U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Guide

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No passport is required for Americans visiting this Caribbean paradise comprised of three main islands—St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. Part of the Virgin Islands archipelago in the Leeward Islands, these isles have all the ingredients for a great vacation—pristine beaches, world-class snorkeling, diving, and deep-sea fishing, rich history, and terrific range of accommodations for couples, families, and adventurers of all kinds. Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands for a great escape from life on the mainland.

Things Not to Miss in the U.S. Virgin Islands

• Climb the famous 99 Steps to summit of Government Hill in St. Thomas
 • Hike around Hassel Island in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie
 • Visit Trunk Bay in St John, one of the best beaches in the world
 • Go snorkeling at the Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument
 • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, whose network of excellent hiking trails connects secret coves and mountain paths
 • Sampling local conch chowder, callaloo-soup, or a spicy West Indian curry
 • St. George Botanical Garden on St. Croix

When to Go to the U.S. Virgin Islands

The islands enjoy temperatures in the 70s and 80s throughout the year, and most rain falls during hurricane season, peaking between September and November. The best (and driest) time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands is December through March or April. Travelers will enjoy sunny skies and perfect beach temperatures.


  • U.S. Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, whose network of excellent hiking trails connects secret coves and mountain paths.

  • A visit to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches: Trunk Bay (St. John) and Mangen Beach (St. Thomas).

  • Sampling local conch chowder, callaloo-soup, or a spicy West Indian curry.

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