Day tripping by ferry from St. Thomas to Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The United States Virgin Islands (of which the St. Thomas city of Charlotte Amalie is the capital) is shockingly close to the British Virgin Islands ("BVI" or simply "Virgin Islands" as the British call them, of which Road Town is the capital). The border between these two territories seems in fact to be the closest the two closest of allies come to one another geographically.

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Seeking sangria on Tortola and St. Thomas, two Caribbean islands that love rum

We've set out to find the best sangrias to write home about from the Virgin Islands. We begin with a word to the wise: don't walk into a bar expecting to find sangria. Wine isn't a hot commodity down here, and no matter where you get it, it's probably going to have a splash of rum thrown in for good measure, making for a distinctly island take on this classically refreshing Spanish favorite.

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Dining and (occasionally) wining in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Situated in the central harbor of St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie is the island chain's largest city and capitol of the United States Virgin Islands territory. The nearby resorts could make for an all-inclusive vacation in and of themselves, but we're big believers that those who confine themselves to a resort miss the best food and most interesting experiences.

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