Cruise ship view of St. Thomas Harbor, USVI
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The Virgin Islands are a great travel destination. While the islands are American territories, accept U.S. dollars, and speak English, there remains an exotic, faraway flavor about them. West Indian culture strongly influences the islands and calypso and reggae rhythms swirl through the tropical airy breezes.

The three different islands that make up the Virgin Islands group are equally attractive to visit, although each possess distinctive personalities. St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are all extraordinary places:

On St. Croix, Christiansted's colorful Danish Colonial buildings are charming. This National Historic Site has five preserved historical structures and interprets the Danish way of life at it existed on the islands from 1733 to 1917.

Turquoise waters and underwater coral gardens make diving and snorkeling water activities popular on St. Thomas. This island is also home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie. Because St. Thomas is mainly mountainous, many roads around the island will offer terrific panoramic views.

St. John is the smallest of the Virgins – just 28 square miles in size – yet many say it is the loveliest island. Two-thirds of St. John is set aside as a U.S. National Park, and while secluded, St. John offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural resources and ecology of the islands.

Says Wikipedia of the U.S. territories, "tourism is the primary economic activity. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year, many of whom visit on cruise ships." However you arrive, don't miss a chance to visit the three Virgins.

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djlametzger Jan. 19, 2012 @ 7:38 a.m.

Dear Gail Powell, I see where you were going with this article...great, BUT please do your homework. Use stock footage of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The picture used in this article is NOT the Virgin Islands. referenced wikipedia. It would tell you that St. John is 19.61 square miles not 28 square miles.


Gail Powell Jan. 21, 2012 @ 9:52 a.m.

djlametzger is correct. I accidentally included a pic of the Azores with this story instead of the St. Thomas pic I intended to send. Somehow my hotmail was not loading the pics from my file. The shockwave plug-in kept crashing. I also stand corrected about the size of St. John. My bad. Still I must say that the American Virgins are a divine place to visit! Thank you for your understanding.


Rainforester Jan. 24, 2012 @ 10:11 a.m.

On our recent trip to St. John, we found that Explore St. John, a new travel app to St. John, really helped us get around in a revolutionary sort of way. The app also has links to hundreds of videos and relevant websites.


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