US Virgin Islands Travel Guide

An erstwhile Danish territory in the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands were purchased by the US in 1917. Consisting of three main islands and 60 odd cays, the Virgin Islands are known for their scenic beauty, colonial charm and an exciting range of watersports.

The capital Charlotte Amalie and the town of St Croix are known for their spectacular scenery and colonial architecture. Other tourist attractions on the Virgin Islands include the 17th century Fort Christian, Cobblestone Alleys, the exotic Coki Bay, Virgin Islands National Park, and the 19th century Estate Whim Plantation Museum at St Croix. The scenic towns of Cruz Bay and Trunk Bay on the St John Island offer excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling.

Getting There & Away

Many American airlines operate daily flights to St Thomas and St Croix from various cities in the US. Regular ferries sail between Charlotte Amalie and St John and the British Virgin Islands and Fajardo (Puerto Rico). Cruise lines operating out of Miami and San Juan also cover the Virgin Islands in their Caribbean itineraries.

Weather & When to Go

The Virgin Islands enjoys a warm subtropical climate, cooled by easterly trade winds. There is little seasonal temperature variation with average temperatures ranging from 77°F in winter to 82°F in summer. The rainy season lasts from August to October.