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Romantic Guide to the US Virgin Islands

United States Virgin Islands Activities and Attractions

When you have three Caribbean gems such as St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, the main attraction is going to be the amazing selection of beaches fringed with towering coconut palms. Here you can play all day in the sea or while away the hours relaxing under the sun. All three islands have tempting activities to lure couples away from canoodling on the beach.Charlotte Amalie, the harbor town and capital of St. Thomas, presents some of the most fantastic duty-free shopping in all the Caribbean. Your dollars will go far purchasing top brands of jewelry, perfume, linens, china, crystal and liquor. For less pricey items and souvenirs, browse the shops of Vendor's Plaza.

Sightseeing in Charlotte Amalie includes the St. Thomas Skyride to Paradise Point, where you'll enjoy awesome views; the trek up the 99 Steps; touring Fort Christian and experiencing Blackbeard's Castle.

One of the newest attractions in Charlotte Amalie is Magic Ice, where you can don winter clothing and tour a huge gallery full of sculptures crafted from crystal-clear Arctic ice from Norway. End the tour at an ice bar carved in the shape of a ship, where you and your honey can warm up with a shot of Caribbean rum.

If you find yourself on St. John, chances are you're a bona fide nature lover. A must-experience attraction is the island's Virgin Islands National Park, where you'll discover miles and miles of tropical forest, centuries-old sugar plantation ruins, picture-perfect beaches, and ancient petroglyphs. One of the park's most celebrated spots is Trunk Bay's National Park Underwater Trail, where you can snorkel along a 675-foot guided underwater trail festooned with informative markers describing the various coral and fish you'll encounter. There are facilities at the site, where you can rent gear, change and shower.

The town of Christiansted on St. Croix was the capital of the Danish West Indies from 1755 to 1871. It's an easily explored town of cobblestone streets and Danish yellow-brick buildings. Historical highlights include The Steeple Museum, a building dating from the 1750s that now displays exhibits about island life through the centuries; and the Apothecary Museum, where couples can view antique pharmaceutical implements and potions. Other remarkable buildings include the Government House, Old Danish Customs House, Fort Christiansvaern and Old Scale House. For a change of pace, spend an idle hour strolling through the 16-acre St. George Village Botanical Garden.

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