Andrew Harmon



Urban Suburban Magazine - Home Away From Home - Paradise Awaits, U.S.Virgin Islands

Paradise Awaits
in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands offers unique character, diverse culture, and breathtaking Caribbean views. With many direct, non-stop flights from major U.S. cities and no passport required for U.S. Citizens, a memorable and hassle-free vacation in paradise is just a quick plane trip away.

Once there, experience all of the islandsí best offerings thanks to comfortable accommodations and easy and affordable travel between St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas via ferry and seaplane.

St. Croix is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands Ė 28 miles long and seven miles at its widest point. The island lies entirely in the Caribbean Sea, with all the beauty and warmth of a tropical destination. However, it is this islandís distinct history and cultural heritage that set it apart from other Caribbean islands. St. Croix is rich in diverse history that remains alive in the architecture, national parks, historic landmarks, botanical attractions, food, music and traditions that are an integral part of island life. Explore the natural beauty and unique flora of St. Croix at the St. George Village Botanical Gardens. Continue exploring from atop a horse, while an experienced guide shows the whole family the scenic shores and lush country side of St. Croix. Relax and enjoy the islandís culture and breathtaking views while listening to the sounds of the free monthly concert series, Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted.

St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, retains a tranquil, unspoiled beauty uncommon in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. The islandís natural forests and stunning beaches attract nature-loving travelers. Reconnect with the outdoors on St. John in 7,000-acres of Virgin Islands National Park, with a hike along trails dotted with ancient rock carvings made by Taino Indians. View demonstrations of cultural traditions, including basket weaving, music, and dance at the Annaberg Sugar Mill Plantation ruins. Save time to experience St. Johnís turquoise waters with a catamaran sail day trip and a visit to Trunk Bay, ranked one of the worldís most beautiful beaches.

St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the islands with an energetic, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The cityís reputation as the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean attracts visitors from around the world who are drawn to its elegant dining, exciting nightlife and international, duty-free shopping. SNUBA, a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving, is another way to experience the underwater sea life on St. Thomas. St. Thomasí close proximity to the other U.S. Virgin Islands makes island-hopping fun and easy.


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