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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Best Time to Visit the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix)





The U.S. Virgin Islands offers three exciting tourist destinations, the islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

From crystal clear waters to pristine beaches and world class Virgin Islands hotels; there is something for everyone in these islands.

Virgin Islands are a magnificent archipelago of islands along the Caribbean Sea. Among its islands, St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John are the popular tourist destinations because of its crystal clear water, warm weather, pristine beaches and world class Virgin Islands hotels as well resorts. It international reputation is more on the sun-kissed people that are not only friendly and cheerful but very hospitable as well.

 

The Islands

  • Saint Croix: The largest island far to the south of the rest of the Virgin Islands.
  • Saint John: Beautiful and more relaxed, home to a couple resorts, a small town, and Virgin Islands National Park, covering 60% of the island's territory.
  • Saint Thomas: Home to the bustling capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands—the most populated island.  





When To Visit

The best time to visit is April to June. This is when you can expect mild weather and very little rainfall. During the peak season, from December to March, the temperature ranges from the mid-70s to high 80s with breezy evenings. July to October is the region's hurricane season with average temps in the upper 80s.

For springtime travel, lowest fares can be found early May while the highest fares are mid April.

Courtesy of  U.S. News


Getting There 

By Plane:

Flights are into either St. Croix or St. Thomas. St. John does not have an airport, but is easily accessible via St. Thomas.

Many flights connect through San Juan, Puerto Rico, but direct flights from the continental U.S. involve less hassle and flying time.

Direct flights into St. Thomas can be found from Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles, and Newark on United Airlines; Miami, Boston, and New York-JFK on American Airlines; Atlanta and Detroit on Delta Airlines; Charlotte, Philadelphia, and New York-La Guardia (weekly) on US Airways, and Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines.

Direct flights into St. Croix can be found from Miami on American Airlines; Atlanta (twice weekly) on Delta Air Lines; and Charlotte on US Airways (weekly, seasonal). St. Croix can also be easily reached from St. Thomas by flying Cape Air or also by Seaborne Airlines (which flies seaplanes between Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Christiansted, St. Croix).

For the best rates on flights to the US Virgin Islands try one of the websites below:

Fly out on a Tuesday, return on a Wednesday to maximize your savings!
 

By Boat:

Ferries run between all three US Virgin Islands, as well as to and from the British Virgin Islands and, on a seasonal basis, Puerto Rico.

St. Thomas

Virgin Islanders are actually from different parts of the globe. They are a diverse group ranging from the Arawak to the Carib Indians and they are as culturally rich as the people from England, Africa, Denmark, Holland, Spain, France, India and the US. This is where you can expect good vacation value through its national parks, secluded beaches, duty-free shopping, camp grounds, ecological tours, recreational activity venues for hiking and water sports like sailing, kayaking and even world class diving. For accommodations, you'll never run out of options for booking into comfortable and stress-free Virgin Islands hotels. Near these lodging facilities is a wide selection of fine dining restaurants and clubs.

St. John

US citizens traveling to any of the US Virgin Islands enjoy much of the conveniences of domestic travel. You don't need a passport if you're arriving from the US Mainland or Puerto Rico. However, if you're a non-US citizen, the requirements to enter the US Virgin Islands are the same as the requirements you need to enter the US from any part of the world. Even upon departure, US citizens are not required a passport. For non-stop flights and connecting flights, you can travel from New York, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia to Dallas, Los Angeles, the San Juan hub, Canada, South America, the Far East and Europe. There are also commuter services available between San Juan to St. Thomas. These airlines will take you in-between islands in only 17 minutes.


St. Croix

Virgin Islands Hotels and Resorts

The Virgins Islands offer a wide range of accommodations ranging from cozy inns, and stylish villas to peaceful campsites, world class hotels, charming bed and breakfasts. Whatever type of lodging you need to explore the cultural and historical scene of St. Croix or the cosmopolitan setting of St. Thomas or the beautiful and relaxed St. John,  there is a perfect accommodation to suit your style and needs.

Holger Danske Hotel   This St. Croix hotel is located along the boardwalk. It overlooks the harbor. It offers a fresh water pool and air conditioned rooms. The airport is only 15 minutes away. It is also near historic sites, quaint shops and recreational venues for water sports.

Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel: Make yourself at home in one of the 6 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions at this St. John hotel. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Here you will satisfy your appetite at one of the hotel's two restaurants and quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is included.

Tropic Leisure Club at Magens Point Resort on St. Thomas is just a half-mile from famous Magens Bay Beach and one mile from Mahogany Run golf course. Located on a lush tropical hill top overlooking Magens Bay, this beautiful resort is far enough away from the crowds of Charlotte Amalie to enjoy the peace and quiet of the north side of the island, but close enough to zip into town Relax by the outdoor pool or in a friendly game of tennis or try your luck in the video lottery gaming room which features blackjack, poker, and keno. The resort also offers a family-friendly atmosphere along with a helpful staff to arrange sightseeing trips and activities. Excellent duty-free shopping is just minutes away in Charlotte Amalie. Additional fees apply. Minimum age at check-in is 21. Please note that the property does not offer free Wi-Fi internet access.



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