U.S. Virgin Islands
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This giant, white, palm-lined horseshoe is generally agreed to be one of the top ten beaches on the planet. It's well-kept and has cafés and bars, lifeguards, and showers, but, being the least-secret beach in the Caribbean, it gets mobbed. One tip: Virtually nobody gets there until 10 a.m.
Water Island Ferry
Crown Bay Marina
Tel: 340-775-5778, 690-4159, or 690-4446
Weekdays: 6 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.; Weekends: 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix…and Water! This is the fourth-largest USVI, a peaceful 500-odd-acre spread of beaches, palms, and gentle hills populated by birds, iguanas, turtles, and the hardier breed of locals. Don't miss the divine stretch of sand called—what else?—Honeymoon Beach. You can tour by foot or rent a bike.
DUFFY'S LOVE SHACK
6500 Red Hook Plaza
This infamous beachy bar with a popular list of kitsch cocktails and a reggae-to-hip-hop sound track provides the loud night out you may conceivably be craving. Don't be misled by the gentle name: Some nights are tropical spring break.
ANNABERG SUGAR PLANTATION
Leinster Bay Rd.
Virgin Islands National Park
A supremely evocative, beautifully preserved sugar plantation dating from around 1870, it really takes you back in time with its living-history presentations. Double dip with a visit afterward to heavenly Leinster Bay below the plantation—great for snorkeling.
THE CRUZAN RUM DISTILLERY
3 & 3A Estate Diamond
Tours: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday
Tour this distillery, founded in 1760, and you learn more than how to make rum—from the story of the estate itself to what role rum played in the island's history. The 24-acre park with its ruined 1730s sugar plantation has gorgeous walking trails, too.
BLUE MOON RESTAURANT & JAZZ CLUB
17 Strand St.
In an early-19th-century stone house on the waterfront you will find boho decor, great bistro menus, and—if it's Wednesday or Friday night or Sunday brunch—red-hot jazz, played by visiting musicians sitting in with locals.
DIVI CARINA BAY CASINO
Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino
35 Estate Turner Hole
Tel: 340-773-9700 or 877-773-9700
Not everyone on the island was delighted when the USVI's first and only casino opened in 2000, but you will be if you're in a reckless mood. It's teeming with 20 gaming tables, 300 slot machines, two bars, and live music nightly—all till 4 a.m. The only exception is Friday and Saturday, when they stay open all night.