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Activities in the U.S. Virgin Islands usually focus on the white-sand beaches and the transfixing turquoise waters. But everyone has to take a break from swimming at some point, and the islands offer more than enough reasons to do so. St. Thomas's status as a tourist hub and cruise port makes for an abundance of dining and shopping options, as well as family-friendly activities, such as Coral World Ocean Park and Undersea Observatory. Expect a slower pace and outdoor activities on St. John, which has dozens of well-manicured hiking trails. St. Croix, the largest of the islands, draws history buffs with its 18th-century architectural ruins. You don't have to limit yourself to one island: St. Thomas and St. John are just a short ferry ride apart, and St. Croix is a half-hour seaplane flight away.

There are postcard-perfect beaches on all three of the U.S.V.I'.s main islands—plus a handful on offshore cays. So, where to spread out your towel? It's hard not to find a pristine stretch of sand on St. John, where two thirds of the island is national park land. St. Thomas boasts top-notch snorkeling, especially at Coki Point Beach. And in addition to featuring world-class diving, St. Croix is home to one of the few underwater national monuments in the United States.

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Beaches on St. Croix, St. Croix

With well-preserved reefs and easy points of access, St. Croix's beaches have long been popular for snorkeling and shore diving. Some of the best beaches are...more

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Beaches on St. John, St. John

It's hard not to find a quiet cove to call your own on idyllic St. John island. A drive along North Shore Road will take you past dozens of secluded spots, all...more

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Beaches on St. Thomas, St. Thomas

The majority of the beaches on St. Thomas are home to hotels, so expect to compete with other visitors for your own place in the sun. Non-guests are permitted,...more

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Boat Charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands

With steady trade winds and dozens of islands within a day's sail, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are one of the world's finest cruising grounds. You can...more

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Buck Island Reef National Monument, Buck Island

Declared part of the National Park system by John F. Kennedy in 1961, this 176-acre island off St. Croix's northeastern coast is surrounded by nearly 20,000...more

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Charlotte Amalie, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

With restaurants, dozens of shops, and enough bars to keep you busy every night of the week, it's not hard to see why the U.S. Virgin Islands' capital city is...more

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Christiansted, Christiansted, St. Croix

St. Croix's commercial heart—and the former capital city—was once a Danish trading center, and still has the colorful 18th-century buildings...more

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Diving on St. Croix

While the islands of Bonaire and Little Cayman are justifiably famous for their underwater attractions, St. Croix is finally getting some love from the scuba...more

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Hiking on St. John, St. John

There are more than 20 worthy trails within Virgin Islands National Park, all easily tackled in a half-day or less, but no serious eco-adventurer should miss...more

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Horseback Riding, Cane Bay, St. Croix

With his 15 surefooted horses, Stephen O'Dea leads riders of all skill levels around St. Croix's north shore. Depending on his mood, you may be climbing an...more

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