Silky white beaches, cacti groves, rolling hills, inland forests and healthy local rum – that's the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Nestled between Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, this Caribbean archipelago boasts three main islands named St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomaswith 50 smaller islands. This dreamy seascape is located a short trip away from Florida, Miami and New York City. The United States Virgin Islands is America's Paradise with no off-season. If you are coming to Puerto Rico and are wanting to visit the US Virgin Islands, here is a list of things to do.
Top Attractions in the US Virgin Islands
- Virgin Islands National Park: This national park covers most of the St John area and acres of underwater portions. The National Park boasts miles of shoreline, coral reefs and 26 hiking trails. You can partake in birdwatching, hiking, petroglyph site exploration and many other activities.
- Bays: The US Virgin Islands contain numerous stunning bays that are beautiful beyond imagination. Cane Bay is magnificent and is known for sunbathing, walking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Cruz Bay is famous among retirees and is a great place to enjoy hiking, kayaking, snorkelling and other activities. Isaac Bay is a beautiful stretch of sandy land that preserves hawksbill turtles. Magens Bay is listed astop 5 amongst beautiful beaches in the world because it is so picturesque. It has picnic tables, food vendors, shower facilities, changing facilities and water-sports operators. Leinster Bay is a favourite beach among visitorsin the North Shore. There are typically very few people here and water currents are strong. Francis Bay is a prime location for birdwatching and snorkeling. Other bays that you must visit here include Cinnamon Bay, Hull Bay, Crown Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Salt Pond Bay and Maho Bay.
- Christiansted National Historic Site: It features several structures and the most prominent one is Fort Christiansvaern. These yellow-painted buildings have a historic significance because they have witnessed pirate onslaughts, hurricanes and slavery.
- St. Croix: It is the largest island in the US Virgin Islands group. The island is surrounded by hills, rainforests and picturesque towns. When you visit this island, definitely visit St. George Village Botanical Garden, Whim Great House, Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Buck Island Reef National Monument. Scuba diving and fishing is also a great activity to partake in here.
- St. John: It is the smallest island but the prettiest one. Two-thirds of Saint John is covered under the Virgin Islands National Park territory. You can snorkel and there is also amazing hiking here. Visit the Catherineberg Sugar Mill, Cinnamon Bay Sugar Mill ruins and Annaberg Sugar Plantation.
- St. Thomas: This island has been the most popular place among filmmakers and travellers because of its scenic, one of a kind views. Points of interest for tourists are Blackbeard's Castle, Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Church of All Saints, Fort Christian, Magens Bay Arboretum, Magens Bay, Red Hook, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Thomas Synagogue and the Coral World Ocean Park.
Best Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants in the US Virgin Islands
Beaches: The US Virgin Islands are known for their pristine blue waters, rustling palms, hammock-filled beaches and quaint seaside bistros. If you are looking for relaxation combined with an amazing beach experience, head to these beautiful beaches.
- Honeymoon Beach: It features soft white sand and shallow water with alot of shady areas from coconut palms. This beach is great for enjoying water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and paddleboarding.
- Magens Bay Beach: It is the crown jewel of St. Thomas. With white sand and gorgeous waters, this beach is a great option for families and children. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding and sunbathing here.
- Trunk Bay: Located in St. John, Trunk Bay features sparkling turquoise waters and soft white sand. Beachgoers love its relaxed atmosphere and good amenities.
- The Baths, Virgin Gorda: It is one of the most well-known beach destinations. You can relax on its spotless beach and explore its cave system including grottoes, crevices, colorful coves and boulders.
- White Bay, Jost Van Dyke: This pristine beach is good for relaxing and sunbathing. We highly recommendyou try new cocktails at the Soggy Dollar bar.
- Smuggler’s Cove in Tortola: If you want a tranquil beach experience, then come to Smuggler's cove. This beach has an abundance of palm trees, colorful fish and serene surroundings. This cove is also popular among swimming enthusiasts.
- Cane Garden Bay Tortola: This beach has plenty of water sports facilities and nightlife entertainment options.
- Anegada Island: This beach boasts the large Horseshoe Reef, the largest coral reef in the Caribbean. You will find a quiet and relaxed shore to enjoy your beach time.
Hotels: The US Virgin Islands has some of the best hotels in the Caribbean. Some of them have earned gold badges for providing ultimate luxury and 5-star services to customers. Top hotels in the USVI include the Buccaneer, Cottages by the Sea, Grande Bay Resort, Crystal Cove Villas, Hotel Carvelle, Holger Danske Hotel, Club Comanche Hotel, Estate Lindholm, Secret Harbor Beach Resort, Mafolie Hotel, Galleon House Bed Breakfast Inn and Pools Villa Hotel by Antilles Resorts, just to name a few.
Restaurant: The US Virgin Islands isn't just known for its beaches, trade winds and luxurious charters. It has a strong gastronomic culture. From curried meats to hulking shellfish to mango sweetened microbrews, you can find some amazing dishes and drinks here. To taste the most delicious cuisines, we recommend you to visit Miss Lucy's on St John and Midtown Restaurant on Tortola, Gladys' Cafe on St Thomas, St Croix's Ital in Paradise and St Thomas' Nile Valley, La Tapa, Thirteen, Havana Blue, Duggan's Reef, Callwood Rum Distillery, St Croix's Cruzan Rum Distillery, Ruby Roti Queen Restaurant on Tortola, Singh's Fast Food on St Croix, Daylight Bakery & Diamond Barrel, Gary's Bakery and St Thomas' Frenchtown Brewing among others.
Things to do in the US Virgin Islands
- Snorkeling and Diving: The US Virgin Islands has shallow waters, low current, sandy beaches and numerous snorkeling spots. Some of the top diving and snorkeling sites include Coki Point Beach, Hurricane Hole, Waterlemon Cay, Haulover Bay, Cane Bay, Buck Island, Norman Island & the Indians and The Baths. From huge starfish, sponges to corals and crustaceans, you will find diverse flora and fauna under the water in the USVI.
- Fishing: The US Virgin Islands is perfect for experienced fishermen and novice fishers alike. On any day, you can expect to catch blue marlin, white marlin, barracuda, jacks, bonefish, sailfish, wahoo, alison tuna, dolphin fish, kingfish, tarpon, conch and lobsters.
- Other activities: Most beaches have chair rentals, showers and other amenities, so you can have a relaxing time with your family and friends. Hiking is quite popular here. Paddleboarding and kayaking are two other water sports you can try your hands at.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has a rich cultural and historic legacy, pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and wonderful bays. Vacationers love to come to the US Virgin Islands via a charter to explore it aboard their own private yacht. At Yachts Puerto Rico Charters, we can help you plan your USVI itinerary and satiate your needs with our yacht charter services. We have a range of crewed luxury yachts to cater to your unique vacation needs. Our yachts are equipped with luxurious accommodations, entertainment, water toys and dining facilities. All you need to do is pack your bags and come here to enjoy the richness of this beautiful group of islands. Contact our charter expert here to discuss your itinerary.