The US Virgin Islands offer a unique blend of Danish heritage, American glitz and friendly, relaxed Caribbean attitude – just perfect for a honeymoon holiday or romantic getaway.
Consisting of 60 mainly uninhabited islands and cays, the largest and busiest islands are St Thomas, St Croix and St John.
The nearby British Virgin Islands are just a short plane ride away.
Famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, St John offers some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, underwater photography, sailing and hiking in the Caribbean.
Blessed with lush tree-covered hills and mountains fringed by pristine white-sand beaches, St John offers a welcome escape from the crowds of historic St Croix and bustling St Thomas.
St John is the smallest and most pristine of the three main US Virgin Islands.
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There is more to idyllic St Thomas holidays than sun, sea and the stunning Magens Bay Beach – considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Blessed with great conditions for sailing, scuba diving and game fishing, St Thomas also offers fine dining restaurants, a choice of luxurious 5-star resorts and arguably the best discounted duty-free shopping in the Caribbean.
Home to a natural deepwater harbour, St Thomas is one of the busiest cruise ports in the Caribbean and is certainly the busiest cruise ship harbour in the West Indies.
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More laid-back and relaxed than bustling St Thomas, St Croix is the largest of the islands and offers a great range of outdoor pursuits as well as historic sights, good restaurants and shopping in the charming ports of Christiansted and Frederiksted.
St Croix offers excellent swimming and snorkelling from a choice of white-sand beaches, as well as scuba diving and fishing. The western shore is perfect for biking, the tropical rainforest in Christiansted is best seen while horseback riding and the Old Custom House, the wharf area and the historic Fort Christiansværn, which dates from 1774 is best enjoyed on a walking tour.
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St Thomas is the most American of the three main islands and offers a huge selection of honeymoon accommodation options including the beachfront palazzo-style Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas, and the Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, a large, all-inclusive and luxurious American-style mega-resort.
St Croix offers a choice of resorts providing free water sports as well as nightly entertainment. Try the luxurious Buccaneer, a family owned resort that faces three of St Croix’s best beaches.
Come on a day trip or stay longer at one of St John’s peaceful and honeymoon friendly resorts. Try the luxurious Westin Resort St John in Great Cruz Bay, with its giant pool, broad beach and multiple dining choices.
Or relax in the genteel and elegant Caneel Bay Resort, the Caribbean's first eco-resort, which has no phones or televisions. The resort sits on a prime 69ha portion of the national park, surrounded by lush vegetation and offering a playground of seven gorgeous white-sand beaches.
The best time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands is anytime from early-December to mid-April, with the driest weather during the months of January, February and March.
You can expect an average hightemperature of 29°C (84°F) and a low of 23°C (73°F).
The U.S. Virgin Islands has a hot tropical climate year-round, with a relatively cooler period from December to March, with average highs around 29°C (84°F), and a hot and sultry period from May to October, with highs around 32°C (90°F), during which the high heat is tempered by easterly trade winds.
On the northernmost islands (Saint John and Saint Thomas), the relatively dry season runs from December to April, while on the island of Saint Croix, located more to the south, it runs from January to April.
You can expect rainfall throughout the year in U.S. Virgin Islands. The months with the least rainfall are January through March.
The hurricane season lasts from June to early November.
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The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) are a group of islands geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.
Also known as the US Virgin Islands or American Virgin Islands (and officially as the Virgin Islands of the United States), the USVI are an unincorporated territory of the United States, and consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas, as well as numerous surrounding minor islands.
The territory's capital, Charlotte Amalie, is located on Saint Thomas.
There are two major airports in the US Virgin Islands: Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas, and Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) on St. Croix.
If you are visiting St Thomas or St John, then the most convenient airport is Cyril E. King Airport (STT), located 3km (1.8mi) to the west of the capital, Charlotte Amalie.
The airport also serves nearby St. John and is often used by those traveling to the nearby British Virgin Islands, which are just a short plane and ferry ride away.
If you are visiting St Croix, then choose Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX), located about 10km (6mi) southwest of Christiansted, which lies on the northeast part of the island.
St Thomas is also one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean.
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Ferries offer the most practical way to travel between the US Virgin Islands, as well as between the US and British Virgin Islands.
A frequent ferry service operates twice daily between Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas and Cruz Bay on St John, taking 40 minutes. A faster service operates between Red Hook on St Thomas and Cruz Bay, every 30 minutes, taking 20 minutes.
QE IV Ferry operates a twice-daily ferry between Blyden Terminal on St Thomas and Gallows Bay on St Croix , taking 2 hours 20 minutes.
Red Hook is the main departure point for most ferries sailing between the US and British Virgin Islands. Ferries also run between Charlotte Amalie and Tortola in the British Virgin Island – a journey of around 45 minutes.
Alternatively, you can fly between islands.
On land, taxis, buses and hire cars are available. Charlotte Amalie is best explored on foot.
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Latest update: US Virgin Islands: 9 July, 2022