Peaceful days. Starry romantic nights. Palm tree lined sandy beaches. This has to be paradise!
Water Island is the fourth and smallest island of the U.S. Virgin Islands, At a mere 491 acres, Water Island has a look and a feel of an exclusive private island. With a population of approximately 200 people, you never get the feeling of being crowded.
A traffic jam consists of two or three golf carts being on the road at the same time. Roads are not in great shape and are only about 12 feet wide. That is why golf carts are the main mode of transportation.
The main attraction is Honeymoon Beach. This human-made mile stretch of white sandy beach is perfect for laying in the sun and snorkeling in the crystal clear blue water. Don’t be surprised if you arrive at the beach and find you have it all to yourself. You can sit on beach and watch fish jump and Pelicans dive, and you will feel like you do not have a care in the world.
If you are looking for a place to stay on Water Island, some homeowners, rent their homes out when they are off island. Colorful Bananaquit birds, or also known locally as “Sugar Birds,” Iguanas and gorgeous Hibiscus and Bougainvillea complete the tropical setting. You can quickly see why first-time visitors fall in love with the island and return every year.
If you are looking for a lot of tourist shops and fancy restaurants, you will not find them on Water Island. There is a little bit of commerce, a lunch wagon on the beach every day and on Saturday nights, a quaint little beach bar and a small restaurant to dine at. If you want supplies you will have to transport them from St. Thomas.
Arriving at and from the island is straightforward. There are scheduled ferries to Water Island. Or perhaps, as many residents do, use your fishing boat or dinghy.