U.S. Virgin Islands

Travel Guide
Trunk Bay which includes island views
Rise early to witness unforgettable sunrises, explore underwater scuba diving trails and stretch out on sandy beaches in this tropical territory.

The U.S. Virgin Islands enjoy an incredible setting in the middle of warm, sun-soaked Caribbean waters. Across the territory’s three main islands, discover colorful houses in historic towns, play golf on scenic fairways and dig your toes into the sand on stunning beaches.

Previously known as the Danish West Indies, the islands were purchased by the United States in 1917. Today, they remain a U.S. territory and Virgin Islanders are automatically granted U.S. citizenship. The tourism industry has grown significantly since the 1960s and is now a major part of the islands’ economy.

Take time to explore the largest of the islands, St. Croix. See the colonial houses in historic towns such as Christiansted and Frederiksted. Watch the sunrise from Point Udall, a monument marking the easternmost point in the United States. For a unique underwater experience, explore Buck Island’s underwater trails and beautiful coral reefs.

Head north to St. Thomas for pristine beaches and luxury accommodations. This is a popular option for honeymooning couples searching for a romantic, laid-back vibe. Experience stunning views of the island from the top of Blackbeard’s Castle and stretch out on a sun lounger on the white sands of Magens Bay. To learn about native Caribbean plants, stroll through the botanical gardens at St. Peter Greathouse.

Just a short hop to the east of St. Thomas is the beautiful St. John. Have a barbecue on Hawksnest Beach and try to spot starfish in Leinster Bay. Explore Virgin Islands National Park to see the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins, or hike the Reef Bay Trail through dense forests. Adventure sports such as windsurfing and kayaking are popular in the scenic Cinnamon Bay.

Getting to the the U.S. Virgin Islands is easy. Many cruise ships dock in St. Thomas, while the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas serves multiple international destinations. Frequent ferries run between the islands. Once you’re on land, rent a car to avoid taxi fares and explore at your leisure.

For the quintessential Caribbean delights of sun, sea, sand and laid-back vibes, head for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Popular cities in U.S. Virgin Islands

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

  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Trunk Bay
  • Honeymoon Beach
Frederiksted which includes general coastal views
Frederiksted
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

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

Reasons to visit

  • Cane Bay
Christiansted featuring general coastal views
Christiansted
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.
Grove Place
Grove Place
Known for Natural parks
Escape to Grove Place! Enjoy its parks.

U.S. Virgin Islands