The US Virgin Islands comprise 50 islands the main being St Thomas , St John and St Croix. The latter is the largest is also the most diverse. Characterful buildings and shops line the streets of Christiansted and Frederiksted, and there are the gorgeous beaches and waters backed against rolling hills.
When it comes to picking an island you might find it difficult to decide. St Thomas has better nightlife shopping and has more resorts. St John is a nature lovers paradise and St Croix the biggest has a mixture of the two. Perhaps the better diving is to be found in St Croix. Here is what PADI have to say.
Sitting pretty in the Caribbean, about 60 kilometres/40 miles east of Puerto Rico, you’ll find the US Virgin Islands. If ever a tropical island chain had something for everyone, this is it. There are three main islands, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, all with with unique personalities. St. Thomas is the lively island boasting large resorts, lots of shopping and, with more than a few watering holes, lively nightlife. St. John is all about nature and eco-tourism with forest-covered hills and has beautiful shallow coral gardens to explore. St. Croix, the “Big Island,” has a small-town vibe and more than 200 historical sites. It features incredible walls, wrecks and reefs. All islands feature soft, white sand beaches and warm turquoise water. The diversity of the USVI means that divers are sure to find the island that fits their vacation dreams and diving desires.
There is an 850 acre reef park here to maintain the quality of scuba diving. St John is known for its beaches and it too has a protected marine reserve. It is also mostly protected national park. St Thomas is more lively and has a duty free shopping. There is a wide range of accomodation options. All activities and sports are catered for including tennis golf horseback riding.
Size :133 square miles
Main City :Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas
Currency : USD
Diving : The USVI's have something for everyone. Highlights include Cane Bay Reef, Davis Bay and Salt River Bay's steep walls. Among the wrecks the pick is 300ft WIT Shoals, sunk as an artificial reef off the southwest of St Thomas. St Croix's best diving is on the North side. Between St Thomas and St John Pillsbury Sound has some good wrecks.
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Here is a nice little video to help you get a feel for the USVI. It is a tour from St Johns to St Thomas with the main objective to see Blackbeards Castle. This was a real pirate more from Caribbean Days
"The most amazing historic legacy you can tour in St. Thomas is Blackbeard's Castle. Blackbeard was not a myth, he was a legend. His castle is an historic landmark in St. Thomas and you will hear fascinating stories on this tour.
The site was originally known as Skytsborg Tower and was a base for the Danish military back in the 1600s. It came under the control of Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard by the 1800s and was renamed Blackbeard's Castle."