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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
    Things to do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    #1 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions— Annaberg Plantation,Caneel BayandTrunk Bay — are within its confines. There are

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  • #2
    Trunk Bay (St. John)
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    #2 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    To some, Trunk Bay is the Mecca of beaches. You'll be hard-pressed to find another Caribbean beach with sand quite so pearly or water so aquamarine. And as it's cocooned by theVirgin Islands National Park, Trunk Bay still maintains its otherworldly serenity despite its constant barrage of tourists. "I recommend

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    Magens Bay (St. Thomas)
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    #3 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    There's no beach on St. Thomas (or maybe even the entire Virgin Islands archipelago) that's as celebrated as Magens Bay. So let us add our own poetic schpeel: This north coast beach could potentially be the most photogenic and swimmable shore of the Virgin Islands. But years of positive reinforcement

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  • #4
    Estate Whim Plantation Museum (St. Croix)
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    #4 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Estate Whim Plantation Museum chronicles the 18th century life of Cruzans, especially those involved in the production of sugar cane. You can tour the great house of this Frederiksted museum and stroll through the windmill and bath house.

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    Caneel Bay (St. John)
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    #5 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    1 to 2 hours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Caneel Bay is adjacent to theCaneel Bay Resort, but it's free for everyone to enjoy. And according to travelers, you should definitely take advantage. Very few tourists who aren't guests of the hotel ever venture to this northwest St. John beach, and as a result, it's one of the more

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  • #6
    Cruzan Rum Distillery (St. Croix)
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    #6 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Most Virgin Islands vacationers love the chance to sample Cruzan Rum on its island of origin, and you should do the same at Frederiksted's rum distillery. Tour guides at the rum headquarters will teach you about the distilling and bottling processes. Most visitors note that while informative, the experience is

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  • #7
    Main Street (St. Thomas)
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    #7 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you love to shop, dive in: St. Thomas has the best shopping plaza in the Caribbean. Dazzling diamonds, fragrant perfume, designer duds, shiny electronics and potent liquor stream from the cobblestones of Main Street (also known by its Danish name,Dronningens Gade) in Charlotte Amalie. And just like you've read

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  • #8
    Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (St. Croix)
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    #8 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Sandy Point is a southern beach in St. Croix that moonlights as a habitat and natural refuge for the leatherback sea turtles. During the day, you can swim in the shallow waters or sunbathe along the buff-colored sand. If you're lucky you might catch some turtles nesting their eggs in

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  • #9
    Annaberg Plantation (St. John)
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    #9 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    1 to 2 hours
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    In its heyday, the Annaberg Plantation produced sugar, molasses and rum. Now, if you swing by this ruined (but partially restored) plantation and mill, you can learn about sugar production in the 18th and 19th centuries. And depending on the day, participate in a demonstration on basket weaving or bread

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  • #10
    Mahogany Run Golf Course (St. Thomas)
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    #10 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    You only have one place to play golf on St. Thomas, and reviewers insist it's an excellent course. The Mahogany Run Golf Course, located on the island's northeast side, features 18 holes sprawled across 6,022 yards. The par-70 course was designed by George and Tom Fazio, who particularly exerted themselves

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    Fort Frederik (St. Croix)
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    #11 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Originally built to protect the Virgin Islands from piracy, Fort Frederik (also called Frederiksfort) was the site of a different sort of historic stampede. In 1848, some 8,000 slaves marched through the streets of Frederiksted to this fort in order to demand their freedom. During your visit to this historical

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    Fort Christiansvaern (St. Croix)
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    #12 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Museums, Sightseeing
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    Lemon-colored Fort Christiansvaern is a well-preserved stronghold on the waterfront overlooking a northern edge of St. Croix. The building is located on the grounds of the Christiansted National Historic Site, and previous visitors say the best way to experience Christiansvaern is with a walking or driving tour. Exploring the fort's

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    Coki Beach (St. Thomas)
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    #13 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    If you want to recline in the sun; chooseMagens Bayor one of the more peaceful shores of St. Thomas' southern coast. But if you want to literally swim with the fishes, there's no better spot on the Rock than Coki Beach, located next toCoral World Ocean Parkon the northeast shore.

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    Divi Carina Bay Casino (St. Croix)
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    #14 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    If you've got that gambling itch, book a hotel on (or take a day trip to) St. Croix. The U.S. Virgin Islands' only full-service casino is located in the town of Christiansted on the grounds of the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort. The casino is small by big-city standards but

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    Coral World Ocean Park (St. Thomas)
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    #15 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    One of St. Thomas' most visited tourist attractions is an indoor-outdoor aquarium filled with baby sharks, stingrays and touch starfish. Located on the northeast coast of St. Thomas, Coral World also has as walk-through aviary and an offshore underwater observatory with an 80,000-gallon coral reef exhibit.

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    Paradise Point (St. Thomas)
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    #16 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    One of the best views of the Charlotte Amalie harbor, Water Island andPuerto Ricoawaits you atop Paradise Point, an overlook that's coupled with an on-site restaurant and gift shop. Vacationers are wowed by the spectacular panorama, but are less than impressed by the average food and the overpriced souvenirs. 

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    Buck Island National Monument (St. Croix)
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    #17 in U.S. Virgin Islands
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    Located about 2 miles off the coast of Christiansted, Buck Island is St. Croix's go-to spot for scuba diving or snorkeling. The 176-acre island is fringed with a barrier reef chock full of tropical fish and elkhorn coral. On land you just might spot a hawksbill turtle or brown pelican.

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