Traveling to St Croix, St John, & St Thomas, USVI
Most are not aware that the U.S. Virgin Islands is popular as a no-passport-needed destination for U.S. travelers. The main islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are among 50 total islands. One of the most popular locations is Trunk Bay, with it’s beautiful, perfect sand beach.
Each Island has it’s own personality and activities that you can enjoy. Don’t forget to sample the local delicacies and exotic fruits. Now let’s take a look at each island individually, starting with St. Thomas…
St. Thomas, USVI
St. Thomas is home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie. It has been the heart of St. Thomas’ activities from colonial times to present. Historic buildings found throughout downtown, will take visitors back to the Danish era.
St. Thomas is largely mountainous. Many of the roads around the island offer beautiful panoramic views of the island and ocean. Amongst the hills and along the beaches you will find an array of accommodations; resorts, historic inns, guest houses, vacation homes, villas and condos.
This island is a water lovers paradise. During your vacation, plan a few beach days, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, a day charter, kite boarding, sailing, fishing, kayaking and para-sailing. While on land, you can play a round of golf, take an island tour, check out some attractions, take in the historical sites downtown and do some shopping. In the evening you can hit happy hour at a bar or restaurant and enjoy the night life this island has to offer.
With the beauty of St. Thomas under our belt, now let’s move on to St. John…
St. John, USVI
St. Thomas is the gateway to St. John which does not have an airport. Regular ferry service connects the two islands. St. John is an easy day trip for visitors staying on St. Thomas. Cruz Bay is the main town on St. John and Coral Bay both have the necessities that cater to residents and visitors alike.
The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John includes beaches, hiking trails in the forests, past historical sugar plantation ruins, around salt ponds, over hills and through valleys. Park rangers offer programs and talks including bird watching, hikes and cultural demonstrations.
Many visitors to St. John report getting hooked. They are hooked on the relaxing pace of things on St. John, on the opportunities for snorkeling, island hopping, windsurfing, sailing, shopping, dining, and on the beauty of the National Park.
Now that we’ve seen some of the natural splendor St. John’s has to offer, let’s see what awaits us in St. Croix…
St. Croix, USVI
The largest of the islands in the USVI, St. Croix is sometimes referred to as the ‘big island’. The two main towns are Christiansted and Frederiksted. The north shore consists of mostly resorts and condos and vacation villas can be found in other various areas. The big island offers a big assortment of activities for visitors to enjoy.
If you are a diver, you have likely heard of ‘The Wall’! St. Croix is well known for its wonderful dive opportunities. If you aren’t a diver, you can take introductory classes while on vacation. Additional water sports to partake in during your vacation may include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and boating. On land you can plan a game of golf, take an island tour, explore scenic forests by jeep, enjoy jazz at outdoor concerts, shop, dine, catch a crab race at a local bar, or a horse race at the track. There is always something to do or to see.
St. Croix has 3 National Parks: 1. Salt River, which protects a diverse ecosystem in addition to prehistoric ruins; 2. Buck Island, which has stunning marine gardens; and 3. the five historic structures in Christiansted that give visitors a look into the Danish colonial way of life. Additional parks and preserves include: Sandy Point notable for its beauty and for its protected sea turtles, and Jack and Isaac Bays.
There is no doubt why this group of islands are included in the top 10 most beautiful islands.