Officially a little piece of paradise ruled by the United States, the US Virgin Islands is a gorgeous holiday spot. Tourism has been booming here for decades, bringing people around the world to explore these sandy shores.
There are four main islands to see, here: Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Saint John, and the small Water Island. Spreading out around them are a plethora of smaller islets.
The people of the islands make their living by either farming, fishing, or catering to tourists. There is also a fair amount of large scale rum production, which visitors should certainly enjoy.
Shop duty-free in St. Thomas. Lie on a beach in St. John or visit St. John’s National Park to learn about the tropical forest, petroglyphs and sugar mill ruins. Hike the Heritage Trail on St. Croix, stop at the Cruzan Rum Factory and visit Buck Island, one of only three underwater national monuments in the United States.
International flights arrive at Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) on St. Croix. You get to St. John by ferry from St. Thomas.