Virgin islands are in an important location along the Anegada Passage – a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deep water harbours in the Caribbean. The terrain is mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land. There are occasional earthquakes. The highest point is Crown Mountain at 474m.
HOW TO GET TO VIRGIN ISLANDS
Flights are into either St. Croix or St. Thomas. St. John does not have an airport, but is easily accessible via St. Thomas.
Many flights connect through San Juan, Puerto Rico, but direct flights from the continental U.S. involve less hassle and flying time.
Direct flights into St. Thomas can be found from Chicago-O’Hare, Washington-Dulles, and Newark on United Airlines; Miami, Boston, and New York-JFK on American Airlines; Atlanta and Detroit on Delta Airlines; Charlotte, Philadelphia, and New York-La Guardia (weekly) on US Airways, and Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines.
Direct flights into St. Croix can be found from Miami on American Airlines; Atlanta (twice weekly) on Delta Air Lines; and Charlotte on US Airways (weekly, seasonal). St. Croix can also be easily reached from St. Thomas by flying Cape Air or also by Seaborne Airlines (which flies seaplanes between Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Christiansted, St. Croix).
WHAT TO SEE AND WHAT TO DO THERE
Relax on the beach in the morning, explore a colonial church in the afternoon, and have a romantic dinner in the evening. Such is the extraordinary day in the life of a visitor to the Virgin Islands. Due to our unique history and picturesque setting, you will find an experience unlike anything else in the Caribbean.
You don’t have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you’re on St. John, you’re probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City’s top attractions— Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.
There is no fee to enter the park, but you’ll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach.
ACCOMMODATION ON VIRGIN ISLANDS
St. Thomas hotels offer luxurious accommodations to complement the ultimate Caribbean shopping spree. Known for their sophisticated ambiance, superb dining, and spectacular nightlife, hotels in St. Thomas offer a variety of lodging alternatives from grand resort estates to small inns and villas. Although cruise ships sometimes loom in the harbor, visitors to St. Thomas experience breathtaking views, secluded beaches and a deeply relaxing atmosphere. For an unparalleled Caribbean vacation, look no further than St. Thomas!
This is the only US territory where driving on the left side (British) of the road is still practiced. There are many theories as to why this is. One theory is due to the prior use of the donkey as a main mode of transportation. Islanders would drive on the left to see how close they were getting to the edge of the many steep and cliff-like roadways. The original donkey trails were then paved over to create what are now the roadways today. Another theory is that as a Danish colony, the Danish West Indies were heavily British-influenced, due to an unwillingness among Danish people to relocate to the Danish colony. This British influence explains the widespread use of the English language even before the United States purchased the islands from Denmark in 1917.
Some parts of St. Thomas, especially Charlotte Amalie can be very risky at night. Drugs and other related crime are a major problem, and dangerous public shootouts are a fact of life around St. Thomas. Tourists should exercise extreme caution when getting around as some neighborhoods can be dangerous, even if a well-known restaurant is in a particular neighborhood. If you are not comfortable with navigating a strange island while driving on the wrong side of the road, take a taxi.
St. John is a relatively safe island and usual caution is advised when leaving your car unattended, especially at secluded beaches such as Salt Pond Bay. Your car is not a safe and yes, thieves WILL look under the front seat for your wallet.