Magen's Bay on St. Thomas. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

A St. Thomas Weekend Getaway Itinerary

Dip your toes into the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with an extended weekend getaway to St. Thomas. Sample the beaches, snorkeling, shopping, and dining, and return home revived and refreshed. Good air connections make this a practical choice for visitors from the eastern United States.

Diving at the RMS Rhone National Park wreck site. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Salt Island and the Wreck of the RMS Rhone

Many islands in the Virgins have salt ponds where crystal salt was collected, but no island had a larger or more productive pond than Salt Island. It’s also home to the wreck of the RMS Rhone, the preeminent dive site in the British Virgin Islands and one of its most visited attractions. Learn about the island’s history and how to thoroughly explore the Rhone’s remains.

Trunk Bay is the most exquisite beach on St. John. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Trunk Bay: St. John’s Most Magnificent Beach

Trunk Bay is a vision of fluffy white sand, sea grape trees, and coconut palms. Trunk Cay, just offshore, is a tiny island of rocky cliffs, tufted by hardy palm trees. Named for the leatherback turtles, locally called trunks, which nest here, and fully equipped with facilities, this is what Caribbean beach dreams are made of.

Sunset on Anegada's southern coast. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Discover Anegada of the Virgin Islands

Flat, empty, and so low-lying that early explorers feared it would slip beneath the sea, Anegada and its accompanying charms are singular among the Virgin Islands. Its attractions are simple: fresh seafood, solitude, and miles of empty white beaches. Athletes and adventurers can complement the quiet times with world-class kitesurfing, or expeditions through the island’s wild interior.

A boulder at the Baths National Park. Photo © Todd VanSickle.

Experience Baths National Park, BVI

Virgin Gorda’s Baths National Park is one of the most famous sights in the British Virgin Islands. The Baths are a landscape of building-size boulders, clear saltwater grottoes, and powder-white beaches. There are endless pools for exploring, swimming, and snorkeling. The park is a playground, where even grown-ups are tempted to climb over and around, looking for a quiet pool or hidden room.

Giant elephant ears at Sage Mountain National Park. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Hiking Sage Mountain National Park

Sage Mountain National Park, a 92-acre park in west-central Tortola, is home to scenic overlooks, a forest untouched for over 500 years, and a host of delightful tropical trees, flowers, and animals. Hikers will enjoy cool air, dozens of signs that identify trees and plants along the trails, and climbing to the highest point in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

The beach at Long Bay in Tortola. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Planning Your Time on Tortola

High hills, winding roads, and spectacular vistas define Tortola, the most populous and most developed of the British Virgin Islands. Exploration on Tortola is an adventure, one whose rewards include secluded beaches, memorable day hikes, and colorful beach bars.

The Anegada rock iguana is making a comeback, thanks to the iguana head-start program. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Anegada’s Iguana Head-Start Facility

Thanks to BVI government efforts, the critically endangered Anegada rock iguana–once outnumbering people on the island–is making a strong comeback. Learn about the iguana head-start facility and its efforts to save the species. Since iguanas in the wild are incredibly shy, this facility is also your best chance to see one, and it’s well worth it to visit.

The view from Gorda Peak on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands of the Carribean.

Exploring Nature on Virgin Gorda

Mid-island, Virgin Gorda remains relatively unspoiled because of the difficult topography and exceptionally rich in rare and endangered species. On the western shore, the green hillsides cascade down to a string of white sand beaches. Here in the middle of the island, you’ll find great hiking, a beautiful beach, and nature lovers will definitely want to explore one of the best examples of dry forest in the islands.