Which island is right for your destination wedding?

There are so many beautiful islands in the world.  I would dare to say that most islands are beautiful.  However having lived in the islands for many years,  I have become a bit of an " island snob".  Sooooo  many beaches to choose from. How do you choose the right one for your destination wedding?  There are many factors that will play into your decision.  Today's topic  is boating in and around the island of St John, US Virgin Islands.

I love that the US and British Virgin Islands are so close to each other.  A  favorite activity here  is to go island hopping.   There are many choices for spending time on the water here.  Sunset sails  are romantic and  relaxing .  An 1 1/2 hour cocktail party on the water- you don't even get your feet wet!

A day trip to the Jost Van Dyke ( British Virgin's) is a blast ( passport required).  If you go with one of the many great companies on island they start with a continental breakfast   After breakfast a snorkel stop - where the captain decides to stop usually depends on the tide that morning.  Now that you have worked off your breakfast ....the bar opens and bloody mary's or mimosa are available - REMEMBER you do need to keep your strength up after snorkeling for an hour!  As you enter Great Harbor the main port on  Jost- aka "barefoot island"- you will think that you have stepped into another time.

Lunch usually follows at Foxy's and then on to the other end of Jost to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar.  This unique site is home of the Pain Killer.  A delicious rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and some crème of coconut - with fresh nutmeg sprinkled on top.  I can attest to the power of these potent little drinks as I have spent a few afternoons in the hammocks at the Soggy Dollar.

If you are wanting to explore the islands on your own- consider going with Captain John Brandi of Palm Tree Charters. John is a great host - his boat is a smooth power catamaran that holds 6 max and he specializes in a family day of fun. Make sure you check out " A shot of Brandi" on Youtube- he has a hilarious story about an aging film star sighting in Tortola one day.

If you feel that you have enough boating experience there are great power boat rentals. Do consider a captain , however if your experience is on a bay or lake.  The reefs here are tricky and one thing that will dampen any vacation is having to purchase a new motor because you ran up on the reefs.  Also do keep in mind drinking and captaining a boat do not mix well together.

For those who want to test their skills, consider deep-sea fishing.  You could be cooking fresh Mahi or Turn for dinner at your villa later.

How about renting a dingy?  Check out all the little coves and beaches around St John.  Many can only be accessed by the water- daily dingy rentals are available.

If you are wanting to learn more about our amazing marine and ecology of the island, think about doing a guided kayak tour of the mangroves.

As you can see there is something for any age and skill level- St John is an island that is meant to be explored!