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US Virgin Islands


 The United States Virgin Islands, are the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean.  

Our long standing, enviable international reputation is not solely based on our pristine beaches, warm weather, and crystal-clear waters -- we're also the most culturally diverse, ethnically rich, and artistically vibrant society in the tropics. Nowhere else in the Caribbean offers such a good vacation value as the US Virgins. Secluded beaches, National Parks, Duty-free shopping, Kayaking, Hiking, Ecological tours, World-class diving.  Superb sailing, Tropical forests, Local craftsmen, Island art, Sunbathing, Fine Dining, Nightlife. And it's all wrapped up in the safety, security, and efficiency of the American flag. Three lively islands -- one gentle people 

 

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie (named for a Danish Queen) is where the ships dock and the white and pastel houses are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings, is a world-famous shopping center.When walking in St. Thomas, you will see the bustle of Main Street, and cool emerald hills. Look also for the view from Mountain Top. The spiral of winding streets from the base of Savan. The quiet French countryside feeling on the far side of the island.

 

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 

This is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands, 82 square miles in area.  There are two distinct towns to visit: Christiansted and Frederiksted. The architectural quality and historic interest of the one-time Danish West Indies capital has made part of Christiansted (founded in 1734) a National Historic Site.  In Christiansted, you can shop the day away through quaint shops filled with French perfumes, china, crystal, batik clothing and jewelry. You can visit Buck Island, one of the world's finest dive spots. Moving west along the North Shore, visit the west side of Salt River where Columbus' crew landed in November of 1493.
Frederiksted has its share of shops and shopping. It also has a tropical Rain Forest and Whim Greathouse, a plantation restored to the way it was in the 1700s. The towns of Christiansted and Fredriksted each have its own distinctive style; together that are the Twin Cities, a must-see.  

 

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 

Even though this is the smallest of the Virgins, 28 square miles in size, many say it is the loveliest.

Two thirds of St. John is a national park, and here you see what the world is like when nature takes care of itself. Spend day after day on beach after beach, or follow a friendly mongoose along a woodland trail. Many of them end on plateaux high in the sky, offering panoramic views of white beaches, emerald cays, and turquoise waters.
The trail to Rams Head on the northeast side of the island contrasts with the normal soft white sand beaches found elsewhere on St. John. In Cruz Bay there are gift shops and well stocked grocery stores; there are also dive centers and jeep rental services. Once you've visited, you'll know why the natives call Cruz Bay, Love City.