St. Martin and the Virgin Islands
- Tour the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a World Heritage Site and an excellent example of British engineering ingenuity.
- Take in the 360-degree views of the Caribbean on Jost Van Dyke, the smallest of the four main British Virgin Islands.
At a glance
Duration: 12/11 Days, 11/10 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip San Juan, PR
Activities: Adventure, Culture, History, Wildlife
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The extensive exploration of the Caribbean is a complete tropical adventure on the St. Martin and the Virgin Islands Cruise. See for yourself why The Virgin Islands have drawn explorers, swashbucklers, adventurers, and so many others over the past 500 years. Experience the islands as they were meant to be experienced on the adventure of a lifetime.
- Day 1 - San Juan, PR
Being the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, San Juan is a must-stop on any trip through the Caribbean. It is Puerto Rico’s most important seaport, and is the island’s manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. The architecture of San Juan is very diverse, due to its size and all the cultural influences received during its existence. The oldest part of the city, known as Old San Juan, mostly features the influence of Spanish architecture. This part of the city is comprised of a network of settled roads; usually surrounded by ancient, two-storied houses built on masonry.
- Day 2 - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, this island is known for its rugged scenery and colorful folklore. With fewer than 300 inhabitants, it measures just four miles by three, with the highest point at 1,054 feet. Jost Van Dyke has been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans, and the British, with notable inhabitants including William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol Building, and John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society. Altogether, Jost Van Dyke packs a lot into its smaller size and is hands-down the best place to get a 360 degree view of the Caribbean.
- Day 3 - Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Powdery white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and a sheltered yacht-filled harbor characterize the island of Tortola, where the past of the West Indies meets the present of the British Virgin Islands. Besides being one of the most scenic islands in the Caribbean, Tortola has taken a deep interest in its cultural heritage, and has become an avid curator of the island’s pre-Columbian artifacts. A visit to the Virgin Islands Folk Museum will put your face to face with Arawak and Caribbean pottery and stone tools, plus artifacts of the wrecks of the Rhone and H.M.S. Nymph.
- Day 4 - St. Martin
A fascinating mix of local culture, St. Martin is a small island split roughly 60/40 between the sovereign nations of France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, as noted by its nickname “The Friendly Island”, the two different sides of the island are very friendly with each other, and the only border or boundary between them are monuments and signs. St. Martin exudes a holiday atmosphere, with its welcoming inhabitants, pristine beaches, and festive cuisine. The island is also a center for world-class shopping, with everything from outdoor markets to sophisticated European-style boutiques.
- Day 5 - Saba, Dutch Caribbean
Saba is a true hidden-gem of the Caribbean, and one of the smallest habitable islands you’ll explore on your trip. This makes it a secluded haven for visitors, who will get the chance to experience a taste of the Old Caribbean untouched by modern technology. The notable landmark on the island is the Harry L. Johnson Museum, located in a 19th century sea captain’s cottage at the end of Park lane in the historical district of Windwardside. The museum is situated in a meadow surrounded by beautiful flowers.
- Day 6 - St. Barts, French West Indies
Named after his brother, Bartolomeo, Christopher Columbus discovered St. Barts in 1493. St. Bart’s is now known as an upscale tourist destination with attractions like waterfront cafes, jewelry stores, high-end boutiques, private villas, yacht clubs, and Swedish architecture. Everyone finds their own piece of paradise on St. Barts, whether it’s retail pilgrimages to Calypso- the island’s most famous boutique, scenic sunset drinks on one of the island’s white-sand beaches, or a snorkeling adventure to see striking underwater wildlife in a secluded cove.
- Day 7 - Antigua, West Indies
While it was once the base of legendary British general Horatio Nelson, the complex coastline of Antigua has been transformed into a wealth of secluded, powdery-soft beaches. The island is also home to English Harbor, an internationally famous yachting and sailing destination. In the harbor, you’ll find active artist community with many artists, authors, graphic designers, photographers, musicians & galleries. Or you can visit one of Antigua’s 365 beaches, from the bustling Pigeon Point to the kitesurfing paradise of Jabberwock Beach.
- Day 8 - Nevis
This 36-square-mile island of Nevis lies near the top of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico, and just west of Antigua. This island jewel is approximately 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, with natural vegetation that is unparalleled. Green and serene, Nevis is truly one of the remaining unspoiled places and proudly carries the name, “Queen of the Caribees.” From the top of the 3,232-foot Nevis Peak to the depths of the clear waters offshore, there is a world of flora and fauna to be explored. In the hills, the comical, green Vervet Monkeys chatter and scamper; in the sea, the whales cruise by. Stroll around and see the architecture of eras gone by: churches, windmills, and refurbished Great Houses.
- Day 9 - St. Kitts, West Indies
Although similar to the other islands in the Caribbean, St. Kitts most seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. It is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air, and fantastically abundant vegetation. In Basseterre’s historic district there are excellent examples of the Creole and West Indian architecture. Artists of the island create works inspired by their own native traditions, life on the islands, and African roots. Pottery is especially notable, both red clay pieces and pieces fired with colorful glazes and indigenous designs. Dutch cultures have sculpted the island’s motif. This can be observed while shopping for island specialties such as needlework, silkscreened fabrics, and beachwear from the artisan’s foundations.
- Day 10 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
The largest of the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix boasts a rainforest-style nature reserve, botanical gardens, a bird/leatherback turtle sanctuary, and three parks. A low-lying island of gentle landscape and rolling hills, St. Croix is vastly different from its mountainous sisters. St. Croix became a rich sugar producer and developed a plantation society that prevailed long after the abolition of slavery. Today, many of the island’s sugar mills and plantation homes have been restored and the colonial heart of the Christiansted and Frederiksted are on the National Historic Registry.
- Day 11 - San Juan, PR
Visit colonial structures that have been restored and now serve as government offices and museums. Some examples are the Ballajá Barracks, the headquarters of several cultural organizations; La Fortaleza, which has served as the residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico since the 16th Century; and the Ancient Welfare Asylum, which now houses the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. Old San Juan also features several public squares, like the Plaza de Armas, located in front of San Juan City Hall; and cathedrals like the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
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