The Virgin Islands of the United States (or US Virgin Islands) is an American territory located in the Lesser Antilles, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. This territory includes around 50 cays and islands, but St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas are the three most prominent islands. These islands have very noticeable Danish influence which is reflected in some exceptional examples of neoclassical Danish architecture. The natural beauty of these islands is the major aspect that attracts tourists from all over the world. If you love hiking through lush mountains, wandering through the tropical forests, exploring rocky coves, and strolling along the curving beaches, this is the perfect vacation spot for you.
Even though each island here has most of the attributes mentioned above, it also radiates with its own unique character. When you visit St. Croix, you will understand that it is not as tourism-driven as the other two islands. While you are here, visit the historic district of Christiansted, gardens, Heritage Trail, and the sugar plantations. It is also home to the country’s first underwater monument, the stunning Buck Island Reef. St. Thomas, on the other hand, is the most visited of the three islands and is home to the capital of the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie. This city is the largest town on the island and is also a major port of call on the US Virgin Islands cruise. You must visit the gorgeous beaches and the historic sites that this island is famous for. If you are a fan of fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and hiking, visit the island of St. John. It is the ideal place for nature lovers, as two thirds of this island is the Virgin Islands National Park.
If you are looking for a tropical getaway, where you can hike up a mountain, lie sunbathing on the beach, and go snorkeling with colorful fish, you must go on a US Virgin Islands cruise. The population here is very diverse with people from England, Denmark, Africa, India, France, Spain, and the United States. You can book a U.S. Virgin Islands cruise all year round as the weather here is always pleasant. The months of June, July, and August, tend to the warmest whereas December, January, and February are the coolest months. The rainiest period on the Virgin Islands is September through November, but the rain showers are for a short duration and most often occur in the night or the morning.
These islands give you an opportunity to explore the friendly culture, beautiful scenery, and to pursue various adventures. If this is not enough, here are the other reasons why you must choose a US Virgin Islands cruise.
If you are a shopaholic, you will fall in love with these Virgin Islands. While on a US Virgin Islands cruise, visit the island of St. Thomas for some of best duty-free and tax-free shopping opportunities in the Caribbean. Whether it is jewelry, bottles of rum, or art, there are so many deals that you can choose from. If you want to buy perfumes, this island offers you deals on all the familiar labels and also has some exotic scents from the nearby islands on sale. You can also find some amazing deals on high-end watch brands here. If you are a fan of good old rum, do not forget to bring home a bottle of St. Croix rum. What’s more, if you are a U.S. citizen, you can exit these islands with $1600 in tax-free goods. The most difficult part would be packing your bags after all your purchases!
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