Last year we stayed on Anegada for a week then St. Thomas (Marriott) for 5 days. From St. Thomas, we went on a snorkel tour (smaller boat - group of 8 people) to Virgin Gorda, The Baths, ate lunch at Coopers Island, and snokeled at caves. Good trip. We took another tour that toured St. Johns inland.
Anegada is a good haul from the other islands. I don't know about getting there from St. John - I'd be interested in finding out if there is a day trip. There is a ferry that runs from Tortola to Anegada.
Anegada was our favorite of the islands. We like "different" places and Anegada is certainly different. Anegada is a remote barren island that will offer you a unique experience you will not find at other Carribbean Islands. Wild long horned cows roam the island. It took us three days to figure out where the grocery store in town was at - no sign on it, etc. We rented a jeep & explored the small island - it was very interesting. Saw the flamingos.
The beaches are great and there is good snorkeling off the beach at Loblolly Bay. We were there in winter and another beach near Loblolly had fierce waves (fun to watch). Loblolly is more protected. At the other end of the island, there is a nice beach, bar, & restaurant. The island is surrounded by great beaches but those 3 have facilities (bar, restaurant, bathrooms).
There is nothing fancy about the Anegada Reef Hotel but it is clean, safe, has awesome food, and friendly people. Every night boats dock there to eat. It is fun to sit at the outdoor bar & get to know people from all over the world. To get to the hotel website, goto http://www.anegadareef.com/.
If you go for the day, you will need to rent a car or taxi to get to the islands. Anegada Reef Hotel has a van for tourists that goes to the beaches but I am not sure how that works for those not staying there.
All the islands you mentioned are great to visit. I would grab a Fodors Travel Guide of the area or another guide to plan my day trips.
PS: You do need your passport to go to and from the US Virgin Islands and the BVI. May still be able to use birth certicate and drivers license. Bottom line is, you have to go through customs.
Anegada is a haul to get to from STJ. You'd have to take the ferry to West End Tortola to go thru customs, then catch another ferry to get to Anegada. I think the ferries from Tortola to Anegada run twice per week. By the time you got there, I think it would be about time to head back!
Having said that, we just visited Anegada last week on a bareboat charter. If you really want to visit all of the islands you can, a bareboat or captained week long charter is the way to go!!! Ever considered doing that?
If you're interested, I could provide you with information about charter companies, etc.
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