Are you looking for the perfect US Virgin Island to visit for your next trip? With seven islands to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one is the best fit for you. Thomas is the busiest and most commercialized of the three islands, and it has a reputation for being more exclusive, with lots of tax-free stores, high-end restaurants and golf courses. St. Croix is a much-loved holiday destination in its own right, with beautiful beaches and excellent options for snorkeling.
It's also packed with maritime history and pirate legends, making it an interesting destination. And John is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, with some of the best beaches in the US and great hiking trails.Thomas is both the gateway to St. Croix and a popular Caribbean paradise in its own right. Tourists mainly come to this island for its beautiful beaches and excellent options for snorkeling.
The frequency of international travelers has left its mark over the years, and Thomas exudes a cosmopolitan atmosphere, especially in the bustling capital of Charlotte Amalie. This city is brimming with Danish colonial architecture, duty-free shopping and cultural monuments. A busy port for cruise ships, the island swells up when large ships dock.Thomas 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 bay, 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. There are more than 100 tax-free stores, including many jewelers.
Some travelers even report that they bring an additional suitcase dedicated to carrying souvenirs.Thomas is also home to the second oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. 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 staggered street - which was 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 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 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.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, this 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 their terrace and enjoy stunning views until your meal arrives.Would you like a more elegant dinner perhaps one that involves leaving your children with a babysitter at your hotel? Prime at Paradise Point is an ideal choice for special occasions with delicious dishes such as local lobster tomahawk steak macaroni & cheese truffle.Hungry shoppers who need to refuel between tax-free purchases can head to Side Street Pub for slow cooked pulled pork tacos homemade salsa Caribbean chicken sandwiches - it's a family owned hidden gem in Charlotte Amalie with friendly service well worth finding.Each of these seven Virgin Islands has its own appeal - depending on what type of experience you're looking for during your trip (rest & relaxation exploring off beaten path or having good party) there are one or two that will suit you perfectly.To help you choose where to spend your time here's an overview of each island's personality & highlights: Thomas is busy & commercialized; St Croix offers an attractive balance of history natural beauty & culture; John is protected by Virgin Islands National Park & has some of best beaches & hiking trails in US; Cruz Bay & Coral Bay offer modern shops trendy restaurants & lively bars; Buck Island is known for its stunning coral reef & underwater wildlife; Water Island has Heidi's Honeymoon Grill & other great restaurants; & St John has Marriott's Frenchman's Cove & Secret Harbour Beach Resort.