US Virgin Islands

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About US Virgin Islands

People regularly note how few Americans have passports, but it's easier to understand when you hear that they can travel to the perfect, white-sandy topical island beauties of the US Virgin Islands without one. But this isn't the States but with better weather, the culture is West Indian, and it beats to a reggae backing track. The three islands in the group differ greatly from each other, ranging from cruise-ship mecca to camping-ground fringed national park, so the best places to stay in the US Virgin Islands are a very mixed bag as well.

Where to stay

St. Thomas is the main island in the group. It's been a trading port for centuries - first a favourite of pirates and now the cruise ship crowds. St. Thomas' shopping benefits from the extra visitors, and the main town, Charlotte Amalie, is quite famous for its boutiques. The extra visitors also increase the choice when it comes to bars and restaurants, and there are lots of a high standard. St. Thomas also has a number of exceptional beaches. This is where you'll find a lot of the large hotels, but its also got some lovely, small, independent inns.

St. John isn't physically far from St. Thomas, but it couldn't be more different. Most of the island is untouched forest and national park, and only the fringes - read the beaches - are developed. Visitors arrive by ferry from St. Thomas and stay in beachside campsites, large, but quiet, hotels or condos, in, or just outside St. John's two small towns.

St. Croix is 40 miles south, a larger, flatter, and even less developed island, with just two very pretty towns - Christiansted and Fredriksted - one at either end of the island. St. Croix has mainly smaller resorts and almost all of its best beaches now come complete with a hotel and the towns have quite a few charming independent hotels.

The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in the US Virgin Islands features properties on each of the islands from comfortable B&Bs to luxury resort hotels featuring every facility you can think of.

What Not To Miss

  • Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden is a lovely place to spend a few hours wandering around. Ideal for nature-lovers.
  • There are, of course, plenty of terrific beaches. That said, there are some we recommend in particular: Scott Bay Beach, Hansen Bay Beach and Maho Beach.
  • Head off scuba-diving or snorkelling around Buck Island Reef National Monument - an experience you'll be sure to remember.
  • If you're here with family then the kids will love spending a day at the Coral World Ocean Park.

The best places to stay on the US Virgin Islands

For St. Thomas

  • The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas, is a large, top of the range, five-star tropical estate for travellers looking for nothing but the best. 155 rooms share four gourmet restaurants, a large spa and health club, tennis courts, private yachts and a private beach.
  • Pavilions & Pools, St. Thomas, is a collection of 25 villas, in a private tropical setting. Each villa has its own BBQ area, pool, terrace, kitchen and living area and all the mod. cons. a modern family needs. The hotel has its own restaurant, but there are also plenty nearby.
  • Paradise Cove has a variety of pleasant accommodation including: condos, cottages, cabanas and suites. Enjoy a relaxing massage after spending the day by the pool or on the beach.
  • Bolongo Bay is a picturesque beach resort overlooking a beautiful bay. The accommodation is simple and comfortable and they've great watersports facilities, three restaurants, tennis courts, a pool and they also run sailing lessons. The two bedroom condos comfortably sleep four.
  • Galleon House is an unfussy stay offering comfortable rooms from just $75 per night. What's more, it boasts gorgeous views of St Thomas and its harbour. A lovely all-round stay.
  • Bunker Hill Hotel features charming accommodation, a decent Caribbean restaurant, an outdoor pool and is just a short walk away from the beach. What more do you want?

For St. John

  • The Concordia Eco Resort is a collection of condos, tents and studio apartments set on a green hillside, overlooking a beautiful bay. Each room has its own kitchen, but there's also a rustic restaurant and the vibe is laid-back and friendly.
  • The Gallows Point Resort on St John has an enviable location, nestled into a rocky bay, with panoramic views of the bright blue seas around this national park island. The accommodation is generously sized and luxurious, and the facilities very comfortable. There are plenty of sun decks on which to enjoy a cocktail in the evenings, before things get a little fun.
  • Caneel Bay is a luxurious hotel on a beautiful, remote bay on St John. Everything is done to make the most of the postcard-perfect sea views, and there are large balconies and big windows. This is a larger resort, so you also have a choice of five restaurants, and plenty of options when it comes to facilities too.
  • Estate Lindholm is a charming B&B nestled on a hillside looking towards Cruz Bay. The accommodation is attractive and smart, whilst they also feature balconies with top-notch views.
  • Also right by the beach, Garden by the Sea B&B has just three, romantically styled rooms in a secluded spot. Peaceful, private and unfussy. Rooms start from just $125 per night.
  • The St John Inn is a colourful, ten-room, beachfront guesthouse with all mod. cons. plus hammocks for appreciating the very best of the sea views. As well as easy access to the beach, you also have easy access to tennis courts and a golf course.

