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Planning a family vacation? Looking for a new place to call your home for the winter? The US Virgin Islands provide you with an island getaway destination with the familiarity of North American culture. Consisting of three main islands in the Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands have a total population of just over 100,000 residents. While tourism is the main economic force, the islands are also known for their rum distilleries and farming.

Whether you are planning to stay on the island of St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas, there are many beautiful beaches, tourist attractions and fine resorts. All you have to do is compare your options and choose the island you find most appealing.

Where to visit

If you are staying on St. Croix, be sure to check out Annaly Bay, Butler Bay, the Columbus Landing site at the Salt River Bay National Historic Park, and Coakley Bay beach. No trip to this part of the islands is complete without a tour of the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery and Buck Island Reef National Monument (one of only three in the United States).

St. John is known for its beaches. Some of the best include Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest Beach, Trunk Bay and Salt Pond Bay. Also consider visiting Annaberg Plantation ruins and the petroglyphs on Reef Bay Trail.

St. Thomas offers the best of both worlds: plenty of adventures and an ideal spot for relaxation. If you want to lounge on the beach, check out Bolongo Bay, Lindquist Beach, Sapphire Beach and the area’s most popular spot, Magens Bay. If you are looking for some adventure and want to learn more about the island’s culture, consider booking a trip to see Blackbeard’s Castle Historical Park, Drake’s Seat lookout, the Government House and the Haagensen House.

Travel advice for the US Virgin Islands

The same rules apply for entering the US Virgin Islands as for the continental United States. You are required to have documentation that is appropriate for the mode of transportation you use to enter the country (see the Travel and Tourism section of the Government of Canada website for more information). Canadian snowbirds are permitted to stay for up to six months without applying for an extension.

Although personal security is not typically an issue on the US Virgin Islands, taking extra safety precautions is recommended any time you travel outside Canada. Petty crime can occur, so secure your personal belongings at all times.

If you plan to drive on the islands during your stay, you will need to get a local driving permit, which you can get at any car rental company. Also note that traffic drives on the left.

The time of year you choose to travel here is important. Hurricane season lasts from June to November, and the islands are often hit by severe weather during this time. If you want to avoid large crowds, consider travelling just before or just after hurricane season. There will be fewer travellers on the islands, and you could get significant discounts off the cost of accommodations. The peak season is mid-December to mid-April.

Why you need travel insurance for vacations to the US Virgin Islands

Getting reliable travel insurance every time you travel outside your home province ensures you have access to the emergency medical care, travel assistance and resources you are used to having in Ontario. One in four Canadians choose Blue Cross because we offer personalized travel insurance solutions our members can trust. We are available 24/7 to help with all your travel needs. Contact us today to get a free travel insurance quote for your trip to the US Virgin Islands.

General U.S. Virgin Islands Canada
Continent: Americas
Population (2012): 105,275 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 191 9,984,670
Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Currency: United States Dollar
Official language(s): English
Drive: Left
Diesel :   1.23 (2012)
Gasoline :   1.23 (2013)

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