America's Caribbean Paradise - The US Virgin Islands

Located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea lie the US Virgin Islands. Three major islands make up this Caribbean paradise: St Thomas St John and St Croix. Each of the islands offers their own unique flair and any of them will serve as the perfect place for the island vacation of your dreams. Since it first became a territory of the United States it has been one of America's most sought after destinations.
Being in such a beautiful and magnificent location unique in the United States it is no wonder that Virgin Islands tourism is the most thriving industry in the islands. One of the highlights of Virgin Islands tourism is the amazing bi-plane rides that you can hire from any of the islands. These spectacular plane rides take you on an aerial journey of all three of the US Virgin Islands as well as the British Virgin Islands.

The largest and by far the most popular of the US Virgin Islands is the island of St Croix. The southernmost of the three islands it encompasses 82 square miles. Here on St Croix you will find Buck Island Reef National Monument: the only underwater National Monument in the entire country. In the US Virgin Islands they like to refer to it as a national park, rather than a national monument, and the park covers some 850 acres including the island proper. There is a beautiful sandy beach here with plenty of picnic tables and barbecue pits for plenty of outdoors beach fun as you look out over the Buck Island Reef.

For a relaxing time on St Croix you might want to visit Cramer park. During the week it is one of the calmest and most serene parts of St Croix. The beautiful whit sand and palm trees encourages the visitor to sit back, relax and bask in the glory of the US Virgin Islands. On the weekends the park is transformed as Djs along with live music acts turn Cramer Park into an enormous outdoor bar.

To experience some of the history not only of St Croix and the US Virgin Islands but also the entire western hemisphere you can visit the Salt River. On his second voyage to the New World explorer Christopher Columbus first stepped foot on the Virgin Islands here at Salt River on St Croix in 1493, along with 17 ships and 1500 of his men.

History lovers will also love the Whim Greathouse. It is a restoration of one of the finest examples of the greathouses that dominated St Croix in the late 1700's. Here you can get a glimpse of what life was like in this Caribbean paradise at the end of the 18th century. Visit the main house, the windmill and the watch house, as well as the bathhouse, the cookhouse and the apothecary. Also on site you will find a museum documenting the history of the greathouse and St Croix along with a gift shop.

The rainforest on St Croix is a true natural wonder, and is one of the greatest pleasures one can experience in the US Virgin Islands. Explore the beautiful mahogany trees, yellow cedar and Tibet trees that call St Croix home. Although the rain forest is private property the owners have allowed to let visitors come and experience this remarkable beauty.

Just because St Croix is the largest and most popular of the US Virgin Islands don't think it is the only place to go. St John and St Thomas are equally beautiful and offer visitors the best they can expect from Virgin Islands tourism.

St John, for example, has some of the best hiking you will find here in the US Virgin Islands. Beautiful forests, waterfalls, rivers and streams abound on this, the second largest of the US Virgin Islands. St Croix, the smallest, is only 23 square miles, but that doesn't mean it doesn't offer up just as much excitement as its two larger siblings. All of the US Virgin Islands offer beauty and enchantment. Gorgeous trees, flowers and greenery, incredible beaches and a wide array of wildlife are all part of what makes the US Virgin Islands such a treat for travelers.
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