Beaches and watersports rank high on list of attractions in the Virgin Islands, and rightly so. The beaches are some of the best in the world, and the snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and paddleboarding in places like Magens Bay, Trunk Bay and Buck Island are second-to-none.
But there's more to the Virgin Islands than beaches and watersports. Many of the other top attractions in the Virgin Islands highlight the territory's historical heritage, such as Annaberg Plantation on St. John, or the St. George Village Botanical Gardens in St. Croix. At Annaberg you can see how slaves lived on a sugar mill, and at the botanical gardens you can delve into the ways local plants were used for culinary and medicinal purposes through the centuries.
If you love adventure thrill rides, head over to Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline in St. Thomas, and feel the wind in your hair and marvel at the view of Magens Bay as you streak through the treetops. Less adventurous but equally view-worthy is the Mahogany Run Golf Course, where the Devil's Triangle has foiled many a player for decades.
To get in touch with nature, explore the dozens of trails which criss-cross the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John. They are perfect for hikers, birdwatchers and even amateur archaeologists – there are prehistoric petroglyphs on some of the trails. Or learn about marine life at Coral World on St. Thomas, where an underwater observatory, stingray-feeding session, a shark tank, and a submersible ride are popular with the younger set.
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