For St. Croix

  • The Tamarind Reef Resort near Christiansted is a charming hotel with its own private beach, landscaped gardens and two excellent restaurants.
  • The Buccaneer is a larger, four-star hotel/resort right on the beach, offering a choice of rooms, suites and cottages, with elegant decor. The top of the range spa and golf course mean it's a great place to be whatever the season.
  • Carringtons Inn, on St. Croix, is an intimate B&B with just four attractively furnished, pastel-coloured rooms, and a lovely pool and courtyard. You're in a quiet spot on a hilltop, with excellent views, but you're still just a short stroll to the beach, or the casino.
  • Sandcastle on the Beach in Fredriksted, has 21 rooms - with private balconies and some lovely sea views, just a short stroll from the beach. Even though there are only a small number of rooms, this mini-resort still has two pools, and plenty of palm trees and hammocks.
  • Chenay Bay Beach Resort boasts single-story cottages which are equipped with a kitchen, sea views and balconies. Enjoy the wonderful view from the infinity pool and play a spot of tennis on the courts. Great for families.

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Travel Information

  • There's never really a bad time weather-wise to visit the US Virgin Islands - the average temperature hovers between 28-32°C throughout the year.
  • The best time to visit is probably from April to June, when there's little rainfall and it's not as busy as it is between December and April.
  • You can fly into either St.Croix's Henry E. Rohlson Airport or St. Thomas's Cyril E. King Airport.
  • If you'd like the freedom of having a car with you then browse through the options with Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in US Virgin Islands

  • Galleon House St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 14 rooms from £60

    A comfortable yet great value B&B situated on Government Hill, boasting stunning views both of the town and harbour. Simple rooms, some with two double beds, restaurant with a verandah, bar, and a fresh water pool and sun deck for cooling off in. Near all the town's attractions.

    Views  -  Stunning views out to sea and over rooftops.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Federick Lutheran Church, Virgin Islands Legislature Building, and Emancipation Garden.
    Swimming Pool  -  Fresh water pool and sun deck.
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  • Bunker Hill Hotel St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 15 rooms from £77

    A very pleasant hotel set in Charlotte Amelie's historic district, with sea views and stunning vistas over rooftops below. Charming rooms have attractive furnishings and comfortable beds. Excellent Caribbean restaurant with a terrace, indoor and outdoor pool, and easy access to the beach.

    Views  -  Stunning seaviews from balconies.
    Sights nearby  -  Haagensen House, Emancipation Garden, and Blackbeard's Castle.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Paradise Cove St Thomas, US Virgin Islands from £105

    A collection of condos, cottages, cabanas, and suites within walking distance of Secret Harbour. Each accommodation has its own kitchen, living area, charming bedrooms, and sea views. Pool, massages, and easy access to beaches and the nearest town. An ideal spot for a family holiday.

    Families  -  Cottages sleep up to 6 and each have their own kitchenettes and living areas.
    Views  -  Fabulous views over Nazareth Bay
    Sights nearby  -  A few minutes away from Red Hook (town) featuring 19 restaurants and bars, plus many specialty stores.
    Great walks  -  A nature trail leads down to the beach
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  • Carringtons Inn Christiansted, US Virgin Islands 4 rooms from £86

    A really charming little Inn with B&B rooms and a two-bedroom condo (rental on a weekly basis). Pastel coloured cosy rooms with attractive furnishings and private balconies. Lovely pool and courtyard area. Lots to explore from the beach to the casino to small surrounding islands.

    Views  -  Its hilltop location ensures stunning views over the surrounding area and out to sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Holy Cross Catholic Church, Fort Christiansvaern, and St. Croix Government House.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Sandcastle on the Beach Frederiksted,, US Virgin Islands 21 rooms from £116

    A charming collection of rooms with private balconies just a short walk from the beach. Each room has all the mod cons, plus there are two swimming pools, hammocks swinging between palm trees, international cuisine and sea views. An ideal spot for pure beach life, and good value too.

    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  St Paul's Episcopal Anglican Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and Frederiksted Pier.
    On the beach  -  The hotel provides beach umbrellas, towels, and deck chairs.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two pools.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Chenay Bay Beach Resort Christiansted, St. Croix 29 rooms from £116

    A beachfront hotel with single storey stone cottages. Each suite is fully equipped with a kitchen, balcony, all the mod cons, and sea views. Large infinity pool, tennis court, snorkelling equipment, beach chairs, and restaurant. Plenty of activities for a perfect family holiday.

