Caribbean Tourism

US VIRGIN ISLANDS (USVI): WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING

Restaurants available: Continental. Chinese. French. Scandinavian. Steak houses. Mexican/Tex-Mex. Mediterranean. Thai. Vegetarian. Italian. Gratuity is 15% is most restaurants.


NIGHTLIFE

  • St. Croix: Jazz, disco, calypso/reggae, Latin and rock 'n roll nightclubs. Karaoke. Cultural entertainment: Steel pan music, limbo dancing, and street mini carnivals "Jump Up" and "Harbor Night".
  • St. John: Local bars offer live entertainment and satellite TVs that broadcast sporting events.
  • St. Thomas: Jazz, disco, calypso/reggae, Latin and rock 'n roll nightclubs. Karaoke. Cultural entertainment: Steel pan music, theatrical/musical arts.

SHOPPING

St. Croix
St.Croix, the largest island of the USVI, has a terrain much gentler than St.Thomas and St.John. The rolling fields have given the island a rich agricultural heritage and, as a result, the pace of life is more relaxed here than on St.Thomas.Cattle graze on the hillsides, goats scamper up the rocks, and fruit and vegetable gardens cover much of the island.

Fewer tourists are attracted to St.Croix than St. Thomas, which means its beaches and other attractions are less congested and better for undisturbed exploration. Scattered throughout the island are the remains of former vast plantations, the crumbling ruins now covered by purple blooms of the bougainvillea.

Historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted house many fine stores and restaurants. Shop hours are normally from 10-5. Monday through Saturday. Just east of Christiansted is the Gallow Bay Marketplace.

Although St.Croix does not receive enough precipitation to qualify as having a true rain forest, its northwestern section does have some rain forest- type vegetation such as giant kapok and mahogany trees; a vast variety of orchids and epiphytes live on these and other host trees.

In contrast to the lush vegetation of the rain forest, cactus and desert-type plants thrive on the arid eastern point of the island. Just north of St.Croix is Buck Island Reef National Monument. The island invites exploration on foot, while an underwater trail marks the beauty of the coral reef.

St. John

Mongoose Junction and Wharfside Village offer a variety of items from fine jewelry to batik fabric creations. Major hotels offer boutique shops.

St. Thomas

Main street offers a myriad of shopping from fine jewerly to designer clothing. For more shopping, stroll along Back Street, the Waterfront and walkways. Head out of town to other shopping centers such as Havensight Mall, Tutu Park Mall and American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook.

SIGHTSEEING

  • St. Croix: Old Danish Town of Christiansted and Frederiksted. Moist tropical rain forest; Heritage Trail, Aerial sightseeing charter, aircraft rentals; Safari tours, bike tours, hiking tours, Whim Plantation Great House Museum. Carl & Marie Lawaetz Family Museum at Little La Grange. St. Croix Leap, Oceanique semi submersible underwater excursion, St. Croix Aquarium, Cruzan Rum Factory tour, Safari Tours.
  • St. John: Cruz Bay National Park Visitor Center, Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum, Annaberg Plantation, Bordeaux Mountain.
  • St. Thomas: Fort Christian, Emancipation Park, Legislature Building and Government House, Frederick Lutheran Church, Seven Arches Museum, Blackbeard's Castle, Market Square, Tillet Gardens, Magens Bay & Drake's Seat, "World Famous" Mountain Top, Estate St. Peter Great House & Botanical Gardens, Atlantis Submarine, Coral World, Paradise Point Tramway, V.I. Kayak ECO Tours.

SPORTS

St. Croix:

  • World-renowned Robert Trent Jones 18-hole championship golf course.
  • Tennis.
  • Croquet.
  • Biking.
  • Hiking.
  • Horseback riding.
  • Spectator Horse Racing.
  • Day Spas and Health Clubs.
  • Sailing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving.
  • Parasailing.
  • Sport Fishing:
  • Water sports - jet ski/wind surf/sun fish rentals.
  • Bowling.
  • Beach volleyball.

Spectator sports:

  • Public softball and baesball parks.
  • Cricket.
  • Soccer.
  • Aircraft rentals.
  • Crew charters.

St. John:

  • Tennis.
  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving.
  • Kayaking.
  • Hiking.
  • Sailing.

St. Thomas:

  • Tennis.
  • World-renowned Robert Trent Jones 18-hole championship golf course.
  • Trail rides.
  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving.
  • Crew Charters.
  • Over night charters.
  • Sport fishing.
  • Water sports - jet ski/wind surf/sun fish rentals.
  • Parasailing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Spectactor Horse Racing

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • September 13 & 27: Harbor Night.
  • October 1: Sir Francis Drake Yacht Race.
  • October 8-9: Columbus Day Regatta.
  • October 11 & 25: Harbor Night.
  • November 1: D. Hamilton Jackson Day.
  • November 8 & 22: Harbor Night.
  • November 12: Grand Prix Yacht Race.
  • November 24: An Elegant Evening in the Courtyard.
  • December 6 & 20: Harbor Night.
  • December 16: St. John All-Island Face Dress Christmas Party. TBD: Crucian Christmas Festival.

TRANSPORTATION

Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Rentals available include: Cars. Jeeps. Motorcycles. Temporary license/permit requirements: A valid foreign license is good for 90 days. Local services include: government transportation (scheduled service) - "Vitran"; local taxi service; *daily inter-island air service (St. Croix - St. Thomas); daily ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John and between St. Thomas and British Virgin Islands. *There is no air service to St. John.


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