You have wanted to visit St Thomas and St John in the US Virgin Islands for years now but you never seem to have enough money saved up to afford a proper trip. You shouldn’t give up your dream – you can still visit this slice of Caribbean paradise on a budget. All you need to know is the tips and tricks of those who visit St Thomas and St John (these gorgeous islands are only 4 miles apart – with only a crystal-clear blue sailing waterway called Pillsbury Sound separating them) with little to spend. With the following tips you should be able to have as much fun as anyone else:

•    Accommodation will be your biggest expenditure so start thinking about it early. There are different types of room and board on the island, but if you want to save money your best bet is on shred housing. Get a group of friends and family together, pool some money and rent a small or medium sized cottage. By splitting costs, you will be able to afford decent living quarters and have enough left over to pay for fun activities.

•    Since you are renting a cottage you should try as much as possible to have a self-catered one as well. This means that you will be preparing your own meals, which is much cheaper than going to a restaurant or hotel every time to feel hungry. Talk to your landlord about where you can find supplies – for a little extra money there are some who are happy to shop for you.

•    When booking cruises, you may be discouraged by the large sums that some cruise or charter companies ask for. Do not be discouraged – there are great deals to be had so long as you talk to the right people. A hotel concierge or cruise director can point you in the right direction. You can also rent a boat and a guide and sometimes bring your own equipment, food or drinks.

Or better yet stick with a day sail charter company in the business for years. Like the Legendary Jester Sailing Adventures – been doing charter for nearly 25 years! Find them on the website and book direct to save:  Book Jester Sailing here. They can often pair you up with other guests to save!

Lastly, shopping is duty free, but make sure to look for bargains and ask your charter boat or day sail captain and first mate for recommendations.