U.S. Virgin Islands

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Although the focus is usually on the sea (with many content to concentrate on their beach read), between touring and shopping, the U.S. Virgin Islands offer enough diversions to keep visitors busy.

Things to do in U.S. Virgin Islands

Camping on St. John

Campgrounds range from the seaside Cinnamon Bay Campground (our favorite) to the hillside Maho Bay Camps, both on the North Shore. Concordia Eco-tents is on the island’s southeast edge.

Cinnamon Bay Campground, St. John, Rte. 20, U.S. Virgin Islands, 340-776-6330, www.cinnamonbay.com
Tags: family | eco-friendly | things to do | outdoors | camping

Hiking St. John's hills

The island has 22 trails that take from 15 minutes to several hours to complete. Stop by the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay for a map.

National Park Visitors Center, St. John, Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands, 340-776-6201, www.nps.gov/viis
Tags: family | hiking | editor pick | things to do | outdoors

Sailing

With a captain at the helm and the crew serving drinks and lunch, a day sail to an offshore cay will hold the front page in your Virgin Islands memory book. This splurge is worth every penny.

Sandspur Charters, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 800-737-7311, www.sandspurcharters.com
Tags: family | sailing | editor pick | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors

Shopping

Spend at least a morning browsing the duty-free goods housed in old plantation-era warehouses. Many stores line Main Street and the Waterfront Highway, but others are tucked into the alleyways that connect the two.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Tags: shopping | things to do

Whim Plantation Museum

Get a glimpse of what plantation life was like for planters and their slaves at this museum’s "great house" and outbuildings.

Whim, St. Croix, Rte. 70, U.S. Virgin Islands, 340-773-0598, www.stcroixlandmarks.com
Tags: family | editor pick | things to do | museum

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