US Virgin Islands: America’s Paradise

Charlotte Amalie Harbour, St. Thomas USVI

Charlotte Amalie Harbour, St. Thomas USVI

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Islands

There are three main islands to visit in the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.  There is also the small, but historically interesting Water Island.

St Thomas Island is home of Charlotte Amalie and the capital of the US Virgin Islands.  It is the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie is the principle cruise terminal as well as the location of the airport on the island.

St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands at 82 square miles in area.  The island consists of two distinct towns; Christiansted and Frederiksted. The architectural quality and historic interest of the one-time Danish West Indies capital has made part of Christiansted (founded in 1734) a National Historic Site.

St. John is primarily a US National Park and provides an incredible vantage of nature in the Caribbean.  Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park volunteers staff an information kiosk on the island. Spend day after day on beach after beach, each with its own panoramic view.  Camp under the stars, or  let a friendly mongoose lead you along a woodland trail. Many of the trails end on a plateau high in the sky, offering panoramic views of white beaches, emerald cays, and turquoise waters.

Water Island is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands at under 1.3 square miles. Only a short 10 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas if you’re looking for something more than shopping, but not as rugged as St. John you will find it here.  To help get around the island you can rent golf carts.

Some of the things you can do on the US Virgin Islands include sailing, scuba and skin diving, water skiing and most other water sports.  Taking in a round of golf or horse back riding are also options if you have more time.  If you’re staying over night take the time to enjoy the night life.

If you are looking for a  tropical wedding location but don’t want to worry about passports – this is the perfect place!  Imagine being wed on the beach at Magens Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.  Receptions can be held at any number of locations from beaches to five star hotels and anywhere in between.  With scheduled daily flights provided by American, Delta, Jet Blue, and United from major mainland hubs Atlanta and Miami the Islands are a reasonable location for those along the eastern seaboard.

Things to know about the US Virgin Islands:

  • No passports are required for US Citizens,
  • You can bring back up to 5 litres of alcohol duty free,
  • Driving is on the left hand side of the road,
  • British and Canadian travellers can reach the islands easily via British Airways and Westjet code shares.  St. John is worth the trip.