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Traveling to the Virgin Islands

When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As an American territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport for American citizens that are traveling from any part of the United States or its territories, which include Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, or Swains Islands, as long as a foreign place is not touched during the journey.

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Popular Locations in the USVI & BVI

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. It was formerly known as the Danish West Indies. Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago. The islands natural resources are sun, sand, sea, and surf.

The quality of beaches in the British Virgin Islands, even by Caribbean standards, is very high. Because of the large number of beaches, particularly on the north side of Tortola and the west side of Virgin Gorda, the beaches are generally not crowded (with the exception of Cane Garden Bay on Tortola, which is next to a densely populated area). It is not uncommon, even during tourist season, to be able to have a more remote beach largely or entirely to yourself for an afternoon.

  • Magen's Bay, St. Thomas

    The most famous feature, besides the shopping, on the island. Directly across on the northern side from Charlotte Amalie, a crescent shaped bay with a mile of white sand and several bars and small stores.

  • Trunk Bay, St. John

    National Geographic Society has labeled Trunk Bay as the most beautiful beach in the world. It is one of the most popular beaches on the island whose amenities include a snack bar, showers and restrooms, lifeguards, and, most famously, an underwater trail for snorkeling its coral reef.

  • North Shore St. John

    The north shore of St. John is famous for scuba diving and snorkeling and has miles of hiking trails through the tropical rainforest.

  • The Baths at Virgin Gorda

    The Baths is Virgin Gorda's most famous beach, due to its hidden caves and pools nestled amongst the giant granite boulders. A trail leads through the pools and caves of the boulder field to little Devil's Bay beach. Snorkeling is a popular activity.

  • Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit

    This 14 acre nature preserve is owned by the Foundation of the late philanthropist Lawrence Rockefeller. A tiny island off the southeast coast of Jost van Dyke, Sandy Cay boasts pristine white sand and ideal snorkeling.

  • Snorkeling in St. John

    The main features of the Virgin Islands National Park are the coral reefs and oceans. They almost completely surround the park. Some of the best snorkeling can be found at Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, and Trunk Bay.

  • Snorkeling at the Indians

    The Indians are also the second most popular dive site in the British Virgin Islands after the wreck of the RMS Rhone. The shallower side of the Indians are also a popular snorkelling site, as boats can anchor in the lee of Pelican Island.

  • White Bay, Jost van Dyke

    On Jost Van Dyke, southwestern White Bay is one of the best beaches to relax with a drink in hand. Convenient to Great Harbour, almost all the island's bars, and near to several beachside cottages and villas, White Bay is almost always jumping with activity.