Destination guide

A 15th-century beach retreat without the crowds

You may be fooled when you first arrive at Water Island. Embrace the tranquilityÑit's exactly what you can expect day in and day out on this pleasant island that is home primarily to residents and charming rentals. If you've booked a Water Island vacation rental, don't worry about navigating heavy throngs of people. Without commercial establishments, the island focuses largely on offering visitors the creature comforts of home. Of course, home probably doesn't have the same fascinating historyÑWater Island was first settled in the 15th century!

Things to do

There once was a World War II fortress...

For all its quiet solitude, Water Island is still home to a fascinating attraction. Fort Segarra is a history lover's delight; it was designed to be a United States defense strategy location during World War II. Although the war ended before the fort was used, it is now a popular destination that showcases everything from underground meeting rooms to tunnels. On St. Thomas, don't miss the fascinating Pirates Treasure Museum and St. Thomas Synagogue. Kids in particular will appreciate the interactive exhibits at The Virgin Islands Children's Museum.

Activities

Experience solitude, or ferry your way to resort bliss

Hop on the ferry to St. Thomas if you want to bulk up on your daily activities. Sticking to your Water Island vacation rental is more than welcome, tooÑthere's nothing better than soaking up the sunshine. Otherwise, check out the specialty boutiques on St. Thomas, and get to know the area better by boarding a boat. It's a great way to indulge your inner adventurer with the family. What would an island getaway be without a massage at a luxe spa? And no trip to St. Thomas is complete without sampling the lively nightlife. Pop into a bar to catch a performance.

Weather

Into each day a little rain must fall

The good news is that packing for Water Island is easy. You'll need sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's powerful rays, and you may want to add a cover-up in the event of a cool breeze. Otherwise, enjoy mostly pleasant weather dailyÑjust be aware that rain is more or less always forecast in the Virgin Islands. If you're traveling in fall, rain is even more likely to, well, fall. Winter is a generally mild affair, with temperatures ranging from around 70 degrees to the mid-80s. How can you go wrong?

Natural features

Living the pura vida on Water Island

Measuring approximately 2.5 miles long, Water Island is set on roughly 492 acres of land. The island's fragmented shape can be attributed to the many peninsulas and bays that give it its irregular appearance. Born of volcanic origin, the tranquil island sits south of Saint Thomas. Beach life is the star of the show here. Druif Bay is home to breathtaking Honeymoon Beach, set on the western coast of the island. A scenic spot that lives up to its name, it boasts thick palm trees and plush white sands.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Water Island

The nearest airport is in St. Thomas (SPB-St. Thomas Seaplane Base), located 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into St. Thomas (STT-Cyril E. King), which is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Water Island, VI?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 25 vacation rentals around Water Island. From 4 house rentals to 7 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Water Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Water Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Estate Western Water Island: 1,064 vacation rentals
  • Estate Eastern Water Island: 1,068 vacation rentals
  • Estate Hassel Island: 1,259 vacation rentals
  • United States: 550,356 vacation rentals
  • Puerto Rico: 2,923 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Water Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Water Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Water Island:

  • Estate Western Water Island: 1,064 rentals
  • Estate Eastern Water Island: 1,068 rentals
  • Estate Hassel Island: 1,259 rentals
  • Tortola: 200 rentals
  • Estate Smith Bay: 2,000 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Water Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Water Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Virgin Islands National Park: 1,988 rentals
  • Secret Harbour Beach: 2,025 rentals
  • Gibney Beach: 1,989 rentals
  • Coki Beach: 2,017 rentals
  • Honeymoon Beach: 1,982 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Water Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Water Island

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