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Trunk Bay, St John, Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay, St John

Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands – St Thomas

Magens Bay – One of the world’s best beaches according to National Geographic magazine.

Coral World Ocean Park – This is 4.5 acre marine park with 360-degree underwater views.  You can pet sharks and hand feed stingrays.

St Peter Greathouse – Visit this authentic 150-acre plantation.  It includes the Greathouse with West Indian architecture, plus gardens with Caribbean plants and fruits.

Kayaking, Mangrove Lagoon, St Thomas, Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

Kayaking, Mangrove Lagoon, St Thomas

Mountain Top – This location features a souvenir shopping and excellent views of St Thomas and neighboring islands.  It is the birthplace of the banana daiquiri.

Blackbeard’s Castle & Amber Museum – Blackbeard’s Castle is reached by walking up the 99 Steps.  Along the way, visit the World Amber Museum and learn about the geological creation of amber.

Iguana, Harbor, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

Iguana, Harbor, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands – St John

The smallest of the US Virgin Islands is a short ferry ride away.  Take a Trunk Bay Snorkel Day Trip which includes a ferry ride over to the dock at Cruz Bay.  Two thirds of the island of St John is a national park.  Trunk Bay, Caneel Bay and the Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins are favorite tourist sites.

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas

Visit the U.S.V.I. – Transportation

You can fly in to Cyril E King Airport on St Thomas, but most people visit by cruise ship.  There are two cruise ship docks near Charlotte Amalie on the island of St Thomas.  One is at the West Indian Company Dock in Havensight.  The other is at the Crown Bay dock in Subbase.

Visit the U.S.V.I. – Hotels

Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands – Background

St Thomas, St John and St Croix form the US Virgin Islands, a territory of the United States.  The islands were purchased from the Dutch in 1917.  Due to the Dutch influence, this is the only territory of the U.S. where they drive on the left hand side of the road.  Most of the vehicles have the steering wheel on the left though, which makes driving a challenge.  The U.S Virgin Islands are about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico.  St Thomas is the largest island, but its only 13 miles long and 4 miles wide.  Light rainfall is common in any month, but you can expect more than 5 inches of rainfall each month from September to November.  St Thomas has a permanent population of about 55,000.

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