Plan your trip to U.S. Virgin Islands
Regional Population: 108,708
Time Zone: America/St-Thomas
Local Currency: USD
Just 90 miles from Puerto Rico are the U.S. Virgin Islands, a group of islands in the Caribbean that are a major vacation destination due to their pristine beaches and top diving locations. The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the major islands Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, as well as many small islands—all of which are volcanic in origin.
Each island embraces its history—with ancient burial sites and national parks—as well as its flourishing tourism including sailing safaris and an array of family water sports. Scuba diving and boating are among visitors’ favorite water activities that are offered through local shops like Cane Bay Dive Shop on St. Croix, which organizes daily trips to popular destinations such as Cane Bay and Annaly Bay.
For stunning panoramic views of the islands’ natural scenery, tourists can embark on a Skyride adventure from St. Thomas to Paradise Point or hike to Drake’s Seat on St. Thomas, the former lookout spot of Sir Francis Drake, an English privateer in the 1500s who kept watch for enemy ships of the Spanish fleet.
Chill on gorgeous beaches, ply Caribbean waters, tour historic attractions and shop duty-free on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John—while leaving your passport at home.
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Enjoy some of the best cuisine on the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Savor pan-Caribbean specialties, Asian fusion and local beach-joint fare.
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St. Croix is celebrating the New Year with the much-anticipated return of popular cruise lines to the Caribbean island destination after several years of little to no cruise ship activity.
You don’t have to dive deep to explore a vibrant undersea world in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Check out our dive expert’s top spots.
A St. Croix dive shop offers scuba programs especially geared toward kids to help them learn about the wonders of the deep blue Caribbean Sea.
Immerse yourself in the diverse cultural mix of Caribbean and Danish influences on a vacation to the most populated island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Read our expert’s tips on all that this USVI hot spot has to offer, from top beaches and hotels to the best places to pitch your tent.
Learn about marine life and help conduct sea studies through a volunteer program at VIERS, a research facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Discover St. Thomas’ treasures from duty-free shopping malls, white-sand beaches and historic attractions—but visit when the cruise ships aren’t there.
Grab your sailing gear and head out on a boating adventure in the waters around St. John and St. Thomas.
Enjoy the Caribbean paradise of the U.S. Virgin Islands—and help preserve it—with a stay at one of these luxury eco-camps.
Check out these top accommodations and activities for families planning a vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands.