Water Island, St. Thomas

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The smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Water Island boasts a rich history and pristine tropical beaches. The Taino first settled the island in the 15th century; later, Denmark had claims on its territory, as did free Afro-Caribbeans, who owned and ran their own cotton plantations. Take a ferry to the tiny island, where you can lounge on the soft white sand under the shade of palm trees. Swim in the calmer waters, or head to rockier, more secluded spots for snorkeling and scuba diving among the wild coral reefs. The diverse marine life here includes vibrantly colored fish and sea turtles. Add Water Island and other attractions to your Charlotte Amalie trip itinerary using our Charlotte Amalie visit site .
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  • Take an afternoon and go to Water Island. Although this beach has more of a party atmosphere, it's still beautiful and worth the visit. Dinghy's bar serves the best drinks of any beach bay by the way ...  more »
  • They rent Golf Carts to travel around the island. It's just a short boat ride across the water. There is a Beach and a Fort you can explore. The Family enjoyed the day we spent there  more »
  • Very nice but very poor island, hit by the hurricane! Overall we enjoyed the history and beautiful beaches, we found it convenient to buy tanzanite jewelry!
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  • Water Island is true paradise. No cars on the island and about 160 residents. It's heaven and I'm returning there when I retire. The people are wonderful me everyone is super cool and nice.
  • Beautiful family friendly fun
  • I want to live!
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