Featured Resorts in the US Virgin Islands
St. ThomasBolongo Bay Beach Resort - All-InclusiveAll-InclusiveView Departure Dates3 Nights Hotel From$ 680 per person
Dive Into the US Virgin Islands
If you're interested in outdoor adventure, you'll want to head to St. John. Although it's the smallest of the three islands, it's jampacked with exciting nature activities. You see, more than half of the island is a protected national park, so you'll get your fair share of nature reserves. If that's not really your thing, check out St. Thomas instead. It's very cosmopolitan and is constantly bustling with tourist activity. This is the place to go if you’re looking for nice resorts, yummy restaurants and fantastic shopping. Last, but not least, you've got St. Croix, the largest island and the most difficult to characterize—it’s something like a rich mix of historical sites and outdoor activity. Plenty of old forts and plantations are here to please the history buff, but you've also got the great outdoors to explore with great beaches and outdoor parks. Whether you want an exciting nature adventure or a peaceful, secluded vacation, you can do it all and see it all right on these three islands.
US Virgin Islands Overview
Mapping Out the USVI
You’ve got three separate islands to explore within the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with its own distinct flavor. St. John is the greenest island, full of nature preserves and pristine beaches. Two-thirds of this entire island is a National Park. Here, there's very limited development except for a few no-footprint, tent resorts. St. Thomas, on the other hand, is a completely different vacation experience. Large resorts cater to the constant tourist flow while cruise-ship traffic makes for a bustling harbor and lots of shopping and activity. Then there's St. Croix, the little island with just about everything. It’s got old forts and former sugar plantations, pristine rainforest land and world-class scuba diving opportunities. Between the three islands, you’ve got one amazing vacation!
Dive into Action at Divi Beach
You won't feel like you've had a real Caribbean vacation without at least one visit to a spectacular beach. Our pick in St. Croix? Divi Beach. Don't get us wrong now - there are several beaches to explore on St. Croix, but Divi Beach is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Just drive out to the fork on Route 82 and hang a right to head to the direction of Divi Carina Resort Hotel. Once you arrive, you'll enjoy easy access to watersport equipment for rent, plus miles of white sand. Not only that, but the hotel nearby has a bar, restaurant, and even a casino. This is the beach that has it all!
Best Wine and Dine: The Galleon
Capellini Con Vongole anyone? You can find out what that is at this delicious spot. Or, you can just try the wine. Now we’re talking. The extensive wine cellar at The Galleon has won the Wine Spectator award of excellence for two years in a row. The point is: they have great wine, so go try it. Not only that, but they’ve also won several Taste of St. Croix awards for their delicious food. Great wine and great food? What are you waiting for?
The Trail at Trunk Bay
Follow along this trail–not a hiking trail–but an underwater trail! That's exactly what you'll find at Trunk Bay. Once you arrive, you'll have to snorkel its underwater snorkeling trail that'll take you along a path of scenic coral and flashy fish. It’s even got underwater signs that explain the species of coral and types of fish you might spot. However, if you’d rather stay dry, Trunk Bay is also known as one of the most popular beaches on St. John. It has powdery, white sand and calm, clear waters–basically everything you want in a great beach. So whether you want to have a snorkel adventure or just enjoy the views from the sand, Trunk Bay’s got you covered.
Be One with Nature at USVI National Park
You can’t visit St. John without running into the Virgin Islands National Park. After all, this nature reserve covers more than half of the island! And just like you would expect from such a large area, this pristine spot offers plenty to do. If you’re looking for a little quiet time to connect with nature, there are beautiful secluded beaches, breathtaking historic ruins and exciting hiking trails for hours of exploration. But if you want a little more activity, you can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak or go windsurfing. This is an eco-tourist’s and nature-lover’s dream destination!
Find Fest Ocean Fare at Fish Trap Seafood Market
Get ready for a grill on the beach. Every Tuesday through Sunday from about noon to 6pm, Fish Trap Seafood market sells the freshest seafood you can find. While you're there, you'll see everything from shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels to sushi quality tuna – you name it and they'll probably have it. Best of all, they’ll even prep them for you, so all you have to do is light up a grill on the beach, gather up some friends, and chow down.
Bright Bugs at the Butterfly Garden
Enter a lush tropical garden for an unforgettable experience frolicking with exotic butterflies from all over the world. Visit the garden in the morning and you might be lucky enough to see a new butterfly emerge from its cocoon and take its first flight. However, if you’re hoping for some great photos, come later in the day because the butterflies will tend to be less active and better photography subjects. If you decide to go, make sure to wear bright colors and perfumed lotion if you have them because they'll attract these lovely creatures right to you!
Party with the Locals at Iggies Beach Bar & Grill
Iggies Beach Bar & Grill is where locals and visitors meet to let loose and party hard on the dance floor. If you’re in the market for a place where you can listen to some great music, sing some karaoke, spend the entire night dancing or find some great sports TVs, then you can stop looking now. To put it simply, Iggies is basically an all-out beach party that's happening all the time. If that's your scene, then this 20-year-old island favorite is a must.
Hike the Reef Bay & See Petroglyphs
Not sure what a petroglyph is? Not to worry. You can find out all about petroglyphs on this popular trek. St. John has been home to almost every period of human life, and you can see evidence of that when you take this easy hike. Follow the trail through the National Park, and you'll get to marvel at remains of four sugar estates from a few hundred years ago. You'll also get to see rock carvings from well over a thousand years ago! The bay’s natural history, along with prehistoric remains and colonial-era ruins tell a fascinating story you can experience yourself.
Most Popular Resorts in USVI
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort - All-InclusiveGoing on vacation is all about having fun. So lose yourself in the Caribbean vibe at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort - All-Inclusive. Family owned and operated since 1974 by the Doumengs, the resort's small, friendly atmosphere offers a vacation that seems like home. We're not the only ones who think the Doumengs are doing it right.
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The Buccaneer ResortGracious. Elegant. Legendary. Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, this resort blends Old World charms with warm hospitality, and the amenities expected by today's traveler. More than a hotel, this resort is a premier destination resort for golf, tennis, water sports, weddings, honeymoons and family vacations.
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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort - European PlanGoing on vacation is all about having fun. So lose yourself in the Caribbean vibe at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort - European Plan. Family owned and operated since 1974 by the Doumengs, the resort's small, friendly atmosphere offers a vacation that seems like home. We're not the only ones who think the Doumengs are doing it right.
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