The US Virgin Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. This American territory, located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, consists of around 50 islands and cays, the largest of which are St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.
Following a stormy history marked by numerous occupations, the islands most conspicuously show their Danish influence, including some magnificent examples of Neoclassical Danish architecture.
Another advantage is natural beauty. All of the islands have lush mountains, tropical woods, curved beaches, and rocky coves, and the crystal-clear waters and consistent winds entice sailors and boaters to anchor in the sheltered bays.
Each island has its own personality. St. Thomas is the most frequented of the islands and serves as the archipelago's main entry point. Its capital, Charlotte Amalie, is the United States' capital. There are plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities in the Virgin Islands, as well as a large cruise ship port. The majority of the larger US Virgin Islands resorts are located on St. Thomas.
The largest of the three islands, St. Croix, is less touristy than its sisters. The ancient district of Christiansted, as well as the sugar plantations, gardens, and seaside vistas along the Heritage Trail, are all must-sees. Buck Island Reef, the nation's first underwater monument, is also located in St. Croix.
St. John is a haven for eco-tourists, with the Virgin Islands National Park covering two-thirds of the island. Popular activities include hiking, diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.
Our list of the top attractions and places to see in the US Virgin Islands will help you plan your sightseeing.