The U.S. Virgin Islands make for a fantastic vacation experience, but with so many islands to choose from, you may be wondering which is the best U.S. Virgin Island to visit based on your interests and what you like to do! We’ve broken down some of the top U.S. Virgin Islands to visit and highlighted their special features that will let you decide which one is right for you!
If you’re not afraid of crowds and tourists, you’ll fully be able to enjoy the beauty of St. Thomas. The island is home to an airport and popular cruise port, which is why it is so busy and the most commercialized of the islands.
That being said, there is plenty to do and see everywhere you go. Right by the cruise port you’ll find fantastic restaurants and duty-free shopping. Taxis are everywhere, making it easy to get from place to place swiftly and conveniently. Some of the St. Thomas attractions include Coral World Ocean Park, Mahogany Run Golf Course, Bluebeard’s Castle, Haagensen House, and the St. Thomas Skyride to Paradise Point. After dark, St. Thomas features some of the most vibrant nightlife to keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.
If you need some downtime, head over to one of the gorgeous beaches such as Magens Bay. This area is also considered to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! And while you shouldn’t expect much privacy, you can enjoy swimming, boating, and other water sports to participate in.
If you really want to get away from it all, St. John is the best U.S. Virgin Island to visit. This island doesn’t have a major airport, keeping the crowds at bay. To get here, most will take a short ferry ride from St. Thomas for a relaxing and easy trip.
Why is this island so secluded and peaceful? Two thirds of St. John is a protected national park. This results in gorgeous natural scenery and not many options for public transportation, dining, or shopping. The beauty of St. John is its private, tucked away nature, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors or a peaceful romantic retreat.
As far as activities go, you can hike dozens of mountain trails that start on the scenic beaches all the way to the picturesque peaks, snorkel the underwater trail at Trunk Bay, visit the old sugar plantation ruins, drive along the scenic roads, or spend a day out on the water fishing and diving.
Where to stay: Westin St. John
The island of St. Croix also gives you an escape from the crowds and the tourists with a chance to take a closer look at the rich history of the islands, while enjoying a great selection of local dining options!
St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and offers a good mix of natural beauty and fun attractions, such as three gorgeous golf courses. Immerse yourself in the local history by visiting Christiansted where you can tour a historic fort, churches, and homes. You can also boat out to Buck Island for a snorkeling adventure to view an underwater national monument. St. Croix also boasts a variety of cultural events and festivals throughout the year. You’ll also notice the heavy Denmark influences in the island’s architecture and windmill fixtures.
For the liquor enthusiast, St. Croix is home to the Cruzan Rum and Captain Morgan rum, where you can visit the distilleries and enjoy tours and samples. Foodies will love sampling from all the local offerings including Harvey’s (favorite of basketball star Tim Duncan), Cast Iron Pot for traditional fare, or any of the roadside restaurants that serve chicken and roti.
Where to stay: Chenary Bay Beach Resort
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