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Diving off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Dive into the Culture, Nature and Beauty of the US Virgin Islands

The Carribean is home to some of the most culturally diverse and visually stunning islands in the world, and the US Virgin Islands is no exception. Boasting its very own brand of beauty, these historically rich islands are overflowing with offerings.

Buoyed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Carribean Sea lays a cluster of islands known as the US Virgin Islands. Like the rest of the Carribean, the US Virgin Islands have a diverse fingerprint owed to their colonial past. But, their history and culture are all their own, comprised of the varied travelers, inhabitants and visitors to the islands. Today, the main islands– St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix– welcome two million visitors per year, and with their rich history and stunning natural environment, it’s not hard to see why.

A historic site in St. Croix

St. Croix

Start on the largest of the main islands, St. Croix, where you can experience the area’s historic Danish influence in Christiansted and wander through 18th-century buildings in the urban national park.

You’ll find plenty of natural beauty to explore, like the Carribean gem, Buck Island Reef, coastal hiking spots at Jack Beach and sea turtle spotting at Sandy Point. St. Croix is also home to the easternmost point of the United States, Point Udall. Hop in a car and drive there for bucket list bragging rights and stunning panoramic sea views.

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What to Eat:

  • For some of the best seafood in St. Croix, go to Duggan’s Reef. The ocean-front favorite has been serving islanders and visitors alike for 30 years.
  • Old World ambiance meets New World decor at Savant.

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St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas

It’s not just the cultural roots that run deep in the US Virgin Islands, it’s also the water.

With hundreds of unique dive sites throughout the area, St. Thomas boasts some of the best diving opportunities in the world. From spectacular reefs to shocking shipwrecks, there’s almost as much to see below the water as on the land. When you’re done diving, explore the territorial capital, Charlotte Amalie, where you can visit Blackbeard’s Castle, climb the 99 steps or take the Skyride aerial tram to Paradise Point. If you’ve got a car, be sure to take a drive through St. Thomas for unmissable landscapes and a panoramic harbor view.

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  • Try your hand at paddleboarding at St.Thomas’ most popular beach, Magens Bay.
  • If you’re down to dive, contact an expert in the area like Admiralty Dive Center.
  • For incomparable views, hike Paradise Point in St. Thomas, or better yet, take a skyride via Paradise Point tram.
Aerial view of a beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. John

The smallest and most untouched of the main islands, St. John offers natural beauty aplenty, and myriad ways to experience it.

St. John is where you’ll find the USVI’s most famous beach, Trunk Bay, named for the leatherback turtles of the region, known locally as “trunks.” While you’re there, follow the self-guided snorkeling trail, or choose to charter a boat for a luxurious day on the water.

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What to Eat:

  • If you’ve got a boat, raft, paddleboard or kayak, venture over to Lime Out, a floating cottage/restaurant offering craft cocktails and crunchy tacos.
  • For light and healthy fares with an unbeatable view, visit The Longboard.

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