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Virgin Island Travel With a Local

By David Burlison

Travel The Virgin Islands – A Local Travel Guide
If you are planning a trip to the Virgin Islands, are you sure about your travel plans. There are unique travel sites where you can ask established locals pertinent travel questions about your travel destination. Ask a local about your selections and it is free. Ask a local about your hotel plans, favorite restaurants, favorite beaches, local attractions known and unknown.

A Word From a Virgin Island Local
Just ask a local and do not be unpleasantly surprised and disappointed. Just imagine a lazy island local on a normal Sunday afternoon. Hello… I can hear the gentle surf and feel gentle winds through the palm trees on a typical winter day, as I lay on my blanket with left over dinner lobster, a bottle of cheap rum with orange juice. The sun is gentle and the view second to none. I am on Trunk Bay, United States Virgin Islands. It is December and the temperature is a high of eighty-two degrees. The night before I went to a local beach bar and listened to a local jazz band.

Tomorrow I will be traveling by ferry to the British Virgin Islands,Virgin Gorda, for a day trip by ferry and spend the day exploring the magnificent Baths of Virgin Gorda. I will return that night to a luxury condo overlooking the ocean that I rented at a bargain price and plan my next day, considering the many sites and beaches just a short drive away in my rented jeep. Yes, I have traveled the Virgin Islands every year for twenty-five years. I practiced law and lived there in 2007/2008. If you go there plan ahead. Use your precious time wisely. Whatever your budget or goals, a resort hotel, private home-condo, quaint guest house, or chartering a sailboat, you can make your trip the best you ever had. Get with a local and let them be your guide. Save time and money and do not waste your precious time.

Smooth sailing. If you are going to the Virgin Islands, consider these travel tips. Always practice social graces on the islands. If you travel the Virgin Islands.. one important tip..It is very important to always approach anyone with a friendly “Good Morning” or ” Good Afternoon”. I cannot over emphasize this. It is an insult to the locals if you do not. The locals expect this and may not even recognize you if you forget to start a conversation with this simple introduction. If you travel on the islands there are several ways to do this. Assuming you want to explore the islands of the virgin islands, and if you go there you honestly need to spend some time going to the many beautiful beaches, quaint restaurants on the beach, historic sites, etc and just spend time enjoying the island experience.

St Thomas, St Croix, St John or  Water Island
All three islands have their own personality. St Thomas has the luxury resorts and the world class duty free shopping. St John has the National Park and the true tropical experience. St Croix has a little of both plus great golf courses. All three have great beaches. You will notice I mentioned Water Island. Water Island is a small island that is secret small island just south of St Thomas, known about mainly by the locals. It is a small island with private gentle beaches, private rental homes and quaint quest houses. Water island is like having a private island to yorself, but just a short boat ride from the hustle and bustle of St Thomas.

Travel On The Islands
So if you are going to explore you have several choices. You can rent a car/jeep (a car is fine), take the local taxi services, or take the little known local shuttle, the “Safari”. If I stay over a week, I will usually rent a car at least a couple of days. It will cost $50- $65 a day. Rent from a local mom and pop shop. Their cars are fine, they deliver, they are cheaper and they will negotiate. You can rent a local taxi, however, a taxi is not cheap. For two people to travel from one end of the island to the other it will cost $20-one way. If you stay in close proximity to the major east/west highways on St Thomas, you can take the local shuttle, the “Safari”. It is a reliable open air shuttle bus the locals use and cost just one dollar to go from one end of the island to the other. A new bus arrives at many sites along the route about every ten minutes. It is safe, interesting and amazingly fast.

Travel books and guides are fine, but are often outdated. At any given destination there are locals that know their location better than any travel book author. The local even knows about those hidden gems at their location that tourist are not privy. Why spend thousands on a vacation and not be sure about your selections. Why not ask a local.

St.Croix, US Virgin Islands – An Overview


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