Welcome to the United States Virgin Islands - St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas!
A territory of the United States of America since 1917, the United States Virgin Islands is an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean Sea.
The United States Virgin Islands is comprised of three principle islands - St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, and fifty smaller islands, cays, and islets that are part of the Caribbean Archipelago. The islands are located 1,100 miles from Miami, Florida and 1,650 miles from New York City, a short flight from the continental United States you'll find yourself immersed in paradise; often touted as “America's Paradise.” A year-round destination that has no real "off" season with an average winter temperature of 28 degrees Celsius (slightly higher in the summer), here the weather is almost always beach perfect.
The United States Virgin Islands is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Spend the day sunbathing your cares away or relaxing in a beach chair or hammock at one of the islands consistently ranked top 10 beaches in the world. If you want to kick it up a notch there is an abundance of exhilarating water activities; from world class diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding to windsurfing and jet skiing. Nowhere else in the Caribbean can you dive a wreck, wall, pier and reef all in one day! Whether you're a newly certified diver or a more advanced one, there is much to see in our pristine waters, with more than 500 species of fish, 40 types of coral and hundreds of invertebrates inhabiting the water. Land activities are sure to fascinate with lush landscapes and awe-inspiring vistas creating the perfect setting for horseback riding, hiking, off-roading, biking, and other entrancing Eco tours.
The flags of seven different nations have flown over these islands, leaving their distinct imprint on the people, history, culture, architecture, art, music, and cuisine. The U.S. Virgin Islands has a rich cultural legacy that lives on today. Take a stroll back in time through one or all of our Historic towns, visit our 17th and 18th-century forts, museums, and historic sites. Be immersed in the pulse of the local music and take part in the vibrant and colorful cultural displays during our annual Carnivals and Festivals. With a tapestry of West Indian, African, European, and American influences you'll be sure to experience the diversity. You'll taste it in the local fare to cuisine that spans the region and the globe. You'll see it in the architecture and art. You'll hear it in the captivating sounds of Quelbe music. You’ll feel the vibrant energy that permeates the spirit of all those that call these islands home. All of your senses are sure to be awakened by the enchanting beauty of the United States Virgin Islands, a leader in sustainable tourism that protects and preserves the natural environment and cultural heritage.
Each island has its unique character and charm. Here are just a few to send you on your way to paradise:
A cosmopolitan island with the authentic Caribbean charm. The capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, is one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean, and its natural harbor is by far one of the most beautiful in the world. The island of St. Thomas is pulsing with vibrant energy and teeming with great opportunities for duty-free shopping, elegant dining, attractions and even submarine rides. Soak up the sun at one of the world’s most famous beaches, the heart-shaped wonder, called Magens Bay. Re-discover history at museums, forts, historic sites, or admire stunning panoramic views by a hike, bike or sky tram.
A beautiful and diverse island that is sure to inspire. The flags of seven different nations have flown over the island of St. Croix, leaving a distinct imprint on the architecture, art, music, culture, and cuisine. Take in the local culture while you stroll through the towns of Historic Christiansted and Frederiksted. Explore Buck Island Reef National Monument, one of a few naturally occurring underwater national monuments in the U.S. Many beautiful beaches also await, from hot spots to hidden gems. Horseback riding to a nearby 18th-century sugar mill to a championship golf course nestled in a mesmerizing valley at the foothills of the US Virgin Islands only subtropical rainforest. You’ll have no shortage of fun activities set in the perfect environment to relax and invigorate the senses.
A nature lover’s paradise, St. John offers incredible beaches, hiking, camping, and specialty shopping and breathtaking views. In addition to the natural beauty of St. John visitors can enjoy the pristine splendor amid modern luxuries. Originally settled by the Arawak and Carib Indians, the island has an indigenous past as rich as its landscape. The beaches of St. John are world renowned and consistently ranked some of the world's best beaches like Trunk Bay. Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. You'll soon find out why locals and fans alike call St. John, "Love City." You'll fall in love at first sight.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has so much to offer any traveler seeking the quintessential Caribbean experience. Head to visitUSVI.com to continue exploring our islands and find out for yourself why the locals and thousands of return visitors call our islands “so nice!”