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Welcome to US Virgin Islands

Known for their snorkeling, hiking, and watersports opportunities, the Caribbean trio of US Virgin Islands serve as an ideal destination for outdoor adventure—choose the island that suits you best or book a private tour to hit them all. Sightseeing tours in St. Thomas give visitors the chance to explore bustling Charlotte Amalie, Coral World Ocean Park, and idyllic Magens Bay. Meanwhile, boat tours allow easy access to St. John, home to the nearly untouched Virgin Islands National Park and an abundance of sea turtles. And just off tiny St. Croix sits Buck Island, where you can kayak through a mangrove lagoon.

Top 10 attractions in US Virgin Islands

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Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach

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With more than 40 major beaches lining St Thomas’ shores, how do you decide which to visit?One of the most popular is Sapphire Beach, located on the east end of the island. This area of St Thomas is known for its laid-back atmosphere and is home to some of the best views of neighboring St John. With a mix of red-tiled roof homes and commerical buildings, the area is anchored by Red Hook, a popular spot for boating enthusiasts and where the historic center of Charlotte Amalie is located.Sapphire Beach, an ideal stop for cruise ship passengers exploring St Thomas for a day, features about 35 acres of fine white sand beaches and is also a great choice for families. The waters are calm and good for snorkeling, while the sea grape trees on the right end of the beach provide some shade for beach goers. The left side, however, is ideal for sunbathing. Keep your eyes open for ducks and iguanas wandering the shores.At the nearby Sapphire Beach Resort, visitors can rent lounge chairs and snorkeling equipment, or opt for other water activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing.More
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Magens Bay

Magens Bay

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Thanks to its curving arc of white sand and its bright blue water, Magens Bay is St. Thomas’ most popular beach. The area is surrounded by forests and palm trees, and the bay offers calm waves for swimming and kayaking. For stunning views of the bay’s unusual rectangular shape and mile of beach, head to the nearby Mountain Top lookout.More
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Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

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Secret Harbour Beach Resort is located on St Thomas’ East End, at Nazareth Bay near Red Hook and the popular beach of Vessup Bay.The resort is situated on prime island real estate with its gorgeous shoreline and crystal clear waters. Some visitors opt for a variety of water sports and activities such as kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling, while others choose to simply relax on the beach and take in the mesmerizing views. The secluded cove creates a shelter that allows very calm waters to reach the seashore and makes the spot safe for children. Secret Harbour also has an onsite PADI dive shop with rental equipment of all kinds.The resort features several spots for grabbing a drink or a bite to eat, including the ever-popular Cruzan Beach Club, offering a number of cool Caribbean-inspired cocktails and fusion cuisine. The tiki-style bar is quite casual and welcoming to visitors looking for that barefoot experience. A bit more upscale is the Sunset Grille, an American-style restaurant with traditional culinary classics that have a touch of Caribbean influence.Those with a goal of not leaving their beach chair can order Cruzan Beach Club tropical drinks and some menu items right from their beach chair or hammock.More
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Coki Beach

Coki Beach

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Coki Beach is considered St. Thomas’ party beach and is always full of families, revelers, and vendors. Snorkelers and scuba divers love the clear water and sea creatures here, while beach-goers enjoy the white sands, sunshine, and wandering vendors who offer drinks and snacks, souvenirs, sunscreen, and hair braiding.More
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Mountain Top

Mountain Top

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Perched on a set of cliffs overlooking Caribbean waters, Mountain Top is considered the oldest and tallest attraction on the island. With an elevation of 2,100 feet above sea level, it provides visitors with some of the best views on St Thomas. More than 20 neighboring islands can be seen from the top.The views from Mountain Top are so renowned thatNational Geographic Magazine hails the spot as one of the Top 10 Scenic Views in the world. The site wasn't always accessible, however; it was occupied by the United States during the 1940s as a strategic communications location called Signal Hill.Today, the site is also considered a shopping mecca and known as the birthplace of the banana daiquiri.Even so, it's a toss-up as to whether visitors like the site's views or shopping better. A shopping mecca, this is where people come to check out a range of unique souvenirs and handicrafts. Shops selling everything from T-shirts to Cruzan Rum are at Mountain Top, along with international brands like Tommy Bahama, Reef, Guy Harveyand Panama Jack.If you are a fan of banana daiquiris, Mountain Top is the place to be. As the self-proclaimed birthplace of the beloved tropical drink, Mountain Top legend has it that in 1953, a British sea captain by the name of George Coule was sailing from his native Barbados in search of the perfect Caribbean cocktail. He tried Guava Gimlets in Guadeloupe, Soursop Sodas in Saba and Mango Margaritas in Martinique, but when he arrived on the highest mountain in St Thomas, he found the banana daiquiri.More
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Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach

