A feast for the eyes: Paradise Point is the place for visitors to enjoy the breeze and tropical drink to satisfy the senses.
A feast for the eyes: Paradise Point is the place for visitors to enjoy the breeze and tropical drink to satisfy the senses.

Everyone has their favorite area of the globe to travel to. The summer season is almost over, and fall is soon to begin. Soon after, it’s “Hello winter!” again. When the horrific weather hits home, and everyone begins disliking being locked up indoors, all that comes to mind is that one place they all wish they were. That one place many wish they were is the Caribbean. The Caribbean’s such a vast area of ocean. There is no better part of the Caribbean to explore than the U.S. Virgin Islands. Whether flying or cruising, the U.S. Virgin Islands is where millions of people flock to every fall and winter. If anyone’s started packing their bags, well, they can keep packing. This presentation is going to be a good one.

Peaceful and colorful, St. Croix's north shore is sure to capture the imagination at a moment's notice.
Peaceful and colorful, St. Croix’s north shore is sure to capture the imagination at a moment’s notice.

The U.S. Virgin Islands were settled in the late 1600’s. St. Thomas was settled by the Danish in 1672, and then on St. John in 1694. St. Croix, the largest of the three islands, was purchased from France in 1733. Soon after, the three islands became royal Danish colonies. The United States took control of the three islands on March 31, 1917. In 1927, the United States granted the residents of St. Thomas, St. Croix. and St. John United States citizenship.

Colorful, but tranquil, St. John's Cruz Bay welcomes adventurous travelers from all over the world.
Colorful, but tranquil, St. John’s Cruz Bay welcomes adventurous travelers from all over the world.

 

The U.S. Virgin Islands is the most gorgeous island territory the United States has to offer. There is simply no better place to spend a day off a cruise ship, or a week away from  ordinary life. St. Thomas is known as Rock City, St. Croix is known as Twin City, and St. John is referred to as Love City. Each of the three islands has something unique and special to share with visitors. Whether it is crystal blue waters, snorkeling with tropical fish, duty-free shopping, friendly locals, or those quiet moments on the beach, visitors from all over the world enjoy the endless hours of tranquility. St. Thomas has plenty of shopping in Havensight, downtown Charlotte Amalie, and in nearby Crown Bay. St. Croix features plenty of shopping choices in downtown Christiansted, along with snorkeling at Buck Island National Park. Buck Island was named a national park by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. St. John features plenty of tranquil beaches, along with dozens of shopping opportunities in Cruz Bay. It is easy to see, and clearly proven that the U.S. Virgin Islands have it all.

During any visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the famous Mocojumbi dancers are always putting on their show.
During any visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the famous Mocojumbi dancers are always putting on their show.

The Caribbean is without a doubt a vibrant and exciting region of the world to visit. The U.S. Virgin Islands makes the Caribbean all the more vibrant, far more exciting, and certainly all the more colorful. Who said that “it is better in the Bahamas”? Who said that there are “no problems” in Jamaica?  Who said that Aruba is “one happy island”? There are three islands that are far happier and share three times more energy than any Caribbean destination. The U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John are the Caribbean trio to experience. “The U.S. Virgin Islands: Paradise in three-fold”, will make its debut in late August 2016.

About Author

David Kriso has been a travel writer since August 2011. He is a contributing writer for both of his hometown's newspapers, The Gazette, and The Observer. His articles focus on cruise and railroad travel. David is also published online at ProwsEdge.com, a cruise magazine based in Vancouver, Canada and at Amtrak's story site, Whistlestop.Amtrak.com. David also writes for the publication Examiner.com. On Examiner.com, he writes about cruise and rail travel. David is a long-time train traveler, avid cruiser, and a Disney traveler since age 4.

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