The United States Virgin Islands is part of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. The three principal islands – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas – are magnificent tropical environments, each distinguished by its own personality.
Coral World Marine Park & Observatory: Located on the northeast shore at Coki Point, Coral World is recognized as an internationally renowned tourist attraction. The 4.5-acre park consists of an underwater observatory tower, a tropical nature trail, a marine gardens aquarium, and an 80,000-gallon coral reef tank. For more information, call (340)775-1555 or visit www.coralworldvi.com.
Mahogany Run Golf Course: A par-70, 18-hole championship course designed by George and Tom Fazio, a highlight of the 6,022-yard course is the challenging Devil’s Triangle where the Caribbean poses perhaps the world’s ultimate water hazard. For more information, call (340) 777-6250 or visit www.mahoganyrungolf.com.
Paradise Tram: The St. Thomas Skyride to Paradise Point, a modern aerial cable car, offers the best sightseeing in the Virgin Islands. The trip is 7 minutes one-way and takes you 700 feet above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of cruise ships, picturesque Charlotte Amalie harbor, downtown and neighboring islands. For more information call (340)774-9809 or visitwww.paradisepointtramway.com.
Downtown Charlotte Amalie: The downtown area of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ capital city, Charlotte Amalie, is replete with merchants selling a dazzling selection of both the latest styles of jewelry and their own unique designs, fine fragrances, cosmetics, china, crystal, spirits and sportswear apparel.
Havensight Mall: With over 100 stores and businesses, Havensight Mall is St. Thomas’ most popular one-stop destination for shops, refreshments, entertainment, service and professional needs. For more information, call (340) 777-5313 or visit www.havensightmall.com.
Yacht Haven Grande: St. Thomas’ premier marina facility for mega-yachts within the Caribbean, Yacht Haven Grande encompasses a 48-slip mega-yacht marina with a variety of entertainment, restaurants and shops. For more information, visitwww.yachthavengrande.com.
Magens Bay: St. Thomas’s most popular beach, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic Magazine, this exquisite one-mile stretch is a public park and was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild. For more information, visit www.magensbayvi.com.
Sapphire Beach: The sapphire-blue waters here are great for snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. The beach is located on the east end at Sapphire Beach Resort. For more information, call (800) 874-7897 or visit www.antillesresorts.com.
Secret Harbour: Located on the quieter East End of St. Thomas, this beach is a great spot for snorkeling. For more information, call (340) 775-6550 or visit www.secretharbourvi.com.
U.S. citizens traveling to the United States Virgin Islands need only supply proof of citizenship (birth certificate with a raised seal) and a government-issued, valid form of identification to board flights and upon departure.
Only a government issued, valid ID is required for travel among the U.S. Virgin Islands. Traveling between each island for overnight or day trips can be done easily via ferry or plane.
The U.S. Virgin Islands’ duty free allowance is valued at $1,600 per person. Family members traveling together are entitled to a joint declaration, increasing the amount of their allowance. Gifts valued at $100 or less can be mailed (no more than one package per day), and do not need to be declared in the exemption. U.S. visitors may return with six bottles of liquor as long as one of the bottles was produced locally. Duty of 6 percent is charged for purchases totaling more than $1,600.
For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, call 800-372-USVI (8784) or go to VisitUSVI.com. When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel—including on-line check-in—making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens. Follow us on Twitter (@USVImockojumbie) and become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI).