Travel Planning
U.S. Virgin Islands
Travel Planning
U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands at a Glance

The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are popular American tourist destinations and have many beaches and resorts to chose from. Sit back with a cool drink, turn on the calypso music and get ready to experience the beaches, hiking and West Indian culture that drive the islands. 

St. Thomas is the most developed of the islands. Its harbor welcomes cruise ships and resorts line its coast. Chose St. Thomas to stretch out under a striped beach umbrella with all-inclusive resort package catering to your needs. 

St. John is mostly parkland and has been experimenting with lower-impact development and eco-tourism. Great beaches and great hiking along the coast and in the interior jungles means that you can plan a diverse trip. 

St. Croix is the only island without a tourist focus and is farther away from the other islands. Scuba diving, old plantations and crumbling forts make this island a neat place to explore. 

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Popular Places
  • St. Croix St. Croix
  • St. John St. John
  • St. Thomas St. Thomas
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Cyril E. King Airport
  • Major Airport Henry E. Rohlsen Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Hurricane season runs from June to November and this same weather pattern brings rain, tropical storms and thunderstorms. 

Safety Concerns Robbery and petty crime affect tourists. Never leave your valuables unattended and avoid walking around alone at night. 

Health Concerns Many hotels and resorts purify their own water, but if you are in doubt, drink bottled water, or boil the tap water. 

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