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Things to do in the US Virgin Islands

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Known for their snorkeling, hiking, and watersports opportunities, the Caribbean trio of US Virgin Islands serve as an ideal destination for outdoor adventure—choose the island that suits you best or book a private tour to hit them all. Sightseeing tours in St. Thomas give visitors the chance to explore bustling Charlotte Amalie, Coral World Ocean Park, and idyllic Magens Bay. Meanwhile, boat tours allow easy access to St. John, home to the nearly untouched Virgin Islands National Park and an abundance of sea turtles. And just off tiny St. Croix sits Buck Island, where you can kayak through a mangrove lagoon.

Top 15 attractions in US Virgin Islands

Sapphire Beach

Located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Featuring stellar views and a long stretch of pretty white sand, it’s an ideal beach for relaxing and sunbathing, snorkeling, and a variety of water sports. Numerous amenities and rentals make for an easy and enjoyable day out.More

Mountain Top

Located at the top of St. Peter Mountain is the oldest, highest, and one of the most popular attractions on St. Thomas, the aptly named Mountain Top. Mountain Top features a massive duty free shop, a bar known for its banana daiquiris, and an observation deck that offers sweeping views over Magens Bay from 1,500 feet (457 meters.More

Magens Bay

Thanks to its curving arc of white sand and its bright blue water, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The area is surrounded by forests and palm trees, and the bay offers calm waves for swimming and kayaking. For stunning views of the bay’s unusual rectangular shape and mile of beach, head to the nearby Mountain Top lookout.More

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Located along the southeastern shore of St. Thomas, Secret Harbour Beach Resort is set in a secluded cove in Nazareth Bay. Featuring a pretty white sand beach and crystalline waters, it’s a popular spot for sunbathing, snorkeling, and other water sports, such as scuba diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking.More

Water Island

Water Island officially joined the US Virgin Islands in 1996. The fourth and smallest isle of the four, it is by no means boring. At roughly 490 acres (200 hectares and home to approximately 175 inhabitants, Water Island remains relatively undeveloped and is a less touristed destination in the island chain offering idyllic beaches and lazy-day vibes.More

Drake's Seat

For one of the best views on St. Thomas, make the drive to the mountaintop perch at Drake’s Seat. Here you can keep lookout over Magens Bay and the British Virgin Islands, just as Sir Francis Drake was said to do from this very spot in order to catch pirates, privateers and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake’s Passage, also bearing his name. Today, this lookout point sports a stone platform with a bench atop it, and it’s a popular top for tour groups. The crowds mostly disperse by evening however, making Drake’s Seat an ideal spot to take in the sunset.More

Coral World Ocean Park

One of the top family-friendly attractions in the US Virgin Islands, Coral World Ocean Park combines both indoor and outdoor observation facilities which showcase the region’s diverse and plentiful marine life. Highlights include the hermit crab, starfish, and sea cucumber touch pool and the 50,000-gallon Deep Reef Tank, home to moray eels, tarpon, and plenty of sharks.More

Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach is both convenient and out-of-the-way, a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds at spots like Trunk Bay, but still appreciate a few on-site amenities. The beach is accessible by trails and serves as an area for watersports enthusiasts. Travelers can grab a kayak for a paddle up the coast before diving in to snorkel alongside the tropical fish that school around the rocks.More

Coki Beach

Coki Beach is considered St. Thomas’ party beach and is always full of families, revelers, and vendors. Snorkelers and scuba divers love the clear water and sea creatures here, while beach-goers enjoy the white sands, sunshine, and wandering vendors who offer drinks and snacks, souvenirs, sunscreen, and hair braiding.More

Virgin Islands National Park

The majority of St. John is covered by the Virgin Islands National Park, a stretch of preserved wilderness that offers protection and preservation for fish, corals, marine life, and tropical and migrating birds. The park also protects the island’s reef, with public access at the mangrove bay of Hurricane Hole, east of Coral Bay. Snorkeling is a popular activity all along the coastline.More

Honeymoon Beach

On Water Island, south of St. Thomas, Honeymoon Beach curves around the clear waters of Druiff Bay. Soft white sand and swaying palm trees invite visitors to linger in this peaceful tropical paradise, while a bustling beach bar offers amenities, sustenance, and many different ways to play.More

Maho Bay

Maho Bay, perched on St John’s northern shore, is named after the Maho tree, which you can identify by its heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers. The coconut palm-lined stretch of sand allures with its calm, shallow waters and a coral reef just offshore popular for snorkeling.More

