The United States Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The main islands in this group are Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix, although there are many smaller islands that are part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are very popular tourist attractions due to their white sandy beaches, coral reefs, protected harbors, friendly people and great shopping. The climate is tropical with hot summers and a fair amount of rainfall. The U.S. Virgin Islands lie in the hurricane belt and have been hit a few times in the past.
Although the islands are part of the same territory, the three main islands have somewhat of a different feel and flavor. Tourists will enjoy visits to any of the islands and transportation between them is quite easy, but which island you visit may depend on what you want to do. Regardless of where you base your holiday, you will enjoy the people, the culture, and the nature of each.
St. Thomas is where the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, is located. Charlotte Amalie is known for great shopping. Whether you want jewelry, electronics, or just souvenirs, any trip to the Caribbean would not be complete without a visit to this shopping capital. In an area a few blocks by a mile, there are hundreds of shops filled with everything imaginable and smiling, friendly people.
The rest of the island is more natural and has many attractions, including Blackbeard’s Castle, a National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the world’s greatest beaches, Magens Bay. The main International airport is located on St. Thomas.
St. John is the smallest of the three main islands and is a nature lover’s paradise. The only access to it is by boat, and there are regular ferries from St. Thomas and Tortola. Because of the limited access, St. John is known for its natural beauty and fantastic beaches.
Most of the island is undeveloped, so it is great for relaxing and hiking. Trunk Bay, another of the world’s top-rated beaches is on St. John. St. John is also known for snorkeling and diving in the crystal clear waters over the coral reefs.
St. Croix offers the best of both worlds. It is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is home to two towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted. The shopping is great in both, but not as busy as Charlotte Amalie. There are also many wildlife refuges and parks on the island for the nature lover. The diving and snorkeling off St. Croix is world known and the beaches are beautiful as well. If you want a destination that has the best of all the islands has to offer. St. Croix is a great choice.
No matter what you like to do, shop, relax, enjoy nature, or be on the go non-stop, the U.S. Virgin Islands has everything you could possibly wish for.