The US Virgin Islands are part of a wider group of islands in the Caribbean called the Virgin Islands – the other territories are the British Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, the largest of all the islands and unofficially part of the USA. With lush tropical landscapes and white sandy beaches, the US Virgin Islands are an ideal destination for beach holidays filled with sunbathing and relaxation, so find your cheap tickets to the Virgin Islands now.
The Virgin Islands enjoy a typically tropical rainforest climate, with temperatures varying little throughout the year – both summer and winter temperatures hover around 80F, but in winter may drop as low as 70F. The hurricane season is June to November, and should be avoided. The rainy season lasts from September to November – it tends to be drier on the coast during Fall. The driest months are February and March, and this is the best time to book your plane tickets to the US Virgin Islands.
With regular flights to many US cities, finding cheap flights to the Virgin Islands is easy and when you book with Orbitz there are plenty of ways to find the best deals.
You can search for flights to and from different locations using the ‘Nearby airports’ option. This helps you pick cheap flight deals to the US Virgin Islands. Being flexible can also pay dividends and using the ‘Show flexible dates’ option allows you to look at the cost of fares on different days. The ‘Show options’ button and menu on the left of the results screen allow you to filter and sort your results, so you can search by airline, flight duration, price, ticket type and look for direct or connecting flights to the US Virgin Islands.
The main airport serving the island of St. Croix is Henry E. Rohlsen, the smaller of the two international airports in the US Virgin Islands – it’s around six miles from Christiansted, the island’s largest town, and it offers flights to the US and to neighboring Caribbean islands, as well as connecting flights to St. Thomas. The most popular destination for passengers flying from Henry E. Rohlsen is Miami.
Cyril E. King airport serves St. Thomas, the most populated of the US Virgin Islands. It’s one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, being a popular departure point for the British Virgin Islands nearby as well as many other Caribbean destinations. It’s two miles from the capital, Charlotte Amalie, the largest settlement in the islands.
The only airports in the US Virgin Islands are on St. Croix and St. Thomas. The tiny islands of St. John and Water Islands are only accessible by boat. Inter-island ferries are frequent, so if you fancy island-hopping, even to other Caribbean destinations, it couldn’t be easier. On St. Croix and St. Thomas, taxis are plentiful but can be expensive. St. Croix, the bigger of the two, also has a bus service. Hire cars can be picked up at the airports.
St. Croix is where to get a culture fix – it has numerous museums and galleries, while the Christiansted National Historic Site covers the island’s history including 18th century fort Christiansværn. There are coral reefs and shipwrecks to explore if you fancy snorkeling or scuba diving in the warm, clear waters. The Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve is unmissable, being home to a stunning bio-luminescent bay.
St. Thomas has an enviable reputation as the destination for tax-free shopping in the Caribbean. Bag yourself a bargain or two in Charlotte Amalie or the malls dotted across the island. Then enjoy some of the finest Caribbean cuisine at the many restaurants. Outdoor activities include all water sports, eco-tours, dolphin spotting and topping up your tan on Magens Bay beach, one of National Geographic’s top choices in the world.
Water Island and St. John
If you really want to get away from it all, head for Water Island. Less than a square mile in size and a population of 185, there are no hotels but you can rent a house or camp and relax on the exquisite, unspoiled beaches. St. John is four miles by ferry from St. Thomas and has plenty of hotels, especially in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, which are also well provided with shops and restaurants. The Virgin Islands National Park is here and St. John is popular for snorkelling, coral reef diving, chartering boats and relaxing on the beaches.
Be prepared to be slightly baffled if you pick up a hire car in the US Virgin Islands. Here, the locals drive on the left, unlike in the USA. However, you’ll find that cars are left-hand drive as vehicles are imported from the US.
US travelers do not need their passport to visit the US Virgin Islands.