Dazzling beaches, year-round idyllic weather, a colorful heritage – all on American territory. It’s no wonder the US Virgin Islands are among the most popular destinations in the Caribbean!
Of the 60 mostly uninhabited islands that make up the US Virgin Islands, the biggest and most visited are St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Their appeal lies in the amalgamation of the exotic and the recognizable, an island paradise with modern comforts, and a balance between Caribbean culture and American practicality.
The energetic capital of Charlotte Amalie, with its attractive harbor, lies on St. Thomas. This island is the most Americanized of the chain, famous for its world-class duty-free shopping. Nearby St. John is an unspoiled nature lover’s paradise, with most of its forests, pristine beaches, and reefs part of a protected national park. The largest of the islands is St. Croix, and its remoteness from the others, the historic remnants scattered about the landscape, the pretty Danish-influenced towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted, and the snorkeling at nearby Buck Island are the attractions here.
Surrounded by the emerald waters of the Caribbean, these islands boast some of the most splendid coastline in the world, with white-sand beaches, astonishing coral reefs and bountiful marine life, secluded coves, and untouched rainforests rising up above the sea-swept landscape. Caribbean color touches every aspect of the islands, blending with the strong Danish influence in the towns. White sails glide effortlessly across the waters, local craftsmen display their unique island art along cobblestone alleyways, tiled villa roofs provide a splash of red against the verdant hillside, busy markets supply the essentials for a delicious cuisine, and the sounds of folk songs and calypso bands fill the air.