The U.S. Virgin Islands are made up of three main islands —St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas—plus 50 smaller islets and cays.
These exquisite islands are stand-outs in a region that is noted for its natural beauty. Best of all, the Virgin Islands is a territory of the U.S.A. and U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to visit. It’s easy to get to, by boat or plane from the states, making it a very popular vacation destination for Americans.
After twin hurricanes, affectionately known as Irmaria, hit the the islands in 2017 complete devastation was left in their wakes. Although remnants of the storms still remain, there’s also a lot of excitement as old becomes new, with improved services and accommodations. Look for water taxis to help navigate the harbor as the project to widen and beautify our graceful waterfront highway moves into its next phase. Even better, the long-awaited Downtown Revitalization project is nearing completion for an enhanced Main Street experience.
St. Thomas is still the Caribbean’s jewelry mecca and you’ll find a wonderful assortment of everything from bossy bangles and bling to fabulous watches and precious gems direct from the style capitals of the world. Make sure to look for exciting new shops selling fashion, collectables and an assortment of wonderful merchandise from around the globe. Because of the islands unique status under the American flag, it is much more than a duty-free port — There is a customs allowance that’s twice that of other island destinations and there’s no sales tax.
Accommodation choices range from world-class resort hotels, to charming inns, rental villas and vacation apartments. Now, more than ever, there are very interesting real-estate options.
There are great things to do above and below the sea, notable eateries, rich history to explore and a small, but very active night-life scene. As always, it’s your choice to do it all, or just laze under a palm tree sipping a cool frothy drink with a little paper parasol. In case you wondered: Yes. There was a baby boom just nine months after the storms. Caribbean people know how to make the best of their downtime.