U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is an American territory. Overseas territories are a part of the U.S., but they are not considered states. Congress has extended citizenship rights to residents of these territories.
Situated in the Leeward Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands are made up of St Thomas, St John, St Croix, and other smaller islands. Each island has its own distinctive qualities.
St. Croix is an ideal spot for people wanting to take it easy, enjoy the islandís culture, and forget about their worries. The Dutch inspired city of Frederiksted is a great place to shop for either small souvenirs or luxury goods. Buck Island is a great spot to explore the depths of the Caribbean Sea. Those wanting to learn more about the islandís history can tour a sugarcane plantation or visit Salt River, the location where Columbus entered the island. St Croix is also a great place to explore tropical forests, golf, boat, or ride horses along the beach.
More than 60 percent of this island consists of a national park. Numerous trails intersect through the park, so tourists can enjoy the wonders and beauty of the undeveloped Caribbean. It is also full of beaches surrounded by coral reef, making it one of the best locations for diving and snorkeling in the world. Those hiking to the top of one of the parkís plateaus can look upon the clear sea and surrounding cays.
Those making a trip to St. John should also stop by Cruz Bay. At Cruz Bay, tourists can dive in the glass clear water or charter a jeep to explore the rugged terrain. Stores and other modern amenities can also be found on Cruz Bay.
Charlotte Amalie, one of the Caribbeanís busiest ports for cruise ships, is located on St Thomas. Green hills are scattered across the island, serving as scenery behind colonial architecture. American tourists will not feel from home since a large shopping district has been built on St Thomas.Tourists will find quiet country villages and ostentatious luxury hotels on St Thomas. Those seeking to get away from the crowds can hike to the top of one of the many hills for an exquisite view of the Caribbean.