The US Virgin Islands attract over two million tourists a year, the majority who come in on a cruise ship and leave after only a few hours. Day tripping the islands like that is shortchanging the opportunity to explore their breathtaking scenery, friendly culture and adventurous pursuits. Many USVI hotels and villa rentals are now offering special incentives to draw longer-term tourists to St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and even tiny Water Island. If snorkeling amongst colorful fish, hiking through lush green mountains and shopping your heart out appeal to you, start planning a trip to these Caribbean jewels. Here are 11 reasons to visit the US Virgin Islands.
1. The Breathtaking Beaches
White sand, clear blue water, perfect year-round water temperature and an endless choice makes the beaches the top reason to visit the US Virgin Islands. St. Thomas has busier bustling beaches, like Coki Point and Magens Bay, serviced with surfside bars, restaurants and water sports. St. John’s beaches, like Leinster Bay, tend to be quiet, deserted and off the beaten bath. If you want to learn how to sail or kite surf, head to St. Croix. Beyond the three main islands, there are also smaller islets and cays to explore by boat, offering hundreds more white sand beaches. Honeymoon Beach on Water Island is a particular favorite.