Plan a Visit to the US Virgin Islands!

Are you looking to plan a visit to the US Virgin Islands? The US Virgin Islands are a sought-after vacation spot, drawing visitors with their captivating beaches, vibrant culture, and duty-free shopping, all easily accessible to US citizens without the need for a passport. Additionally, the islands’ popularity is bolstered by the frequent docking of numerous cruise ships, offering travelers convenient access to explore their pristine landscapes and rich historical sites.

Whether you have a one-day stop or a full week in the US Virgin Islands, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Here are some of our suggestions for trips both long and short. Enjoy!

Plan a visit to the US Virgin Islands If you only have ONE day as a cruise stop

All of the major ocean lines, as well as many minor lines, visit the busy port of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. It is the most popular port for Eastern Caribbean itineraries! Here’s our suggestion for how to make the most of your one-day-only visit.

First things first: get ready for a busy day! There’s so much to see and do. We recommend two different tours/excursions, timed well. Start out with a boat tour from the harbor out to Buck Island. Enjoy a few hours exploring, snorkeling, and relaxing on the gorgeous beach.

Once you’re back on land, make your way to the Paradise Point launch site. Tickets are about $25 per adult, and trams run every few minutes. Have your camera ready, because as soon as you begin your ascent, you will have incredible 360-degree views of paradise! Once at the top, grab some lunch, along with a famous banana daiquiri. Spend the afternoon (just make sure you get back to your ship on time!) strolling through the shops and taking in the views.

Plan a visit to the US Virgin Islands and visit for a week

Spending 7 days in USVI is the average amount of time spent on visits, but we promise, it won’t be long enough! We’ve put together a list of the best of the best, our can’t-miss sights, and activities so you can make the most of your trip.

Most flights from the mainland tend to arrive midday, so your first day is dedicated to travel and getting acquainted with your resort. If it’s your first visit, we recommend making St. Thomas your base for the week. The island is small enough to get about and reach most things within a day. Grab dinner at your resort, then wrap up the evening with a stroll on the beach.

To ease into the adventure, day 2 is about getting your bearings. Spend this day exploring Charlotte Amalie, the capital city and cruise port. Start the day by taking the tram to Paradise Point – enjoy some shopping and grab a banana daiquiri while taking in the breathtaking vistas. Stroll about the old city, climb 99 Steps, and venture over to Bluebeard’s Castle for a little pirate lore. End the day with a delicious dinner in town before returning to your resort. Rest up for tomorrow!

Get up with the sun, grab an iced coffee, and catch your shuttle to Red Hook. From there, you’ll take a water taxi over to St. John! Start with a hike in the National Park and take some great pics from the vistas of neighboring British Virgin Islands. On your way back to town, stop by one of the many incredible beaches for a dip in the ocean and a bite to eat. Spend the afternoon wandering around Cruz Bay, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of local cuisine. Follow your nose for dinner- there are so many great options in both Cruz Bay (St. John) and Red Hook (St. Thomas), and enjoy the sunset and tropical vibes – you can even dance the night away!

After a busy day in the sun, day 4 will take it back down a bit. Sleep in, and then head out for an incredible midday excursion to Little Buck Island. Snorkel, swim and take in the natural beauty! Head back to your resort to get freshened up for dinner – tonight is the night for your sunset sail!

Up and at it, there’s still so much to see and do! We’re starting day 5 with a hike to Drake’s Seat! The climb is oh-so-worth-it once you catch that first glimpse of Magen’s Bay from above! From here, we suggest a taxi/shuttle to Mountain Top for a fun zip line adventure, before returning to sea level. Spend the afternoon relaxing on world-famous Magen’s Bay!

It’s gone by way too fast, so to make the most of your last full day in the USVI, we’re pulling out all the stops. We suggest taking a food tour around the island, followed by a day sail to Water Island for the perfect afternoon having fun in the sun! After dinner, make your way to Frenchman’s Cove for the grand finale – tonight you are going bioluminescent kayaking for a unique perspective of the exquisite USVI marine life.

After a busy week, you’ve got our permission to sleep in on your last day, maybe even order room service breakfast while you pack up to head home. Take one last stroll along the beach before checking out and heading to the airport.

Are you ready to start planning your visit to the US Virgin Islands? Learn more about how we can help in your vacation process!

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