U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix form the core. They are vastly different from each other.
Although about 70 cays and rocks make up the U.S. Virgin Islands, most of the activity takes place on only three (See map): St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
In deciding where to vacation, take the time to study what each offers, or you could end up staying on the wrong island.
The busiest and most developed of the three main islands is St. Thomas. Its main city, Charlotte Amalie, is one of region's great shopping ports.
St. John, located just 4 miles east of St. Thomas, is a nature lover's retreat with hiking trails though the interior and along the beaches. Most of the island is a protected national park that can never be developed. Ferries make frequent trips between St. Thomas and St. John.
St. Croix (pronounced "St. Croy") is a distant neighbor located 40 miles south of St. Thomas. When sugar was king, St. Croix was the richest of the three. After the slaves were emancipated, the economy went into decline. St. Croix has never has been able to keep up with St. Thomas, which makes it almost as quiet as St. John.
The U.S. Virgin
Islands has been under many different flags, which is why driving is
still on the left. (See Virgin Islands
Between St. Thomas & St. John
Married in the USVIs