VIRGIN ISLANDS (US)
Capital City: Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas)
Currency: US Dollar
Official Language: English is the official language, with Spanish and Creole also being widely spoken
Welcome to the land of Danish heritage and American modernity!
The US Virgin Islands brings you some of the most relaxed and friendly locals, miles of shimmering beaches, some of the world’s best diving spots and a lush tropical natural landscape, all coming together to create a destination that’s bound to captivate and mesmerize travelers from all walks of life.One of the Caribbean’s most ideal retreats, the Virgin Islands has no airport and two-thirds of the island’s valleys are dedicated to national parks, which means you’ll get a taste of a true unspoiled island paradise. With stunning natural landscapes, great diving opportunities in the turquoise waters and heavily poured rum drinks, the US Virgin Islands are everything you ever dreamed they could be…and more!
Must see places in the Virgin Islands
A short boat ride out to the smaller Buck Island will leave you breathless as you explore the world’s most stunning marine gardens. The reserve is maintained by the National Park Service and is an underwater protected reef.
If you’re not keen on big crowds, the city of St John is one of the best places to head for to experiencing a little unspoiled beauty. You can also head to Cruz Bay from here to get a glimpse of the local life. Cruz Bay is also well known for its stunning beaches, diving spots and the general laidback lifestyle.
Also known as the cosmopolitan area of the Virgin Islands, St Thomas is the second largest of the US Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands, can be found here, and offers you one hell of a shopping experience. On offer here are imported goods from across the globe on sale at stores neatly tucked into Danish warehouses that were remodeled.
Located on Virgin Gorda, the caves that lead to the pools of Gorda is one of the most popular and well-loved spots in the Virgin Islands. Climb through the tiny opening and be amazed by the sight of massive granite boulders nestled on each other with streams of water flowing all around. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore and is definitely worth stopping by. Close by you’ll also find the tide pools leading to Dead Man’s Beach.
St Croix, the largest of the Virgin Islands, just so happens to be the best place to indulge in a little pirate pastime. Located just outside of the major town of Christiansted, the Cruz Rum Distillery is where visitors can sample some of the island’s finest rum. Once you’re done here you can also opt to head on over to the visit-worthy St George Village Botanical Gardens and the Croix Aquarium for a little more exploring.
If you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy the tropical atmosphere, Water Island is the place to get to. As the smallest of the 4 main Virgin Islands, Water Island is also the “youngest” of the bunch. Whether you set out to explore the shoreline at Limestone, hiking around the island, exploring the remains of the military fortifications, having lunch and drinks at Honeymoon Bay or just relaxing on the beach, Water Island is a destination that sums up pure relaxation and bliss.
Things to do in the Virgin Islands
Explore the Tombs of the Kings
The rock cut tombs in Paphos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and date back to the Hellenistic and Roman period. Noblemen were buried here, rather than kings, and these tombs are especially important in the history of Cyprus thanks to their unique design.
Be amazed by the painted churches in Troodos
The 10 vibrantly painted churches and small monasteries in Troodos date back to Byzantine times and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agios Nikolaso tis Stegis at Kakopetria and Panagia tou Araka are two of the most impressive sights to explore.
Taste the fine chocolatier samples
At the slopes of the Troodos Mountains you can indulge at the Platres Chocolate Workshop. All chocolate is imported from Venezuela, and the workshop is where you’ll find the (Guinness Book of World Record’s) most expensive Easter egg.
The Virgin Islands offers some of the best opportunities for blue and white marlin, sailfish and wahoo catching. The North Drop is the best place to head to for the thrill of deep-sea fishing.
Best time to visit
Tourists visit Virgin Islands from October to August
The Virgin Islands are hot throughout the year and cooled down by the eastern trade winds. The Lowlands areas have evenly distributed rainfall with the months of August to October being the wettest time of the year. Any time is a good time to visit the Virgin Islands.
Did you know?
Best known for their natural beauty, the waterpark on the 4th island and the taste of the exotic, the US Virgin Islands is a famous island destination.
- Kallaloo is a stew of okra, meat, seafood, local greens and spices
- Sause is a lime-flavored stock of pig’s head, tail and feet
- Fungi is a cornmeal and okra side dish accompanying fish dishes
- Fresh seafood like lobster, wahoo, grouper, mahi-mahi and tuna
- Always stick to sealed bottled water for drinking
- Since you might spend a lot of time traveling between the islands by boat, make sure that you take precautionary medicines to avoid seasickness
- The US Virgin Islands has left-side-of-the-road driving laws…in AMERICAN cars, so you’ll have to get used to the idea