USVI Yacht Charter: St Thomas, St Croix and St John
The Virgin Islands of the United States (American Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands or USVI) are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. They consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas along with many surrounding minor islands. Tourism is the primary economic activity and there is also a rum manufacturing sector. The USVI are known for their white sand beaches and most of the islands, including Saint Thomas, are volcanic in origin and are hilly. Most U.S. Virgin Islanders descend from Africans, who were brought to the Caribbean by Europeans to work as slaves on sugar plantations. Christianity is the dominant religion in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Protestantism is most prevalent, reflecting the territory’s Danish colonial heritage.
Capital : Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas
Population : 106,000
Official Language : English, although an English-based creole is also spoken
Currency : United States dollar (USD)
Area : 346 km2
USVI Yacht Charter “Must Do”
The USVI offers mega-resort style vacations along with hiking, swimming, snorkelling and eco-tourism. In addition to breathtaking views and gorgeous beaches, the USVI offer numerous attractions to give insight into local culture, sea life and history. Magens Bay Beach is a must-see and noted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by both National Geographic and Conde Nast. Besides swimming and sunbathing, Magens Bay Beach has a nice bar and restaurant and also offers hiking the nature trail, kayaking and paddle boat rentals. It is recommended to view the distillation process at the Cruzan rum distillery on St. Croix and sample the favourite local drink. On St. Thomas, Coral World Ocean Park offers an underwater observation room where visitors can see turtles, fish and sharks up close. The most popular pastime on St. John is hiking the jungle trails to and from the famous beaches. The Atlantis Submarine and Harbor Cruise is a unique experience when you step aboard and take a ride on one of the world’s first recreational submarines. The Atlantis submarine will transport you to ocean depths not visible from the surface to view sea turtles, yellowtail snapper, blue chromis, rock beauties and other exotic sea life. A scenic harbour tour of Charlotte Amalie precedes the dive. The focal point of Coral World Marine Park is a three-storey observation tower located 100 feet offshore in the middle of a living coral reef, reached only via a foot bridge. An underwater observatory offers a 360-degree, glass enclosed viewing area to see an active coral reef with its exotic sea life. The top level provides panoramic views of the surrounding islands.
USVI Yacht Charter Tourist Information
USVI Yacht Charter Visa
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens. The USVI is part of the United States and foreign visitors must first obtain a visa except countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. Click for more info: travel.state.gov
Your nearest US Embassy: https://www.usembassy.gov/
US Virgin Islands (USVI) Health and Safety Advice
US Virgin Islands (USVI) Airports
Cyril E. King Airport (STT) Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) Christiansted, St. Croix
St John can only be reached via ferry.
US Virgin Islands (USVI) Recommended Restaurants
Old Stone Farmhouse (North Side)
Duffy’s Love Shack
The Pie Whole (Frenchtown)
Caribbean Fish Market (East End)
Amalia Cafe (Charlotte Amalie)
Pesce (East End)
US Virgin Islands (USVI) Weather
There is plenty of sunshine in the USVI so tourists tend to visit in the winter to escape the cold. The peak tourist season in the USVI is from December to March as with other Caribbean islands, and hotel and resort rates can rise by as much as 50 percent. The tourist season slows during the months April to June and hotel rates drop. Average temperatures range from 22°C to 32°C with very little rainfall. Late June to October is hurricane season and you can expect plenty of rain. If you’re planning a vacation in hurricane season, please keep up to date with the weather conditions. Royalty Yachts recommend trip-cancellation insurance because of the possibility of hurricanes.