U.S. Virgin Islands

Travel Guide
Trunk Bay which includes island views

Sail between the three main islands of this Caribbean chain or select one for an extended stay to enjoy sunny beaches and explore unique history.

Vacation in the relaxing atmosphere of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Three main islands offer sunny days and sandy beaches along with centuries of interesting history.

The islands’ warm weather entices people to escape cold winters in the U.S. mainland. On St. Thomas, the protected harbor of Charlotte Amalie comes alive when cruise ships arrive. Walk along the streets to enjoy duty-free shopping. Outside of town, Magens Bay offers 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) of soft sand and clear water for family enjoyment.

Take a ferry across the 4-mile (7-kilometer) stretch of sea from Red Hook on eastern St. Thomas to Cruz Bay on St. John. More than half of the 20 square miles (5,000 hectares) of St. John is Virgin Islands National Park. Read the subsurface markers as you snorkel along the 225-yard (206-meter) Trunk Bay underwater snorkeling trail to observe schools of colorful fish, swaying sea fan coral and occasional sea turtles. Visit the relics of the island’s 18th-century sugar-producing era at the Cinnamon Bay Factory, Peace Hill Windmill and Annaberg Plantation.

St. Croix is the largest of the islands. Rent a jeep to explore the island’s rugged interior. Learn about the Danish West Indian history of the islands in Frederiksted at Lawaetz Family Museum and Whim Plantation Museum. Sample Caribbean rum at the local Cruzan Distillery. St. Croix is known for the excellent selection of fresh produce at its farmers markets. Purchase ingredients to cook your own feast or enjoy fresh seafood or varied international meals at the island’s more than 120 restaurants. Boat to Buck Island Reef National Monument for snorkeling and scuba diving.

The U.S. Virgin Islands offer numerous options for a romantic proposal, wedding or honeymoon. Remember to drive your “just married” rental car on the left side of the road. U.S. citizens do not need passports to travel here. Fly to St. Thomas or St. Croix or sail on a Caribbean charter or luxury cruise boat.

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Smith Bay Beach showing a beach and tropical scenes
St. Thomas
Known for Beach view, Islands and Excursions
Sandy beaches, spectacular scenery, exciting watersports, duty-free shopping and colonial monuments make this one of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ liveliest destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Sapphire Beach
  • Magens Bay Beach
  • Coki Point Beach
Trunk Bay featuring a bay or harbor and a beach
St. John
Known for Beach view, Islands and Snorkeling
With no airport or major ports, this isolated island requires visitors make an effort to get here. Those who do are rewarded with stunning beaches and lush forests.

Reasons to visit

  • Trunk Bay
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Honeymoon Beach
Frederiksted which includes general coastal views
Known for Beach view, Dining and Snorkeling
St. Croix’s second-largest town features beautiful European-style architecture, a lovely beach and some exceptional dining establishments.

Reasons to visit

  • Fort Frederik
  • Estate Whim Museum
Known for Beach view, Dining and Islands
Relaxing Kingshill awaits: its beaches, island views, food, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Cane Bay
Christiansted featuring general coastal views
Known for Beach view, Islands and Sea
Dive or snorkel around tropical reefs, discover the island’s fascinating colonial past and share stories over rum with locals in this idyllic town.
Buck Island
Buck Island
Known for Beach view, Romantic and Family-friendly
Romantic Buck Island is calling! Discover its beaches, food, sports, and more.

U.S. Virgin Islands