Best U.S. Virgin Islands Attractions

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    10. Mahogany Run Golf Course

    Mahogany Run, the one and only golf course on St. Thomas, offers challenging and varied terrain for both novices and pros. Set into a coastal valley, the par-70, 18-hole course designed by Tom Fazio has hosted celebs...

    Photo courtesy of Don Hebert
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    9. Cruzan Rum Distillery

    Know the difference between white rum and golden rum? You will after a tour of this distillery, which has been run by the same family for seven generations. Rum is the national drink of the Virgin Islands, and it is...

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    8. Annaberg Plantation

    This Danish Colonial plantation was built in 1721 and produced sugar, rum and molasses. Today it's a museum where you can learn about all phases of plantation life and sugar production. You can tour the old slave...

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    7. Coral World Ocean Park

    This small but exciting aquarium next to Coki Beach is arguably St. Thomas's most popular man-made tourist attraction. It boasts a giant circular undersea observation "tower" with more than 20 viewing stations, where...

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    5. Virgin Islands National Park

    The Virgin Islands National Park is St John's largest and most popular attraction. It covers 3/5 of St John's landmass and includes 12,624 land and marine acres that encompass pristine beaches, coral reefs, hiking...

    Photo courtesy of Dr. Caroline Rogers
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    2. Trunk Bay Beach

    Trunk Bay is sort of the Holy Grail of St. John beaches, offering a wide expanse of pristine white sand and azure water marked by a small offshore cay. The gentle surf and reefs around the island make it a great spot...

    Photo courtesy of Karen Elowitt
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    1. Magens Bay

    St Thomas's most popular beach is considered one of the world's finest, for good reason. The calm turquoise water, huge expanse of palm-shaded white sand, and excellent amenities make it an all-around perfect spot...

    Photo courtesy of Karen Elowitt

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About U.S. Virgin Islands Attractions

There is much more to the Virgin Islands than just beautiful beaches and duty-free shopping. The colonial-era cities of Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay and Christiansted offer historical landmarks, hidden alleyways, and museums and galleries. Out in the countryside there are numerous lookout points from which to photograph the spectacular panoramas, plus aquariums, golf courses, distilleries and hiking trails. Outdoorsy types can explore the mangroves by kayak, see sea turtles on Buck Island, or take a bicycle tour on Water Island. And of course there are literally hundreds of boat charter companies that can take you snorkeling, fishing, diving -- or just partying -- on the azure waters of the Caribbean. Whether you're on island for a day or a week, seeing the sights is just a matter of hopping on a tour or excursion, renting a car, or just following your nose. The islands are safe and easy to navigate, and begging to be explored.

About Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now edits a website about African travel. Over the last two decades Karen has visited 129 cities in 30 countries and lived in the UK and South Africa. Highlights of...  Read more »

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