Our Advice on Where to Stay in the US Virgin Islands
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Our Advice on Where to Stay in the US Virgin IslandsPosted on June 23. 2014
While the three main U.S. Virgin Islands are fairly close to each other in proximity, they can be a bit distant from each other in both atmosphere and accommodation. So which spot in the U.S. Virgin Islands is right for you? Well, here is our guide on where to stay in the US Virgin Islands to help you find out.
St. Thomas is a natural place to start our guide as it is the most developed and commercialized of the U.S. Virgin islands and is likely to be the place you arrive first on your trip if you arrive via airplane. Home to the capital city Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas can feel like both a bustling Caribbean island overflowing with excitement or a slightly-too-crowded-for-comfort city, it all just depends on your perspective and what you are looking for on your vacation.
For those looking to be in the center of it all, St. Thomas is the right choice as it is loaded with restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions to keep you busy day and night, especially in Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is also a certified duty-free shopping Mecca, regarded as having the absolute best duty free shopping in the entire Caribbean, and those looking to spruce up their collections will be kept busy for days here.
The capital is packed with luxurious hotels and resorts and budget options that are all just steps away from both the city life and popular beaches. You can find more laid back retreats a little further afoot from Charlotte Amalie, and that is part of St. Thomas’ appeal, it truly does have it all.
While St. Thomas is the natural choice to talk about first, the sparsely populated St. John is the “nature” choice. With over 60% of the island being covered by U.S. Virgin Islands National Park, the island is a haven for hikers, nature lovers and secluded-bay-seekers. St. John’s accommodation is more on the rustic side than in St. Thomas, with luxury accommodation being far outnumbered by family-run bed and breakfasts, Eco-resorts and campgrounds.
St. John is the island for you if you like having your feet in the sand and don’t mind some of that sand getting tracked back to your room with you. There is first class dining and nightlife to be had on the island, but most people tend to do their own cooking or eat at a roadside food shack serving up Caribbean specialties.
Even though it is technically located due south of both St. Thomas and St. John, St. Croix is somewhere between the two as far as atmosphere and accommodation. You will find the developed infrastructure and sophisticated resorts, dining and duty-free shopping of St. Thomas here right alongside the hidden oases more reminiscent of St. John.
St. Croix’s colonial Danish heritage adds a unique flair to the island’s largest towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted and the offshore wonder of Buck Island Reef National Park keeps divers coming to St. Croix year after year. St. Croix’s economy isn’t solely based on tourism as much as St. John and St. Thomas are, so that breeds an independent streak on the island. St. Croix is for those who want the best of both worlds and aren’t afraid to search a little bit to find it.
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