Water Island is the newest, and smallest, of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Water Island was acquired by the USA in 1917 from Denmark but continued to be owned by a corporation until several decades later. In 1996, it became part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island sits in the Charlotte Amalie harbor, and many believe it to be an extension of St. Thomas–it’s not!
At only about 500 acres, this tiny island is a thing of beauty. This was the stage for MTV’s Season 15 of “The Real World-St.Thomas,” but only has about 200 residents and just a few commercial establishments. The main attraction on Water Island is Honeymoon Beach, where you’ll find a collection of beach bars grilling up lunch and mixing drinks for visitors. Water Island is also know for Fort Segarra, an underground fort partially constructed by the U.S. during World War II, and scuba diving site Supermarket Reef, in Limestone Bay.
The best part about Water Island is that while it may be a stone’s throw from St. Thomas, it feels like its world’s away. Water Island is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and just be an island castaway for the day.