Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands and the best destination for divers and snorkelers. It's home to one of the only underwater national monuments in the United States: Buck Island Reef National Park. St. Thomas is both the gateway to St.
Croix and a much-loved holiday destination in its own right. Tourists come to this Caribbean paradise for its beautiful beaches, excellent snorkeling opportunities, maritime history, pirate legends, and vibrant atmosphere. The island is only 32 square miles, so you can see many of the main sights and enjoy some time at the beach in just a few hours. However, many people prefer to spend a couple of days or more on the island to cover more sun-drenched terrain and splash around in the turquoise tides.
Thomas has a treasure trove of sandy expanses with dozens of beautiful beaches. The popular and postcard-worthy Magens Bay on the north coast is ideal for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Those who want to avoid the crowds will find quiet spots such as Lindquist Beach, which is part of Smith Bay's 21-acre protected park located on the eastern tip of the island. Charlotte Amalie is a vibrant hub of shopping, entertainment, and history with more than 100 tax-free stores including many jewelers.
Some travelers even report that they bring an additional suitcase dedicated to carrying souvenirs! The Pirate Treasure Museum brings the legends and tradition of deep-sea escapades to life through interactive exhibits. For exercise and great views, climb the 99 Steps (colloquially known as a Staircase Street) built with bricks brought by 18th century Danish ships. Another must-see at high altitudes is the Skyride cable car which climbs 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie to Paradise Point. Budding botanists of all ages should visit the Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden while art lovers won't want to miss the chance to visit the childhood home of French impressionist Camille Pissarro.
Nightlife lovers can visit the lively bars and nightclubs on the beach. Perfect for family vacations and group getaways, Marriott's Frenchman's Cove has spacious villas with two or three bedrooms, living and dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens, and patios. The property located on the side of a hill also offers guests a wide range of services such as an infinity pool with water slides and activities as well as magnificent views of Pacquereau Bay. Located on the quieter east end of St.
Thomas, Secret Harbour Beach Resort is a favorite among families and couples looking for a relaxed getaway that doesn't skimp on fun outdoor activities. In addition to snorkeling, diving, and tennis, guests rave about the renovated condominium-style units that are just steps from the sand. A family-friendly luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is located on a beautiful sandy beach and has a wealth of services approved by children and parents ranging from a top-notch kids club to a pool with a water slide.
There are four restaurants 180 renovated rooms and the famous catamaran cruises at sunset. For a centrally located boutique stay At Home in the Tropics offers a relaxed atmosphere that feels more adult than that of many of the larger resorts in the area housed in a beautiful historic Danish building with views of the harbor this bed and breakfast offers a pool four coastal-inspired rooms and equally breezy common spaces. Hungry shoppers who need to refuel between tax-free purchases can head to Side Street Pub for slow-cooked pulled pork tacos homemade salsa and Caribbean chicken sandwiches - it's a family-owned hidden gem in Charlotte Amalie with friendly service well worth finding! Pangea Terra Table focuses on farm-to-table food made with seasonal organic ingredients served in a charming outdoor setting with a lively bar beyond delicious food the restaurant's sustainability initiatives which include an on-site plastic-free garden and composting are admirable! Heidi's Honeymoon Grill is perfect for leisurely lunch on Water Island serving tasty fish tacos and strong rum cocktails for day hikers sit at a shaded table on the terrace and enjoy stunning views until your meal arrives! Would you like a more elegant dinner perhaps one that involves leaving children with babysitter at hotel? Prime at Paradise Point is an ideal choice for special occasion with delicious dishes such as local lobster tomahawk steak macaroni & cheese truffle! Water Island is perfect for avid adventurers or hikers who want to explore best outdoor experience that Virgin Islands have to offer there are no hotels on Water Island but sometimes you can book accommodation in advance in one of island's villas glamping or B&B whether you want explore island with family party like there's no tomorrow or enjoy beauty that nature has offer you'll find it in St John it's center island on north coast short distance from Charlotte Amalie so it's used by tourists locals alike known for its shopping area which seems have endless number jewelry stores various high-end dining options exquisite accommodation throughout island if you're traveling family an island...