Cheap Flights to US Virgin Islands

Formerly known as the Danish West Indies, The U.S. Virgin Islands (also known as The Virgin Islands of the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Virgin Islands, or USVI) is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. Geographically, it is located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It forms the Virgin Islands archipelago with the British Virgin Islands to the northeast. It consists of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island and several other surrounding minor islands. Its strategically important location, which is along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal, is home to Saint Thomas, which has one of the best natural deep water harbors in the Caribbean. Its capital and largest city is Charlotte Amalie. Mostly persons of Afro-Caribbean descent comprise its 106,405 population (2010 census). The official language is English, but there is also a local dialect. Spanish and French Creole are also being spoken.

What to see & do

The tropical U.S. Virgin Islands is home to immaculate white sands and a delectable taste of West Indian culture. You can take a guided running or power-walking tour with Active Island Tours & Events, or catch a movie on the beach together with the residents of Water Islands, Virgin Islands. See beautiful works of art at D&D Studio Fine Art Gallery, or any of the galleries in the town of Christiansted in Saint Croix. The islands are duty-free and have all types of shops, with special emphasis on rums, tanzanite, and diamond and gold jewelry. Enjoy festivities in Saint Croix, which serves as home to a celebrated week-long culinary festival, the Saint Croix Food & Wine Experience, held every April. It includes wine seminars, dinners with celebrity chefs, and the main event called A Taste of Saint Croix, which showcases different kinds of food from more than 50 of the islands restaurants. If you’re up for fine dining, you can try Tutto Bene, Bacchus, Savant, and The Galleon, while Rumrunners is perfect for a more laidback, casual dining.

How to get around within Virgin Islands

It’s relatively easy to navigate around any of the Virgin Islands since all of the islands have bus service and/or a regulated taxi service. Cruz Bay has taxis, rental cars, and scooters readily available once you docked. Driving around is not only a great way to explore the islands at your own pace, but also largely due to the scenic and visual pleasure the island itself provides. Just remember that traffic on the Virgin Islands moves on the left and that most cars are left-hand drive. Be wary of large potholes, unmarked one-way streets, narrow two-ways streets, lack of lane striping, and a high incidence of drunk driving. You can also rent a taxi or take a bus to Charlotte Amalie, or to Red Hook, either of which have ferry service to Cruz Bay, Saint John once you landed at Cyril E. King Airport. You can also rent a sailboat at Red Hook.

How to get there

U.S. citizens enjoy the privilege of convenient and hassle-free domestic traveling (no passport required for U.S. citizens), which includes online check-in. Getting in via air transit are through Saint Croix or Saint Thomas via Henry E. Rohlsen Airport and Cyril E. King Airport, respectively. Although Saint John doesn’t have an airport, you can easily access it via Saint Thomas. Although there are plenty of flights that connect through San Juan, Puerto Rico, the preferable and faster option is to book a direct flight from the continental U.S., which are available at Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles, and Newark on United Airlines; Miami, Boston, and New York-JFK on American Airlines; Atlanta and Detroit on Delta Airlines; Charlotte, Philadelphia, and New York-La Guardia (weekly) on US Airways, and Ft. Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines. Meanwhile, direct flights to Saint Croix can be found from Miami on American Airlines; Atlanta (twice weekly) on Delta Air Lines; and Charlotte on US Airways (weekly, seasonal). Saint Croix can also be easily reached from Saint Thomas by flying via Cape Air or also by Seaborne Airlines (which flies seaplanes between Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas and Christiansted, Saint Croix). There are also ferries that ply around all three U.S. Virgin islands, as well as to and from the British Virgin Islands and, on a seasonal basis, Puerto Rico.

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