A territory of the United States of America since 1917, the United States Virgin Islands—St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas—is an exotic group of islands located in the Caribbean. The flags of seven different nations have flown over these islands, leaving their diverse imprint in the people, history, culture, architecture, art, music, and cuisine.
U.S. Virgin Islands Highlights
You'll know you're here when...
You notice that everyone is driving on the left.
Don't leave without tasting...
- Fish and fungi (fungi is similar to polenta)
- Conch in butter sauce
- Virgin Islands Vienna Cake, a vanilla-based cake with jam layered inside
- Our famous banana daiquiris.
Where locals go to relax...
The beautiful beaches. There are 87 to choose from!
Put these events on your calendar
- The VI Food and Agricultural Festival on St. Croix is one of the Caribbean’s largest agricultural fairs (February)
- St. Croix Food and Wine Experience is the premier culinary event in the territory (April)
- The Virgin Islands Carnival, on the island of St. Thomas, is the most anticipated cultural extravaganza of the year (April).
- St. Croix’s Point Udall, the easternmost point of the USA, where you can enjoy magnificent sunrises
- Drake’s Seat on St. Thomas, with panoramic views of the nearby islands and cays
- Trunk Bay on St. John, home to an underwater snorkelling trail.
- St. Thomas Synagogue (where there’s sand on the floor)
- Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix
- Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins on St. John.
Want to stay up late?
Then go to the casino at Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort on St. Croix, the Greenhouse on St. Thomas for great music and food, and St. John’s Brew Pub, where you can find locally brewed beer.
Your child will always remember...
- Horse riding from the rain forest to a west-end beach on St. Croix
- Swimming with the sea lions at Coral World in St. Thomas
- Stargazing from an eco-tent on St. John.
Classic road trip
The St. Croix Heritage Trail is a 72-mile self-guided driving tour featuring natural and historic sites and attractions.
At Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’ll find local crafts downtown and high-end merchandise at Yacht Haven Grande. The U.S. Virgin Islands has a duty-free limit of $1,600 (£1,000), the highest in the Caribbean.