With reggae tunes in your ears and a mango beer in your hand, it's hard not to feel like you're in calypso paradise on your U.S. Virgin Islands vacation. And enjoying this slice of Caribbean heaven doesn't have to cost a fortune. From the environmental nirvana of St. John and the resort-laden bustle of St. Thomas to the secluded and heritage-rich St. Croix, there is an endless array of beauty to behold minus the heavy price tag.
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Charlotte Amalie is nightlife central, with plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy. But St. Thomas also has plenty more no-spend delights, including trekking through the island's mountainous interior. And if the Caribbean's murky, dangerous past appeals to you, Blackbeard's Castle – said to be home to the infamous pirate – is a must on your U.S. Virgin Islands travels.
Famous for its beaches, including Salt Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay, St. John also boasts a nice shot of history. Annaberg Plantation offers hands-on insight into the later, with everything from basket-weaving to bread-making activities. Fancy more modern pursuits? Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay is a shopaholic's nirvana.
Though one of the less-frequented bays on St John, Caneel Bay is considered one of the island's most gorgeous. If you're up for an adventure, try the 30-minute swim out to Honeymoon Beach, where you will discover one of the U.S. Virgin Islands' most secluded gems. Laze away the afternoon in the azure waters and feel like the whole island is yours.
The largest of the islands boasts Caribbean beauty mixed with a strong European historical influence. From tranquil Sandy Point (perfect for relaxing on the beach or spotting leatherback sea turtles) to the Estate Whim Plantation Museum where you'll find everything from sugarcane plantation to candlelit concerts, St. Croix has everything you could want from a U.S. Virgin Islands vacation.
Take your inner Jacques Cousteau to view everything from seahorses to sharks from this underwater observatory. Or get really up close and personal by swimming with the sea lions. All-day entry costs a reasonable $19 for adults and just $10 for children.
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