Attractions on Water Island

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. 

Beaches
Water Island Beaches

Honeymoon Beach

You will discover a large selection of beaches to consider on and near the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the beach names for a detailed guide to that particular location.

If you want to snorkel, a place with that option is Honeymoon Beach. The beach can be accessed off of Main Road, but be advised that Water Island must be reached via boat.

Attractions Map

A second option for beach-goers 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: The beach is accessible by taxi, bus, car, or foot, thanks to its close proximity to the airport. Airport road connects directly to the beach, as well as to a small car park outside of the beach area.

Of course, you'll be able to find many other choices for beaches on and near the island. You can obtain more information by going to this page.

Landmark Attractions

St. Thomas Historical Trust
The USVI Landmarks

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Fort Segarra. It is located within southern Water Island. Fort Segarra is unique among American Forts in the Virgin Islands is that it is built underground. It was built as part of the American defensive strategy during World War II, and today offers its corridors to be explored by inquisitive visitors.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Crowell's Battery. It is a part of Hassel Island Historic Park and found 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.

These are just a few of your choices. For a more detailed look at other interesting places to visit this specific topic, see this article concerning other sites worth seeing on and around the island.

Natural Attractions

Butterfly Garden
The USVI Natural Attractions

One of the more frequently visited outdoor attractions is Hassel Island Historic Park. <p>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.</p>

Butterfly Garden is another local site to consider visiting. <p>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.</p>

Fortunately, you can find additional nature attractions. To find out more about natural attractions on and around Water Island, click here.

Casinos

The USVI Casinos

Vacationers do not usually go to Water Island to find gambling, but there is one to check out nearby, Rock Bar Gaming. <p>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.</p>

 

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