A vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands is quiet possibly the closest thing to a perfect taste of the Caribbean as you can get. Boasting consistent 80 degree temperatures, pristine white-sand beaches, and a rum-infused taste of West Indian culture, this region of islands provides several different swoon-worthy tropical experiences all in one territory.
For beautiful beaches, booming nightlife, and great shopping, look no further than the island of St. Thomas. Its up-and-coming economic development, North American atmosphere and constant stream of cruise-ship visitors make it the most popular of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, and also the most visited.
If you’re yearning for unspoiled scenery, tranquil surroundings, and a chance to be one with nature, spend your time on the island of St. John. Roughly half of the island is a national park, so it feels like St. Thomas’ less-bustling alter ego. The extensive hiking trails, beautiful coral reefs, and intimate eco-friendly resorts on St. John have become a shining model for other ecotourism efforts throughout the Caribbean.
Somewhere between the two extremes of St. Thomas and St. John is the island of St. Croix, which is most akin to other islands in the Caribbean. It’s an island great at balancing a good amount of shopping and popular tourist attractions with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning historic architectural features. The most well-rounded of the Virgin Islands, I’d say.
Although it’s possible to spend your entire vacation enjoying one island, I highly suggest you take advantage of the variety this connection of islands offers. Timely ferry and plane connections make it relatively easy to hop between each island and discover which of the three suit you most! If you prefer to cruise, many cruise lines also offer itineraries that include U.S. Virgin Islands ports of call. The best part, if you’re a U.S. citizen, no passport needed. Happy travels!
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Written by Casey Cote: Casey Cote is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She loves planning incredible vacations at no cost to you. To book your next cruise, all-inclusive resort vacation, family getaway or honeymoon, contact at Casey@destinationstoexplore.com. You can also find her on Facebook!