Things to do in the Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Caribbean. Situated in the Lesser Antilles, in between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this US area contains some 50 islands and cays, the majority of which are St. Croix, St. John., and St. Thomas.
After a tumultuous past, with several occupations, the islands show their Danish presence most notably with several beautiful examples of Danish neoclassical architecture. Beautiful scenery is yet another privilege. Lush peaks, lush woods, curving shores, and rocky coves are scattered all over the islands, and crystal blue seas and satisfying winds draw sailors and boaters who prefer to anchor in the protected bays.
So, let’s get to the list of things to do in the US Virgin Islands now!
1. Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix
Lovely Buck Island and its adjacent sea gardens are among the most popular destinations in St. Croix. Standing 1.5 miles off the northeast coast of St. Croix, in the middle of a large underwater reserve, Buck Island Reef was granted protection by the United States. President John F. Kennedy designated it the first U.S. National Aquatic Park in 1961.
The reef here contains coral grottoes and is among the finest dive sites in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the designated path, snorkelers and divers will see several freshwater fish such as blue tang and barracuda. Wreck dives are located off the coast of the north. Buck Island also provides safe beaches, picnic areas, and barbecue grills, and also a hiking path through a woodland of giant tamarinds to the dramatic peak of the island.
2. Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
Virgin Islands National Park (St. John) you will not have to make an extra effort to enter the Virgin Islands National Park; when you’re on St. John’s, you’re basically hanging near the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is nature reserves, and most of the major attractions of Love City — Annaberg Farm, Caneel Bay, and Trunk Bay — are within its boundaries. There are several avenues to experience this beautiful place. Adventurous tourists can stroll at least one of the 22 trails, while families can love camping on the beaches overnight.
There is no charge to access the area, but you’re going to have to pay more than $4 per adult to experience Trunk Bay Shore. Trunk Bay is well worth the price: Trunk Bay is totally beautiful and has all the facilities, including sheltered picnic benches, toilets, and a nice snack stand. If you want to settle down, read, and/or see the world go by, this is the perfect beach for you! Visiting this park is one of the best things to do in the Virgin Islands.
3. Mahogany Run Golf Course
Mahogany Run, just one golf course on St. Thomas, provides intimidating and varying terrain for both newbies and professionals. Set in a coastal gorge, Tom Fazio’s 18-hole 18-hole course welcomed celebrities and dignitaries as varied as Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods. The most prominent section of the Mahogany Drive is the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes, regarded as the Devil’s Triangle, where the Caribbean Sea divides the greens and the tee.
The course is accessible to the community and reasonable green payments include the use of a golf cart. So, how can we not rate this as one of the best things to do in the Virgin Islands? In addition to a driving range, two putting greens, a very well-stocked tour shop, and expert coaching, the course contains the award-winning Mahogany Grille. Look out for iguanas!
4. Annaberg Plantation
The Danish Colonial plantations were established in 1721 and manufactured sugar, rum, and treacle. Today it is a museum where you can read about all phases of plantation existence and sugar development. You will visit the old slave quarters, the factory, and the windmill by taking the designated historic walking path. This is one of the best things to do in the Virgin Islands for explorers and families. It’s going to be an expedition, as well as some adventure and muscle-using activities.
Breathtaking views of the sea and other islands can be seen from the plantation situated on the northeast side of the island, near Leinster Bay. Admission fees are paid and the National Park personnel are also on hand to provide details. After a tour of the ruins, imagine hiking on the Leinster Bay Path, one of the most beautiful on the island.
5. Shiver me’ timbers at Blackbeard’s Castle
It may come as a shock that the eponymous Blackbeard Castle was never really used by the notorious pirate Blackbeard.
It was called after the island tradition that claims that the legendary outlaw once docked at Charlotte Amalie and used the collapsing Danish keep as a place to identify possible pillaging targets at sea!
