s Reef in St. Thomas The VI Cat has an excellent sail to Turtle Cove and a romantic dinner sail.

KEKOA is a favorite in St. John. Well respected captain and crew.

If you prefer speed, check out Southern Hospitality, also located in St. John.

The sport fishing king of the the islands is Ocean Surfari.

Be your own captain, rent with St. John Dinghy Rental.

 

LOCAL FOOD

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Food trucks are not really our thing, but we have heard good reviews from others who enjoy eating from roadside stands. Look for Roti’s, pate’s, and pop up fruit stands along the roadways.

Brewers Beach road trucks. Johnny cakes, pate’s, and local cold refreshments.

The New Ashleys, just past the rental car pick up area on Airport Road, Excellent Roti’s.

Lakes Chicken, in Smith Bay. The chicken and Johnny Cakes are very, very delicious!

There is no mega or one stop shopping in the islands. K-Mart is the only big name retailer. Other grocery stores include: Moe’s and Food Center in Red Hook, Plaza Extra in Tutu, and two Pueblo’s one near each cruise ship dock.

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QUITE TIME

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Magens Bay and Sapphire Beach both have lounge chair rentals. Snorkeling can be very quiet and relaxing. Floating along with your ears underwater makes for a fantastic getaway from the world. Others find coffee shops a great place to unwind and people watch. Barefoot Buddha in Havensight has an excellent outdoor seating area and WIFI for patrons.

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EXCITEMENT

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Antilles EcoQuest has the MOST exciting activities in the islands! The FuN lasts for an entire day. Join us for an island adventure. Hike, snorkel, jump, body surf, discover your island connection.

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Antilles EcoQuest looks for ways to connect each person with what brings them joy. Let us help you find your island connection.
Beauty surfaces everywhere you allow yourself to observe.

 
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TOUR VS EXPERIENCE

What’s the difference you ask? Antilles EcoQuest, a unique island experience, not a tour. A personalized adventure exploring sites you wish to see and learn more about. You gain a personal island connection. Tours are often shared with other guests, have a rigid predetermined schedule, and you have limited say in the activities.

Your unique island experience is precisely that, your experience. You deserve more on your vacation than being treated as a tourist. Spend a day with us and be treated as part of our family.

EXPERIENCE TOUR

  • private crowded, up to 100 others on same tour

  • you determine the focus predetermined activities

  • flexible time frame fixed time and schedule; hurried

  • licensed guide inexperienced, seasonal employees

  • access the inaccessible hundreds follow same path/waters daily

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YOUR ISLAND EXPERIENCE

Uncover island history, snorkel, hike, or lounge by the sea and be one with nature. Your exclusive guide will meet you at your cruise ship and escort you independently via local “Safari” to a beach, trail, or destination site of your selection. Together we will explore what interests YOU.

 

Take the plunge and drift apart from the others. You’ll feel in-tune with the island vibe, a part of something larger than yourself.

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Antilles EcoQuest will integrate you into the island for a day. As a small guide service our reputation depends on your fulfilled dreams. We strive to make each outing unique and aligned with your imagination. We make your day in paradise as relaxed or exhausting as you desire. A slow barefoot hike along sandy tidal pools, snorkeling in the calm Caribbean waters, or an adventurous hike to secluded beaches seldom visited by locals and rarely a tourist in sight.

Urban or beach, your vacation merits personal service and fulfillment. Our guides are trained professionals, certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and licensed in the USVI. Julie is a past U.S. Park Ranger, stationed in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska. Ask her about the bears!

Booking with the large tour company you are just part of the group being ushered along. Your guide will be an inexperience untrained seasonal employee, pointing out landmarks along a scripted tour. Select the intimate unique adventure. Make that island connection of your own. Move away from the crowds and heavily traveled trails.

You are unique, you deserve a unique island experience!

Your Antilles EcoQuest adventure will be exclusive to you.

Yes, you may be offered an opportunity to taste a termite, why not? Our guide service is FuN and adventurous. No worries if you decline the offer, but try something new during your visit. There’s a world that was meant for us to see. Choose to be unique and not follow the crowds. Come explore a small island located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, find your island connection with Antilles EcoQuest.

STAND APART FROM OTHERS

Your Antilles EcoQuest guide is licensed, insured, and certified in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED Rescue. Drug and substance FREE. Meet our guides!

 
 
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