    Families  -  Lots of activities; tennis, kayaking, snorkelling, golf and appropriate accommodation.
    Value chic
    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity pool.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • St John Inn St John, US Virgin Islands 10 rooms from £117

    A colourful beach front guesthouse with rainbow rooms and excellent prices. Bright accommodations have all the mod cons and balconies with hammocks. Lovely breakfast and bar area with sea views. Tennis court on site, easy access to golf and beach activities. Ideal for families.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Garden by the Sea B&B St John, US Virgin Islands 3 rooms from £125

    A beach chic B&B with romantic suites in colourful pastels. Four poster beds with attractive muslin drapes, verandahs with dreamy sea views onto white sands, all in a secluded location. Perfect for a romantic beach holiday with a book, lots of sun, and simple accommodation.

    Views  -  Beautiful views from verandahs out to sea.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
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  • Pavilions & Pools St Thomas, US Virgin Islands from £156

    A collection of 25 villas nestled in a private tropical setting. Each has its own BBQ area, pool, terrace, kitchen and living area. All the mod cons including DVD players and sound systems. The hotel has a separate restaurant too for when you don't feel like cooking. An ideal spot for families.

    Families  -  Each villa is ideal for a family with its BBQ, pool, kitchen, living areas and terraces.
    Sights nearby  -  American Yacht Harbor and Coral World Ocean Park.
    Swimming Pool  -  All villas have their own private outdoor pools.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Tamarind Reef Resort Christiansted, US Virgin Islands 39 rooms from £156

    A charming hotel on a private beach with fantastic facilities. Huge pool, gym, beauty salon, gardens, two excellent restaurants, beach cabanas and a tennis court. Rooms and suites in attractive pastel colours with private balconies and all the mod cons. An all round hotel.

    Beach Life  -  Beach cabanas and a short walk onto the beach.
    Views  -  Stunning beach views.
    Sailing  -  Marina with 154 slips for sailing and motor yachts + charters trips to Buck Island, sunset cruises, fishing and diving
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea with views to Green Cay island and Buck Island.
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  • Bolongo Bay St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 71 rooms from £172

    A fantastic beach resort set in a picturesque bay, ideal for families and avid beach goers who enjoy lots of summer sports. Simple comfortable rooms and suites, some sleep 4, all have balconies. Three restaurants, gourmet and beachy, tennis courts, pool, sailing.

    Foodies  -  Excellent restuarants offering a variety from Caribbean cuisine, seafood, and buffet dinners.
    Families  -  Condos have two bedrooms sleeping 4.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
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  • Estate Lindholm St John, US Virgin Islands 14 rooms from £176

    An intimate B&B set amongst the Danish ruins of the estate's original settlers. Stunning views out to sea and towards Cruz Bay. Set on a hillside, back from the beach and walking distance to restaurants and nightlife. Large rooms with balconies and attractive furnishings. Excellently placed.

    Views  -  Fabulous sea views from every room.
    Swimming Pool  -  Fresh water pool and decking area with views out to sea.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
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  • The Buccaneer St Croix, US Virgin Islands 138 rooms from £222

    An all round Four Star property with its own golf course, ocean views, yoga centre, top of the range spa, restaurants, and immediate access to the beach. Chic rooms, suites, and cottages are elegant with sophisticated furnishings. Ideal for beach enthusiasts, golf lovers, families, and spa goers.

    Views  -  Stunning ocean views from suites and terraces.
    Golf  -  The hotel has its own golf course.
    Active Holiday  -  Golfing and watersports galore.
    Spa breaks  -  Top of the range spa.
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  • Gallows Point Resort St John, US Virgin Islands 60 rooms from £230

    A stunning setting for a luxurious beach hotel. Large rooms and suites with kitchenettes, balconies, and sea views are nestled into the bay. Wonderful pool and sun deck area, sea views from the verandah of the American restaurant, and a lively bar to enjoy a cocktail from in the evenings.

    Views  -  Panoramic island views
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life
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  • Ritz Carlton, US Virgin Islands St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 155 rooms from £327

    A top of the range Five Star tropical estate for luxury travellers. Stunning suites in contemporary classic style, four gourmet restaurants, spa and health club, tennis, private beach and hotel yachts to charter. Expect nothing less than the best for a romantic beach holiday.

    Foodies  -  Four distinctive dining experiences include Bleuwater, Great Bay Lounge, Coconut Cove and Sails.
    Garden  -  A 30 acre tropical estate.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Caneel Bay St John, US Virgin Islands 166 rooms from £413

    A luxury hotel set on a beautiful remote bay. Large attractive rooms and suites have DVD players, balconies, and sea views. Five restaurants, health club and beauty treatments, tennis courts, candle lit dinners on the beach. Luxurious, romantic, relaxing.

    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Kids Club  -  Turtle Town is free for all children aged 3-11 and offers a wide range of supervised activities.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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