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Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands

For duty-free deals on high-end merchandise, exercise the plastic along Main Street in St. Thomas; for a walk through the past, tour Fort Christiansvaern or the Estate Whim Plantation Museum of St. Croix; for a taste of nature, try hiking, swimming or scuba diving in the Virgin Islands National Park of St. John. 

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#1
Virgin Islands National Park (St. John) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on ... read more»

#2
Trunk Bay (St. John)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To some, Trunk Bay is the Mecca of beaches. You'll be hard-pressed to find another Caribbean beach with sand ... read more»

#3
Magens Bay (St. Thomas)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: There's no beach on St. Thomas (or maybe even the entire Virgin Islands archipelago) that's as celebrated as ... read more»

#4
Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Estate Whim Plantation Museum chronicles the 18th century life of Cruzans, especially those involved in the production of sugar ... read more»

#5
Caneel Bay (St. John) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Caneel Bay is adjacent to the Caneel Bay Resort, but it's free for everyone to enjoy. And according to ... read more»

#6
Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Most Virgin Islands vacationers love the chance to sample Cruzan Rum on its island of origin, and you should do ... read more»

#7
Main Street (St. Thomas)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you love to shop, dive in: St. Thomas has the best shopping plaza in the Caribbean. Dazzling diamonds, fragrant ... read more»

#8
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (St. Croix) Free attraction

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sandy Point is a southern beach in St. Croix that moonlights as a habitat and natural refuge for the leatherback ... read more»

#9
Annaberg Plantation (St. John) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In its heyday, the Annaberg Plantation produced sugar, molasses and rum. Now, if you swing by this ruined (but partially ... read more»

#10
Mahogany Run Golf Course (St. Thomas)

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: You only have one place to play golf on St. Thomas, and reviewers insist it's an excellent course. The ... read more»

#11
Fort Frederik (St. Croix) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Originally built to protect the Virgin Islands from piracy, Fort Frederik (also called Frederiksfort) was the site of a different ... read more»

#12
Fort Christiansvaern (St. Croix)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Lemon-colored Fort Christiansvaern is a well-preserved stronghold on the waterfront overlooking a northern edge of St. Croix. The building is ... read more»

#13
Coki Beach (St. Thomas) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you want to recline in the sun; choose Magens Bay or one of the more peaceful shores of St ... read more»

#14
Divi Carina Bay Casino (St. Croix) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you've got that gambling itch, book a hotel on (or take a day trip to) St. Croix. The ... read more»

#15
Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of St. Thomas' most visited tourist attractions is an indoor-outdoor aquarium filled with baby sharks, stingrays and touch starfish ... read more»

#16
Paradise Point (St. Thomas)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: One of the best views of the Charlotte Amalie harbor, Water Island and Puerto Rico awaits you atop Paradise Point ... read more»

#17
Buck Island National Monument (St. Croix)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 2.5

Why go: Located about 2 miles off the coast of Christiansted, Buck Island is St. Croix's go-to spot for scuba diving ... read more»

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