U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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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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RESEARCH UP!

We’ve linked you up.

While you’re waiting for your flight to leave, spend a little time planning your adventure.

To discover the hidden gems remember to book your Antilles EcoQuest!

Resources:

 
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favorite places to dine:

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  • Barefoot Buddha - One of the few establishments offering healthy, vegetarian, and vegan options. Great coffee! Across the street from your WICO docked ship.

  • Island Time Pub. Located in Red Hook, upstairs in the American Yacht Harbor plaza. Family friendly. View overlooks yacht harbor and St. John. Delicious pizza, sandwiches, and the best ahi tuna salad on island..·     

  • Tap and Still. Delicious burgers, fries, shakes. Two locations: one within walking distance of your WICO docked ship and one in Red Hook, in the American Yacht Harbor plaza. We especially like Tap and Still for their cautious use of wasteful products.

  • Pie Whole. Located in Frenchtown. Super pizza and salads. Close to the airport.


Highlights not to miss!

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  • Drake’s Seat and the view above Magens Bay

  • Utter Delight – alcohol infused ice cream for all ages, near Magens Bay.·      

  • Stop at the Skyline Dr lookout. View from above the Charlotte Amalie harbor, Hassel Island, and on a clear day St. Croix. Great place to sit and watch the sunset.

  • Spend a little time in Charlotte Amalie. Walk the narrow streets, view Danish architecture, and take in the sites of the capital of the U.S.V.I. 

  • Visit a beach. Walk barefoot along the shore, cool off in the crystal clear waters, the underwater world is captivating.

  • Nature lover’s should spend an entire day exploring St. John. Over half the island is managed by the National Park Service.  Park entry is free of charge. Stop at the Visiter Center located within walking distance of the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. 

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Please be cautious on your water usage while visiting, the islands. Rain catchments are universal. You’ll notice rum is more economical to purchase than fresh water. 

Recycling is not available to island residents. Cruise ships however DO RECYCLE! Please return to ship carrying your daily usage of trash, plastic containers, take out boxes, etc.

Remember to book that Antilles EcoQuest adventure – we can’t wait to show you our islands!


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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Are you ready to get away from it all?  A destination that’s easily accessible, seems familiar, yet everything is different?  The U.S. Virgin Islands may be just what you are in need of.  No highways, no shopping malls, and brace yourself, no Target. Yet everything you need is here.  

Visit a different beach everyday of the week, roll down the windows, head-bob to reggae, and move with the curvature of the hilly winding roads. You’ll rarely exceed 30 mph, yet your heart will be racing with excitement. With every turn, the views are absolutely amazing and out of this world! 

ENCHANTED BEAUTY

From the moment you catch glimpse of this tiny palm fringed island, outlined with a brilliant azure Caribbean Sea, your mind will be captivated by the islands natural beauty.  These tiny islands jet from the sea, in waves of lush green-forested hills, only to slope steeply again; creating a landscape of cresting and plunging. Black volcanic rock adds a striking contrast to the soft white sand beaches. These cosmopolitan islands were shaped by Danish heritage and West Indie influences, creating a microcosm uniquely it’s own.  

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AQUAMARINE SEA

From above or below, the ocean rewards you. Beaches flow gently into the sea providing easy access to offshore reefs and calm harbors to float your day away.  Block out the world above water and integrate yourself in this salty sanctuary. Skim alongside a school of blue tang, make eye contact with a sea turtle, and observe something unexpected and presentable just to you.  The clear and gentle ocean provides a playground for discovery. Migratory birds and humpback whales visit the archipelago yearly as a winter destination. The reflective turquoise color will captivate your attention and make every photograph spectacular.

GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Take a step on a global pathway; the islands are composed of diverse people and elements from around the globe.  Tourism has exposed the island chain to many influences in recent years. Many family units are comprised of genetically unrelated individuals, but contain deep and rich supportive connections.

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EXPERIENCES MAKE US WHO WE ARE

Expose yourself to remarkable change.  Trying new things is rewarding and vacations are temporary, so you’ll be back home soon enough.  Relax your style with casual dress, flip-flops, and wind blown hair. Sample Caribbean cooking, sweet locally sourced rum, and fresh mangos from a tree. Bask in the sun, lounge under a palm, or take a walk through a forested jungle. Brave driving on the left (in a left driver side vehicle). Visiting the Virgin Islands, you will have ample quirky adventures.

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A U.S. TERRITORY

NO PASSPORT required if you are a U.S. citizen.  You are not leaving the United States. Transform a family holiday away from long distance drives and busy streets. There is something for everyone in the Virgin Islands; posh lifestyle or quant cottages, sophisticated dining or beach food trucks. View the unique culture of the USVI. Reach a world away with a four-hour flight from NYC and less than three hours from Miami.  

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Seeking small town homage or stark solitude, you will find it in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Antilles EcoQuest will connect you to your passage.  

Welcome ashore.


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