White Bay, Jost Van Dycke BVI
Together with St. John and St. Croix, St. Thomas is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) located in the Caribbean Sea. Charlotte Amalie, the capital, is a paradise for duty-free shopping lovers. A maze of narrow streets that wind and intersect with each other, full of high-end boutiques where you can buy jewels at competitive prices but also watches and precious stones of the most famous luxury brands.
Veteran's Drive, the main street, separates downtown from the harbour, a privileged place for a sunset aperitif or a romantic dinner. Located on the North side of the island, Magens Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a meeting place for locals. The best way to visit it is to arrive early in the morning, when the beautiful crescent-shaped bay is still empty or throw the anchor a little farther out and enjoy the silence and wonderful vegetation.
Just over 20 minutes by ferry, St. John's Island with the beautiful Trunk Bay which is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Trunk Bay is named after the lute turtle which is endemic to the Virgin Islands.
The beach is divided into two parts, the main beach and the Burgesman Cove area, which is located at the Western end of Trunk Bay near Jumby Bay where you can snorkel or just relax and admire the colours of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four islands belonging to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) along with Tortola, Anegada and Virgin Gorda. Like many of the neighbouring islands, it is a volcanic island with countless hills overlooking the sea and delightful beaches.
Virgin Gorda is the third largest of the British Virgin Islands after Tortola and Anegada and is best known for "The Baths" which are spectacular geological formations of imposing granite rocks on the Northern coast of the island dotted with natural pools and secret pristine bays. Getting there it is not an easy task as you need to pass through narrow tunnels carved in the rocks, however, the heavenly vision of Devil's Bay is worth the effort.
Anguilla is the Northernmost of the Leeward Islands, East of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and north of Saint Martin, Anguilla is a very small island about 25 km long and 5 km wide, surrounded by many uninhabited islands, called cays. It seems that the name is derived from the Italian word "anguilla" (eel) which Christopher Columbus gave it for its shape. Thanks to the reputation of its lively and internationally recognized gastronomic community, the island has earned the title of "gastronomic capital of the Caribbean". Starred and emerging chefs share their signature dishes mixing Caribbean, African, Spanish, French and English influences. The abundance of seafood, crustaceans, shrimps, crayfish, crabs, lobsters and conch, the typical shellfish hidden in beautiful pearly shells, make Anguilla a decidedly gourmet Caribbean destination.
Saint Martin/Sint Maarten is an island with a double soul, divided between two European Union countries, France and the Netherlands. Of course, there is no border between the French and Dutch part, but the diversity of the territory is remarkable. Philipsburg is the capital of the Dutch part, as well as the largest and best equipped cruise terminal, capable of accommodating up to five large ships per day. The promenade leading to Great Bay, the city beach, is a succession of outdoor bars and restaurants, where you can stop for a relaxed drink and do people watching. Saint Martin, like St. Thomas, is a privileged destination for lovers of luxury shopping; in the glittering boutiques of Front Street and Back Street, diamonds are the must-see/must-have items on sale and it is virtually impossible not to find the right one, from the classic flawless "solitary" to the most eccentric, yellow, pink, emerald-cut stones.
Marigot, on the French side, is a much quieter town, its colourful little houses have a decidedly Caribbean flavour, nothing to do with Philipsburg’s glamorous and luxurious atmosphere. The marina can easily accommodate yachts, sailing ships and small ships, while the uncrowded beaches, such as the beautiful Baie Rouge, are a true hideaway for those seeking relaxation and solitude. The island has at least 37 beaches, including the world-famous and overcrowded Maho Beach, close to Princess Juliana International Airport, where people gather to see the giant airplanes taking off and landing at a very close distance.
Saint Barthélemy, often shortened to St-Barth in French, and St. Barts in English, is a French overseas community and a favourite destination of the international jet set.
The small harbour, inaccessible to large ships, is in Gustavia, the capital, a very picturesque and glamourous town. The language, cuisine, culture, everything in St. Barth talks about France’s elegant and sophisticated culture. St. Barth is a popular destination for celebrities from all over the world and the "rich-and-famous" who visit the island during the winter months and especially at Christmas and New Year's Eve.
An affluent travel destination that attracts every year over 70,000 people looking for a hotel room, an exclusive villa to rent or a front-row berth in the harbour of Gustavia.