One of the lesser-known islands in the US Virgin Islands chain, Water Island features a small residential community of just around 200 people. Tourists planning a getaway here are typically doing so for that exact reason: to get away. All of the island's notable attractions are beaches, which is quite all right with its visitors; those who want to do some sightseeing can sail over to Charlotte Amalie for a nice cultural experience.
You'll find a large selection of beaches to choose from on and near the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. Just click on the name of each beach to get additional information about that particular location.
If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a location worth considering is Honeymoon Beach. The beach area features immaculate white sand and turquoise waters, perfect for snorkeling or swimming. Palm trees decorate the island, while lush green hills overlook the beach area.
Another alternative to consider is Sprat Bay Beach. A quiet, calm bay that is almost never crowded, this beach is lined by coconut trees and offers the ultimate tropical island shore experience.
Emerald Beach: Named after the nearby airport, Lindbergh Bay is home to Emerald Beach, which provides soft, white sand that's popular with locals. The occasional sound of planes and proximity to the airport tends to deter tourists, though it is perfect for those that want calm waters and soft sand, without the hassle of a crowd.
The island and surrounding areas have many other beaches. Navigate here to see our page dedicated to beaches for Water Island.
A landmark worth visiting is Fort Segarra. It is located in southern Water Island. From sun up to sun down you can explore this military land mark.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Crowell's Battery. It is found within Hassel Island Historic Park and located within Hassel Island, East of Water Island. Part of the British build-up of Hassel Island, this position was not abandoned until the 1960s when it was used to signal the harbour master that ships were arriving. Today, it has no purpose save historical interest, and is slowly crumbling.
Garrison House: Visitors who make their way to Hassel Island will undoubtedly want to explore the ruins. However, as there is no supervision on the island, keep in mind that ruins can be dangerous and their is always the hazard of collapse.
This island has other places to visit. Click to find our page about other sites worth seeing on and around Water Island.
Hassel Island Historic Park is one of the local attractions you might consider visiting. Once connected to St. Thomas at the edge of the harbor, this island was separated and turned into a completely new island by the Dutch who hoped to create better water circulation. Today it is privately owned, but an important natural and historical landmark.
Another local attraction you might want to consider is Butterfly Garden. Come explore the fascinating world of butterflies at the Butterfly Garden. Located at the end of the Havensight cruise ship dock, this is a great relaxing place to visit where you see exotic species of butterflies from around the world including South America, Asia and Africa. You’ll learn about these amazing creatures which brings delight to children when they get such an interactive experience. If you just want to take pictures of these natural beauties you are welcome to do that as well.
Fortunately, there are some other natural attractions. For a more detailed look at natural attractions on and around Water Island, see this page.
Vacationers don't generally go to Water Island for its gambling opportunities, although there is one option nearby, Rock Bar Gaming. Every night is a good night at the Rock Gaming Bar. Grab a drink and test your luck as you how fun in the intense atmosphere and listening to the current music hits.
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