And that even if you don’t accept the tale, this old tower on the mountain sides of Upper St. Johns is always a perfect day out in the USVI, with daily tours of the nearby Skytsborg Historic Area, including pirating-related displays in the Caribbean Seas, and even a poolside bar on sale to tourists. Yes, this can be one of the best things to do in the Virgin Islands during your honeymoon, as well.
6. Laze around on Trunk Bay
With everything from National Geographic Society’s Finest Beach Honors to Condé Nast’s Prettiness Awards, Trunk Bay’s accomplishments have arrived thick and wide over the years. A tiny patch of cotton-white sand that once belonged to a Rockefeller, the place weaves through the forested hills of St. John, creating one of the undisputed gems of the Virgin Islands National Park.
It is supported by the decaying remains of a former plantation, and is lined with a sprinkling of rough islands that make for some top-notch days of snorkeling in the shallow water! If you are looking for the best things to do in Virgin Island with your better half or family, consider this as a top choice.
7. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
The capital of the islands Charlotte Amalie (named the Danish empress) is among the most famous cruise ports in the Caribbean. Located in the center of the island on the south coast of St. Thomas, the settlement is lined with beautiful pastel, red-roofed houses against the backdrop of steep forested hills.
Apart from many restaurants and entertainment outlets, Charlotte Amalie also provides the greatest number of boutique stores and jewelry stores in the Caribbean, and also a variety of stunning swimming and snorkeling beaches. Coral World Ocean Park is the main draw here, and other attractions include Blackbeard Castle; St. Thomas Synagogue; Frederick Lutheran Church; Emancipation Garden; 99 steps; Government House; and Fort Christian, the island’s oldest building.
8. Heritage Trail, St. Croix
The St. Croix Heritage Path is a 72-mile self-guided exploration of the island’s historic and ecological landmarks. Road signs can direct you along the path between Frederiksted and Christiansted, north to Hamm’s Bay in the west, then to Point Udall, the easternmost point in the US.
The Heritage Trail runs around the beautiful coastline through tropical trees, cattle land, and historical seaport cities. This is a perfect opportunity to visit some of St. Croix’s most famous attractions individually, like the Estate Whim Plantation Center, the St. George Village Botanical Garden, and Fort Frederik. All in all, we have to include this as one of the top things to do in the Virgin Islands.
9. Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix)
The Estate Whim Plantation Museum follows the life of Cruzans in the 18th century, particularly those engaged in the development of sugar cane. You will visit the great house of this Frederiksted museum and walk around the windmill and the bathhouse.
St. Croix still has the Estate Mount Washington Plantation (a private house that used to be a sugar cane plantation), but many claim the Whim is a better, more fun experience. You’ll have to see yourself around Mount Washington, although the Whim has excellent on-site tour operators who are full of information regarding the island’s sugar cane development and the existence of Cruzan slaves. In the season, you can tour Estate Whim for its Candlelight Concert Collection, outdoor performance on the premises of the former plantation. The platform often holds wine tastings daily.
10. Fort Christiansvaern (St. Croix)
Lemon-colored Fort Christiansvaern is a well-preserved castle on the coast facing the northern shore of St. Croix. The house is situated on the grounds of the Christiansted National Historic Site, and past tourists claim that the easiest way to explore Christiansvaern is by walking or driving.
Exploring the outside of the fort and its perimeter can take just 30 minutes to the peak, but as long as you’re here, you can also stop by the Danish Custom Building, the Scale Building, and the Danish West India & Guinea Company Factory, where former St. Croix resident and founding father Alexander Hamilton served as a young man. One TripAdvisor customer has a must-see: The fort is worth a visit when it comes to Christiansted. It offers a detailed glimpse into the past of the island — its colonization, exploitation, independence, and subsequent transition to [the] the U.S.
You will visit the fort from Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. At 4:45 p.m. And at 9 a.m. At 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for a price of $3. For more details, please visit the Fort Christiansted website.