If you’re vacationing on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’ve GOT to set aside some time to venture into the British Virgin Islands. Trust me…if you don’t, you’ll be missing out. Feeling a little overwhelmed about how to do day trips from St. John to the BVI? Not sure which islands to visit or how to get there? This post is for you! Here’s everything you need to know about day tripping it to the BVI from St. John:
The Lay of the Land
While technically two separate countries (part U.S. and part British), the Virgin Islands’ proximity and culture really make it feel like one destination. This means that traveling between the US and British Virgin Islands really isn’t that big of a deal. While it’s really one big island chain, the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix) are located at the southwest end while the British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, and about 60 smaller islands) are located at the northeast end. You will need a passport and you’ll have to pay exit taxes (plan to have about $45 cash per person) when you leave but otherwise, it’s a pretty routine and quick boat trip (depending on which island you’re headed to). Read this post for 22 things to know before you go to the BVIs.
Which Islands to Hit
The two most popular British Virgin Islands to visit on a day trip form St. John are Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. While Tortola is the main island, it’s more of a bug and less likely to be your destination if you’re only going for a day. And Anegada is too far out to reach as a day trip from St. John. Those are the main islands but there’s also a smattering of smaller islands that many of the boat charters make stops at for snorkeling and lunch. Here’s the breakdown of the islands I would suggest visiting as a day trip from St. John: