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Things to do in the US Virgin Islands

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Welcome to US Virgin Islands

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

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Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach

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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
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Mountain Top

Mountain Top

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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
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Magens Bay

Magens Bay

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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
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Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

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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
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Coki Beach

Coki Beach

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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
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Water Island

Water Island

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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
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Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach

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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
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Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park

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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
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Drake's Seat

Drake's Seat

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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
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Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

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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
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Maho Bay

Maho Bay

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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
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Waterlemon Cay

Waterlemon Cay

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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
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Skytsborg Historical Park

Skytsborg Historical Park

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Known also as Blackbeard’s Castle, the Skytsborg Historic Park is one of St. Thomas’s most beautiful landmarks. The park contains, alongside life-sized bronze pirate statues, some of the most beautiful architecture and ocean views on the island. Situated scenically on a hilltop overlooking the harbor and surrounding sea, the park sits on five acres and includes multiple manor houses dating back to the 17th century. The houses collectively contain the largest display of authentic West Indian mahogany furniture, which is all handmade. The Villa Notman, Haagensen House and Hotel 1829 are listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesMarked paths allow for self-guided walking tours that tell the history of the area. The Skytsborg Tower is of particular interest, having been a 17th century Danish defense tower built to protect the harbor. There are also three pools, many terraces, and tropical gardens to explore throughout.More
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Coral Bay St. John

Coral Bay St. John

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St. John's Coral Bay prides itself on being the raffish alternative to the island’s main point of arrival, Cruz Bay. Its few dozen houses are haphazardly sprinkled on the green slopes above Coral Harbor, a scenic, protected cove. The town’s charm lies in its friendly, laid-back bars and restaurants where—unlike some Caribbean locations—tourists won’t necessarily outnumber the locals.More
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Fort Christian

Fort Christian

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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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Top activities in US Virgin Islands

50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
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Sea Trek Helmet Dive at Coral World Ocean Park
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Parasail Experience in St Thomas

Parasail Experience in St Thomas

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Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

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Snorkel & Swim with Turtles. Semi Private Tour to Buck Island & Honeymoon Beach
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Sunset Dinner Sail from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
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St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
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USVI Private Boat Charters - New, Fast Powerboats for Half and Full Day
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St. John Champagne Sunset Sail with Open Bar & Hors D'oeuvres - Westin
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Night Kayak Tour in St. John - Westin Resort
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Shop, See, & Splash

Shop, See, & Splash

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VI Jet Boat Tours

VI Jet Boat Tours

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Recent reviews from experiences in US Virgin Islands

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A perfect Day at sea
VIKKI_H, Jul 2022
St John & Surrounding Cays Full-Day Sail and Snorkel Experiences Semi-Private
Spent a day sailing ⛵️ and got to see sea turtles and enjoy a great meal.
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Wow! Great Time!
james_d, Jul 2022
50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
Thomas with excursions and activities.
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Awesome snorkeling adventure with a great crew!
Brett_B, Apr 2022
Snorkel St. John Tour from Sapphire and Margaritaville
For those who complained about this, I am sure there are some private charters that will serve you bacon, omelets, English muffins and such).
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First-timer Must Do!
Bruce_C, Feb 2020
St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour
It will let you know what other places you might want to visit.
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Swimming with Sea Turtles in USVI
Cassandra_B, Sep 2021
Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas
I definitely recommend when you are short on time, but want to see a different part of the USVI and get in some great snorkeling.
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Great snorkeling with incredible lunch and service
Matt_N, Jul 2021
Snorkel Cat Adventure
The crew took us to a couple good spots to see lots of sea life.
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