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Honeymoon Beach is both convenient and out-of-the-way, a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds at spots like Trunk Bay, but still appreciate a few on-site amenities. The beach is accessible by trails and serves as an area for watersports enthusiasts. Travelers can grab a kayak for a paddle up the coast before diving in to snorkel alongside the tropical fish that school around the rocks.More
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Water Island

Water Island

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Water Island is the smallest of the main US Virgin Islands, and that’s what gives it its charm. Rather than shops and restaurants, it’s the thatched cabanas and lazy vibe of idyllic beaches like Honeymoon Beach that are its main draw.Away from the beach, you can tour the underground tunnels and watchtowers of Fort Segarra, built during WWII. Getting around the island by bicycle is highly recommended.Around 160 people are fortunate enough to live on Water Island, but the volcanic island remains undeveloped. Facilities are limited to a few food outlets, dive shops and charters, a beach bar, fishing operator and ferry dock.The US Virgin Island’s so-called fourth island, Water Island only joined the group relatively recently, in 1996, and so far it’s kept its low-key atmosphere and local character.More
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Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park

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One of the top family-friendly attractions in the US Virgin Islands, Coral World Ocean Park combines both indoor and outdoor observation facilities which showcase the region’s diverse and plentiful marine life. Highlights include the hermit crab, starfish, and sea cucumber touch pool and the 50,000-gallon Deep Reef Tank, home to moray eels, tarpon, and plenty of sharks.More
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Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

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The U.S. Postal Service put it on a stamp, Condé Nast Traveler called it one of the top 10 beaches in the world, National Geographic declared it without equal: Trunk Bay. The talc-soft sands, turquoise waters and lush green backdrop of this earthly paradise inspire superlatives in all who see it, while its location within the Virgin Islands National Park ensures it remains free of unsympathetic development.Just off-shore, a marked-out underwater trail is a popular snorkeling spot, and you can hire equipment if you didn’t bring your own. In the late afternoon, as visitors drift away, stick around for a perfect tropical sunset.More
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Drake's Seat

Drake's Seat

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For one of the best views on St. Thomas, make the drive to the mountaintop perch at Drake’s Seat. Here you can keep lookout over Magens Bay and the British Virgin Islands, just as Sir Francis Drake was said to do from this very spot in order to catch pirates, privateers and invading naval ships approaching from the north via Drake’s Passage, also bearing his name. Today, this lookout point sports a stone platform with a bench atop it, and it’s a popular top for tour groups. The crowds mostly disperse by evening however, making Drake’s Seat an ideal spot to take in the sunset.More

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Top Beaches in St. Thomas

Top Beaches in St. Thomas

Top activities in US Virgin Islands

Snorkel & Swim with Turtles. Semi Private Tour to Buck Island & Honeymoon Beach
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St. John PiZZA Pi Snorkel Sail with Beach Stop, Lunch & Open Bar - Westin
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50' Luxury Yacht. Private Full or Half Day Catamaran Snorkel, & Beach Experience
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Circle the Island of St. John | Lunch stop at Lime Out (Taco Boat)
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Sunset Dinner Sail from the Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
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Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline

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Snorkel Cat Adventure

Snorkel Cat Adventure

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Full Day Sail & Snorkel Experience - St John & Surrounding Cays - 6 Guest Max
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Recent reviews from experiences in US Virgin Islands

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Great snorkeling with incredible lunch and service
Matt_N, Jul 2021
Snorkel Cat Adventure
The crew took us to a couple good spots to see lots of sea life.
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First-timer Must Do!
Bruce_C, Feb 2020
St John Island and Trunk Bay Beach Tour
It will let you know what other places you might want to visit.
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