St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John are the largest islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and you could easily spend a wonderful boating holiday on each island in successive years and enjoy completely different experiences—except that you’d have to put up with 80-degree water and white sand beaches everywhere.

Direct flights arrive in St. Thomas or St. Croix, where you can book all manner of diving and other watersports tours and charters. This includes boats available from several crewed and bareboat yacht charter companies, which allow you to set your own itinerary to visit the surrounding islands, including the British Virgin Islands. But don’t forget St. John; it’s a quick ferry ride from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook to Cruz Bay where a full week awaits you to hike, dive, and beach your way around an island that is largely preserved as a national park. Shoreside accommodations range from campgrounds to B&Bs to hotels.

Hans Lollik U.S. Virgin Islands

The Hans Lollik islands feature secluded beaches. Located on the north side of St. Thomas, these islands were volcanically formed, as were the larger Virgin Islands. Neil Rabinowitz photo



Spectacular St. John is justly famous for its beaches, snorkeling, and sailing. Sixty percent of the island is set aside as a U.S. national park. Neil Rabinowitz photo


Taken from the northwest side of St. John, this aerial shows Congo Cay and Lovango Cay in the foreground. Along the St. John's shoreline, Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, and Caneel Bay (left to right) are visible. Neil Rabinowitz photo

Tomorrow, we'll complete our holiday tour. In case you missed our earlier stops, we've already visited Puerto Rico, Cabo San Lucas, and the Florida Keys.