U.S. Virgin Islands
Where turquoise-blue waters, teeming with vividly luminous marine life, shimmer against sparkling white-sand shores.
And where the vibrant hues of the scenery-emerald hilltops studded with ruby-red flamboyant trees and dainty bougainvillea in a rainbow palette-are matched only by the colorful style, language and culture of the people.
With enticements like these, it's no wonder more and more vacationers are discovering the luxurious resorts, world-class cuisine and exciting activities to be found in the U.S. Virgin Islands, making the isles of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas their destination of choice year after year. Moreover, since these lovely Virgins are United States Territories, they offer distinct advantages over other Caribbean islands, whether you are a U.S. citizen enjoying your home away from home or an international visitor reaping the benefits and convenience of American laws and customs.
Part of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are located in the Atlantic time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern standard time. Average temperatures range from 77 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 82 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, making these islands a perfect year-round getaway.
With their convenient airport and harbor facilities, the U.S. Virgin Islands can be easily reached from anywhere in the world by air or by sea. Nonstop flights from major eastern U.S. cities such as New York, Atlanta and Miami are just 3.5 hours or less, with several major airlines offering regular service to the islands. Some smaller airlines also offer flights to the islands, as well as cargo carriers which bring in, and take out, larger or special shipments. A number of major cruise lines run regularly from Miami and San Juan to St. Thomas and St. Croix throughout the year, while many smaller ships make stops at St. John as well.
An American dream, these three islands and 60-odd cays that comprise the US Virgin Islands include some of the most magnificent coast on earth. This tiny addition to the stars and stripes earns its way by providing a taste of paradise and a bit of light relief to nearly two million vacationers each year. Swanky resorts, an armada of cruise ships, and a massive yacht charter industry hardly sound like the turf of the typical American traveler. However, it is possible to become an International traveler - and stay in America.