The U.S. Virgin Islands also called “America’s Caribbean Paradise” — the place to see moko jumbies dance at a Carnival parade, hear the lilting patois of a Creole dialect or smell the spices in a saltfish pate (all without losing cell phone reception). You can visit either St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix, or better yet, spend a little time on all three islands. That way you’ll get plenty of pampering, undisturbed nature and colonial history jammed into one vacation. Here you can pay for everything with U.S. dollars.
The best time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands is April to June when you can expect mild weather and very little rainfall. In the U.S. Virgin Islands’s peak season, from December to March, the temperature ranges from the mid-70s to high 80s with breezy evenings. July to October is the region’s hurricane season with average temps in the upper 80s. For duty-free deals on high-end merchandise, exercise the plastic along Main Street in St. Thomas; for a walk through the past, tour Fort Christiansvaern or the Estate Whim Plantation Museum of St. Croix; for a taste of nature, try hiking, swimming or scuba diving in the Virgin Islands National Park of St. John.