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay’s talc-soft sands, turquoise waters, and lush green backdrop make it one of the most photographed and most famous beaches on St. John Island. Just offshore of this earthly paradise, a marked-out underwater trail serves as a popular snorkeling spot, with information about coral formations and sea life. It’s a great activity for beginner snorkelers, kids, and older adults.More

Waterlemon Cay

The tiny island of Waterlemon Cay on St John is a favorite among snorkelers. The sandy beach of Leinster Bay serves as the starting point for a 10-minute swim to Waterlemon Cay; it's less than a mile to the island and worth every breaststroke. The cay is home to a wealth of coral and marine life, which is what ranks it so high with travelers. Sadly, the island has seen a recent reduction in coral and reef fishes, attributed to high rates of erosion and run off from local construction.During the swim, keep watch in the sea grass for the first glimpses of marine life in the area. It’s not uncommon to see turtles, stingrays, sea cucumbers and giant starfish 20 feet below.The south- and east-facing sides of Waterlemon Cay are bordered by the region’s shallow fringe reef, whereas the west and north sides are deeper. The reef is the best spot to look for the main abundance of colorful fish and other marine life; look for large parrotfish and schools of bright blue tangs. Some snorkelers swear they can hear the crunch of parrotfish “teeth” as they grind their beaks on rocks and dead coral at the surface. Turns out parrotfish digest coral and algae that are ultimately excreted as fine coral sand, helping build the beaches we love so much.Snorkelers will find a lot of colorful coral, sea fans, sea plumes and other colorful fish on the deeper side of the reef. Keep your eye out for eels in deep holes and you may even luck out and see an octopus or two.More

Fort Christian

A historic fortress built in the history-rich St. Thomas town of Charlotte Amalie, Fort Christian has been a cultural highlight here since 1672 and acts as one of the finest treasure troves of ancient artifacts in the small Caribbean island’s long history. This Danish-built fortress serves as a beautiful example of Dutch-Caribbean architecture in the Gothic-Revival style and as a modern-day museum.More
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Sea Trek Helmet Dive at Coral World Ocean Park
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Night Kayak Tour in St. John - Westin Resort
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50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
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The Baths and White Bay
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Discover The Baths of Virgin Gorda Full Day Adventure - Westin St. John
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St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
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Snorkel & Swim with Turtles. Semi Private Tour to Buck Island & Honeymoon Beach
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Circle the Island of St. John | Lunch stop at Lime Out (Taco Boat)
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Flavors of St Thomas Walking Food Tour
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What are the US Virgin Islands known for?

Known for snorkeling, hiking, and water sports, the trio of Caribbean islands that comprise the US Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas—boast picturesque beaches and outdoor adventures. St. Thomas is the most visited of the islands, with its main town, Charlotte Amalie, serving as a major cruise ship port, while St. John is home to Virgin Islands National Park.

What do people do in the Virgin Islands?

Besides sunbathing on the pristine, white-sand beaches, visitors to the US Virgin Islands participate in a range of outdoor activities including hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. On St. John, you’ll find the Virgin Islands National Park, which boasts hiking trails, boating, and snorkeling. In Charlotte Amalie, travelers can exercise their wallets and do some duty-free shopping.

What is the most popular of the US Virgin Islands?

St. Thomas is the most visited of the US Virgin Islands. Its main town, Charlotte Amalie, is a major cruise ship port as well as the archipelago’s capital. It offers plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, and is home to most of the bigger resorts. St. Croix, despite being the biggest island, is the least touristy.

Which US Virgin Island has the most activities?

As a gateway to the archipelago, St. Thomas is the busiest and most bustling of the three islands. Here, you can ride the St. Thomas Skyride tram, tour Bluebeard’s Castle, and climb the iconic 99 Steps. St. Thomas also offers duty-free shopping and more nightlife than the other islands.

Which is the prettiest of the US Virgin Islands?

St. Thomas is home to some exceptionally pretty places, such as Water Island, technically the fourth and smallest island of the US Virgin Islands, located in Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Drake’s Seat, in the center of St. Thomas, offers panoramic views of the entire island, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea.

Do Americans need a passport to go to US Virgin Islands?

No. Traveling to the US Virgin Islands, an official US territory, is like any other domestic travel for US citizens: No passport is required if you’re arriving from Puerto Rico or the US. Entry requirements for non-US citizens are equivalent to entering the US from any international country. Upon departure, a passport is required for non-US citizens.


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