The U.S. Virgin Islands is “America’s Caribbean Paradise” and consists of three islands: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. There is also Water Island.
The Virgin Islands are an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States which was originally settled by the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawak peoples. Christopher Columbus first named the islands in 1493 for Saint Ursula and her virgin followers.
Each island offers something different. St. Thomas, called “Rock City” for its hilly horizon, is known for luxury — from the mega-yachts moored in the harbor to the high-end storefronts along Main Street. Just a short ferry-ride east, St. John appeals to honeymooners and nature lovers, with more than 7,000 acres of dedicated parkland plus surrounding pristine beaches. Farther south in the Caribbean Sea, less-visited St. Croix has sugar cane plantations and rum distilleries that offer a glimpse into both the past and the present of the Virgin Islands.
Things to see and do
There are countless things to do and see in the USVI. Take a day sail or water tour, kayak, snorkel, see historic sites and landmarks, shop, dine, explore, or simply relax.
All of the USVI have festivals throughout the year. Check out the USVI Festivals website for more information.
Climate and Weather
The weather is always warm in the USVI. The temperature averages 78°F (25°C) in winter (December through March) and 83°F (28°C) in summer (June through August). Easterly trade winds keep the humidity lower than on most other Caribbean islands.
The wettest months are August through November; rain usually comes in brief tropical showers. Hurricane season peaks in August and September.