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Deserted Island Getaways: 5 Places To Get Lost

Shallow Aqua Waters Along St. Croix St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Shallow Aqua Waters Along St. Croix St. Croix, Virgin Islands

These uninhabited islands will really let you get away from it all.

The Caribbean is full of beautiful islands that boast huge resorts, elegant marinas full of yachts and lots of tourist traps that visitors either love or hate. But there is a side of the Caribbean that is less commercial. With hundreds of cays and small islands barely bigger than sandbars, a true deserted island experience is possible, even if just for an afternoon. Most of these gems are only accessible by private vessels, so be sure to book your boat now!

  1. Exuma, Bahamas

    With more than 360 islands (some are inhabited), the Exuma district of the Bahamas is largely untouched by modern life. If you love diving and snorkelling, renting a boat to explore the blue waters of this Bahamian paradise will not disappoint. With lots of colourful coral reefs, hidden caves and submerged grottoes to discover, your next visit to the Bahamas should definitely include a trip to these deserted beauties.


    Image via The-Bahamas.net

  2. Sandy Spit, BVI

    When you think of washing up on a deserted island, Sandy Spit is the epitome of what comes to mind. Big enough to walk around in a few minutes, this sun-soaked speck of sand is just a mile from Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. While it is uninhabited, it is a popular spot for travellers and residents alike, so depending on when you visit, you may not be the only “islanders”.

    sandy spit

    Image via Panoramio

  3. Cayo Aurora, Puerto Rico

    With just a few small, sandy beaches, Cayo Aurora is just off Puerto Rico’s southern coast. Part of the Guanica Biosphere Reserve, visitors a few trails through the mangrove trees as well as unique places to kayak. There is a roped off swimming area on the northwest side, and plenty of reef life to discover while snorkelling. Talk about a desert island fantasy – the locals know this area as Gilligan’s Island!

    cayo aurora

    Image via Panoramio

  4. Petit Tabac, Grenadines’ Tobago Cays

    Part of the Tobago Cays Marine Park, Petit Tabac is a small stretch of sand near St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This area is known for snorkelling and turtle sightings, so don’t forget your fins! Movie buffs will love knowing that this little island is where Captain Jack Sparrow was marooned in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

  5. Buck Island, St. Croix

    Perfect people who want a relaxing day on the water and see some fascinating marine, Buck Island is just a mile and a half north of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Complete with an underwater trail to explore, turtle sightings are common here and the water is calm and warm. Turtle Beach on the west end has even been named one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by National Geographic.


Sara Sherman
Sara Sherman is a former St. Thomas resident and the editor of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht.
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