About the US Virgin Islands
The United States owned portion of the Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, is made up of the main islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, as well as other small islands (see Google’s map of the US Virgin Islands). Much of the island of St. John is part of the Virgin Islands National Park.
Our Travels to the US Virgin Islands
Our first visit to the US Virgin Islands was on our January 2009 Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Our first stop after leaving San Juan, Puerto Rico was St. Thomas. We planned our day ahead of time and managed to take the ferry over to St. John so we could visit Trunk Bay Beach. We’d seen it on a beach calendar years before, and it was everything we anticipated and more.
A year and a half later, we returned to the US Virgin Islands for our May 2010 trip to celebrate Jeremy’s 30th birthday. This time, we were able to spend more time on St. Thomas. We had a lot of fun exploring all of the beaches in our Jeep. We even made it back to St. John. It was on this trip that we truly fell in love with these islands, which made for a very difficult and emotional departure.
A month and a half later, we were back on St. Thomas with our friends James and Autumn on our July 2010 trip to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversaries. We again rented a Jeep and had a great time exploring the islands.
Our next visit to the US Virgin Islands was bitter-sweet. We were heading home from our February 2011 B.V.I. Sailing Trip and took a ferry from Tortola to St. Thomas, which was where we were flying out of. We took the earliest ferry we could so we had a few hours to spend on the island.
After almost two years, we returned for 33 days in St. Thomas from New Year’s Eve until the beginning of February 2013. It was an amazing trip and was our first trip as a complete family. In addition to St. Thomas, we also visited Water Island and made a couple trips over to St. John.
Two years later, in the winter of 2014-2015, we came back for 36 days and spent time again on St. Thomas, Water Island, and St. John. Read more about our travels to the US Virgin Islands…
Jeremy’s favorite island, St. Thomas is the air and cruise ship hub of the US Virgin Islands, and is home to St. Thomas Harbor, a bustling cruise port where the majority of the cruise ships stop. From one of over 40 beaches to Yacht Haven Grande to downtown Charlotte Amalie, this island has something for everyone. Read more about St. Thomas…
St. John, the quiet sister island of St. Thomas is just to the east. Take a ferry over to enjoy the natural beauty of Trunk Bay and many other beautiful, white sand beaches. This island has a more laid-back vibe than St. Thomas. Read more about St. John…
St. Croix, quite different in its geological makeup than the other two islands, St. Croix is a large sprawling island that boasts everything from beaches to farmland, to mountainous terrain, and actually has a highway system.
Small Islands in the US Virgin Islands
There are many small islands, rocks, and cays in the US Virgin Islands. Most of them have a story or unique characteristic. Read more about the small islands in the US Virgin Islands…
Virgin Islands National Park
A large portion of the US Virgin Islands is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Some portions of the park are actually underwater, designed to protect precious sealife and coral, while other areas are on land and contain ruins from old plantations and rum stills. Read more about the Virgin Islands National Park in the US Virgin Islands…
Transportation in the US Virgin Islands
There are many forms of transportation in the US Virgin Islands, including taxis, ferries, airplanes, and seaplanes. Read more about Transportation in the US Virgin Islands…
History of the US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands, as do most islands, have a very interesting history behind them. From the horrors of slavery, to pirates, to hurricanes, these islands have seen it all.