U.S. Virgin Islands

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The U.S. Virgin Islands—St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix—may fly the American flag, but "America's Paradise" is in reality a mix of the foreign and familiar that offers something for everyone to enjoy. The history, beautiful beaches, myriad activities, good food, and no-passport-required status make the Virgin Islands an inviting beach destination for many Americans.

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St. Croix

The largest of the USVI, St. Croix is 40 miles (64 km) south of St. Thomas. Plantation ruins, reminiscent of the days when St. Croix was a great...

Christiansted

Christiansted is a historic Danish-style town that always served as St. Croix's commercial center. Your best bet is to see the historic sights...

Frederiksted

St. Croix's second-largest town, Frederiksted was founded in 1751. While Christiansted is noted for its Danish buildings, Frederiksted is better...

St. John

Only 3 miles (5 km) from St. Thomas but still a world apart, St. John is the least developed of the U.S. Virgin Islands. While two-thirds of...

Coral Bay and Environs

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Cruz Bay and Environs

St. John's main town may be compact (it consists of only several blocks), but it's definitely a hub: the ferries from St. Thomas and the British...

St. Thomas

Because it's the transportation hub of the Virgin Islands, most visitors land on hilly St. Thomas even if they don't linger. Visitors who stay...

Charlotte Amalie

Look beyond the pricey shops, T-shirt vendors, and bustling crowds for a glimpse of the island's history. The city served as the capital of...

East End

An easy drive (roads are flat and well marked) to St. Croix's eastern end takes you through some choice real estate. Ruins of old sugar estates...

Mid Island

A drive through the countryside between Christiansted and Frederiksted will take you past ruins of old plantations, many bearing whimsical names...

North Shore

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West of Christiansted

Heading west from Christiansted there are few sights worth seeing, but it's a busy area with a handful of condos and Carringtons Inn, a stand...

Mid Island

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North Shore

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East End

Although the eastern end has many major resorts and spectacular beaches, don't be surprised if a cow, a herd of goats, or even a deer crosses...

South Shore

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West End

The west end of the island is lusher and quieter—with fewer houses and less traffic. Here there are roller-coaster routes (made all the scarier...

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