Virgin Islands US Vacations
Your US Virgin Islands vacation
A U.S. Virgin Islands vacation offers the full gamut of Caribbean experiences. The three principal islands - St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas - are magnificent tropical environments, each distinguished by its own personality.
St. Croix's Danish influence is perfect for a laid-back experience, complete with charming historic towns (Frederiksted and Christiansted), 18th-century sugar mills and scenic golf courses. Energetic St. Thomas boasts natural splendors, dining and nightlife -- especially in Charlotte Amalie. Two-thirds of St. John is a national park, where you'll find famed beaches like Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay.
Let Orbitz help you plan your U.S. Virgin Islands vacation. Our insiders profile the best time to go, top 10 highlights and insider gems.
Best time to take a vacation to Virgin Islands US
Blessed with year-round temperatures between the high-70s and low-80s, planning U.S. Virgin Islands travel can be relatively easy. The most popular time to vacation in U.S. Virgin Islands is mid-December through April, so plan your vacation well in advance. But if discount hotel rates and an island-to-yourself feeling are top priority, plan your trip between late spring and early December. Hurricane season officially runs from June through November, peaking in AugU.S.t and September.
The holidays are the same as celebrated in the U.S., but to join local festivities, January 6th (Three Kings Day) and March 31st (Transfer Day) come alive with parades, parties and more.
Insider tips for Virgin Islands US travel
Le Chateau de Bordeaux (St. John)
This elegant Bordeaux Mountain gem offers stunning views of Coral Bay and homemade West Indian recipes (lobster bisque, chowders, caramelized plantains). Be sure to order a Dirty Monkey -- a fruity rum daiquiri and hoU.S.e specialty.
Sapphire Beach (St. Thomas)
You'll find blue water and white sand here, but a more secluded vibe. Go jetskiing or parasailing or jU.S.t chill over seaside cocktails and casual fare.
Skinny Legs Bar & Grill (St. John)
Mingle with yachters, locals and tourists at this eclectic, kid-friendly hangout. Equal parts dive bar and high-end country club, enjoy live mU.S.ic, and everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to mahi mahi sandwiches.
Carambola Resort (St. Croix)
Head to this St. Croix resort on a Friday night to experience a Pirates Buffet and Mocko Jumbies Show. Feast on lamb chops, seafood, crab legs and more, followed by an exciting live mU.S.ic show.
Virgin Islands US Vacation Packages
Family-owned resort on St. Croix known for service and amenitiesSpread out among 340 acres, the Buccaneer has won dozens of travel awards during its more than 60-year history. Known as the Caribbean's most historic resort, the property features pristine beaches which... More
Family-run, Golden Conch Caribbean Hotelier award winnerA casual, friendly attitude reigns at the unpretentious, beachside Bolongo Bay Beach Resort which has frequent repeat visitors. There is an all-inclusive option, but even guests traveling "European" style are offered... More
Secluded resort on Cruz Bay walking distance to St. John restaurantsThe Gallows Point Resort recently completed a renovation that highlights the property's spectacular setting. The resort, set on five acres of a lushly landscape peninsula, is an adventure... More
Step into an atmosphere of casual elegance during your visit to the inviting private island retreat. If your idea of a Caribbean vacation includes unforgettable sunsets, white sand beaches and the simple phrase "no problem," this is the place for you! Hotel on... More
Relax and rejuvenate in scenic splendorTravel away from the bustling city life and retreat to any of the cozy units at the luxurious Sugar Bar Resort & Spa. From meals and drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails (fees apply) to a variety of water toys, everything... More
Get away from it all this low-key, luxury resort on St. JohnDisconnect from the hustle and bustle of the real world at Caneel Bay on St. John, a luxurious but low-key resort. Relaxation is the ultimate goal at Caneel Bay which is why rooms are devoid of modern technology... More
Cottage-style accommodations, postcard perfect views at St. Croix hotelChenay Bay sits on 30 acres of a former sugar plantation on a green hillside overlooking the majestic Caribbean Sea. The property's West Indian-style cottages feature porch where guests... More
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Experience Virgin Islands luxury with a private beach and treatment spa Situated overlooking Morning Star beach, Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resorts is an idyllic tropical paradise with stunning views over the Caribbean Sea. Luxurious rooms set in... More
Two-thirds national park, the tiny island of St. John is home to virgin forests, hiking trails, an underwater snorkeling trail and the magnificent The Westin St. John Resort. Overlooking Great Cruz Bay, the resort features 96 guest rooms. Turquoise bays and white sand... More
Situated on the crystal clear Caribbean Sea with year-round temperatures of 85F/29C, Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina on St Croix USVI is ideal for a destination wedding, honeymoon, relaxed family vacation or quiet retreat. Voted 'Best Beach on St. Croix - 2013',... More
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Virgin Islands US highlights
Experience Caribbean culture mixed with American familiarity. Sail to offshore cays, soak up the sun on postcard-perfect beaches and tour Magen's Bay where pirates once lurked. Explore the lU.S.h, mountainoU.S. interior, and enjoy dining, nightlife and duty-free shopping in Charlotte Amalie.
Grab your swimsuit and snorkels for some of the area's best beaches (Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay) located in the Virgin Islands National Park. But if shopping tops your itinerary, find plenty ashore in Cruz Bay's upscale Mongoose Junction.
The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix has a palpable Caribbean vibe with rainforests, top-notch fishing and rum distilleries. The north shore boasts miles of secluded coastline, while Christiansted and Frederiksted have European appeal. From horseback riding near historic sugar mills to playing golf on one of the island's scenic courses, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.
Buck Island Reef National Park
The Buck Island Reef National Park is about as secluded as it gets. Accessible only by boat, bring an underwater camera to see tropical fish darting around the coral reef. Then relax on Turtle Beach's soft, white sands. Hike trails from Diedrichs Point or the West Beach to view frangipani trees, cactU.S., sandpiper trees and more.
Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)
Come for tastings and tours at this local rum distillery. See how rum is made, including historic old windmills and barrels.
Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
This stretch of preserved wilderness offers a crisscross of hiking trails across St. John. See historic sites like the plantation ruins of Annaberg, swim or snorkel along Trunk Bay or any of the beaches along the coast.
Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)
Get up-close with iguanas and sea lions, and pet baby sharks. Feed turtles and string-rays, then check out the moray eels and tarpon in the massive Deep Reef Tank. Explore Marine Gardens teeming with scorpion fish, seahorses and more.
Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas)
There's more to Charlotte Amalie than souvenir shops and bars. Visit Fort Christian, St. Thomas's oldest structure, take the Skyride up to Paradise Point for stunning views and cocktails, and check out the French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro gallery.
Blackbeard's Castle (St. Thomas)
Check out the Skytsborg, a 17th-century tower where the Danish (and some say infamoU.S. pirate Blackbeard) kept watch for enemy ships. Stop by the Inn at Blackbeard's Castle to enjoy a swimming pool and snack bar.