Classic Island Experience
One of the foremost vacation spots in the world, the U.S. Virgin Islands have it all - stunning stretches of unspoiled beaches, exciting water sports, marvelous coral reefs, and delicious island cuisine… the complete Caribbean experience.
The USVI are made up of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, along with several other smaller islands scattered nearby. Of these, St. Croix is the largest. Its main draw is several protected marine areas that are known for having world-class scuba and snorkeling. For shopping, eating, and nightlife, St. Croix has two major towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted. The architectural quality and historic sites of Christiansted has earned it the distinction of being on the National Historic Register.
St. Thomas proudly boasts Magens Bay, a mile-long stretch of white sand that is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Those interested in the Caribbean’s pirating history can visit Blackbeard’s Castle, purportedly used by the infamous seafaring criminal as a lookout for his next potential victim. St John is the least developed of the three main islands, most of it belonging to a U.S. National Park. But where St. John is developed, the establishments are posh and upscale, earning it the moniker “The Beverly Hills of the Caribbean.”
Acquired as a U.S. territory in 1917, the U.S. Virgin Islands have become a major holiday spot for mainland Americans and are a popular choice for destination weddings and cruise ship departures. Some claim that the islands are too “mainstream” and have lost much of their Caribbean identity through decades of aggressive development and tourism. But for certain travelers, the conveniences and comforts that the U.S. Virgin Islands provide are worth every penny.