If all you've done during your Virgin Islands vacation is soak up sun on the beach while sipping fruity drinks and letting the ocean lull you into a trance, your vacation was a success. For many travelers, however, this isn't enough. Luckily, there is much to do when you awaken from your beach coma.
If you are thinking about enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, you will encounter 11 businesses that can help. To get more information on bike and scooter rentals, read this article.
It is hard to avoid water sports when staying on an island in the Caribbean – you are surrounded by it, after all. Participating in water sports is a great way to spend your vacation days. Most resorts offer their guests equipment for snorkeling and other non-motorized water sports free of charge, but if you aren't staying at one, you can rent everything you need at a dive shop. To get started snorkeling, it can cost you as little as $10 (USD). You can also train with a dive shop and gain certification to take a dive and explore a ship wreck or the colorful coral reef.
There are 23 dive services and at least 93 interesting dive sites to choose from. For a more comprehensive look at scuba diving in this area go to this page.
To get a real taste of what life is like for islanders, try attending an event or festival. A few of note include the Mardi Croix, Valentine Jump Up, and Arts Alive series. Events and festivals are a great place to sample regional cuisine, dance to local music, and buy souvenirs made by the island's artists. Click here to learn more.
The Virgin Islands is one of the top sailing destinations in the world. Whether you are an expert sailor or not, you can enjoy getting out on the waters by chartering a boat for a tour of the Virgin Islands, or a day of fishing. Typically the cost of a fishing tour includes bait, tackle, food, beverages, and equipment for water sports. June through October are the best months to fish, when the waters are teeming with trophy winning catches such as blue marlin.
If you have some avid fishermen in your group, they'll be pleased to know they can catch some fish with one of the 18 charter operators in this area. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, navigate to this page, about deep sea fishing in this area.
If you have some golfing fans in your group, they'll be pleased to know the potential exists for playing at several of the 5 golf courses in this area. The area courses include Mahogany Run Public Golf Course, Carambola Beach Golf Club, and Herman E. Moore Golf Course. Just click on the name of the course for a detailed guide to the course. In addition, you can navigate to this extended discussion if you want to find additional facts regarding golf throughout Caribbean.
The following chart provides you with more information about area firms that will help you get out on the water.
|Aqua Blue Charters||(340) 344-1190||0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Big Beard's Adventure Tours||(340) 773-4482||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Bilinda Charters||(340) 514-2270||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Boat Day V.I.||(855) 262-8329||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|(340) 777-7245||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Caribbean Blue Boat Charters||(340) 690-2583||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures||(340) 998-1940||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Cool Boats||(340) 344-6812||0.8 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Copeland Boat Charters||(340) 690-9988||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|(340) 775-5055||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
|Day Sail Fantasy||(340) 775-5652||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
|Daydreamer Charter||(340) 775-2584||1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Daysail High Pockets Adventure||(340) 690-0587||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Elixir Charters||(340) 344-3336||0.6 mi. North of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Fury Sailing Charters||(340) 643-7733||Charlotte Amalie, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Good Day Charters||(340) 514-3458||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Hakuna Matata Charters||(626) 824-5039||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Independence Sailboat Charter||(340) 775-1408||1.7 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Island Roots||(340) 643-5000||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Jester Sailing Adventures||(340) 513-2459||East End||St. Thomas|
|Jolly Roger Charters||(340) 513-2508||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Kekoa Sailing Expeditions||(340) 244-7245||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Lion In Da Sun||(340) 626-4783||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Lovango Charters||(340) 626-9685||2.3 mi. North of Central downtown Cruz Bay||Congo Cay|
|Nate's Custom Charters Day Tours||(340) 244-2497||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|New Horizon Sailing||(340) 775-1171||0.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Oh Be Joyful Sailing||(340) 244-0605||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|One Love Charters||(340) 227-5229||1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Palm Tree Charters||(340) 643-4239||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Privateer Charters||(888) 727-0793||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Roseway Sailing||(340) 626-7877||0.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Rumbaba Charters||(340) 690-1659||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Sadie Sea Charters||(340) 514-0778||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Sail Pepper||(340) 771-7011||Coral Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Sail Safaris||(340) 626-8181||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Sail With Liberty||(443) 831-1911||1.8 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Sail with Captain Max||(340) 775-7467||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Salty Dog Day Sails||(340) 244-7290||1.1 mi. South West of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Simplicity Charters||(340) 774-9348||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Singing Dog Sailing Day Tours||(717) 602-3536||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Sonic Charters||(340) 244-5096||1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Southern Hospitality||(340) 998-4399||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|(340) 474-9332||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Stormy Petrel and Pirate's Penny Tours||(340) 775-7990||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Sun Sea Charters||(340) 626-6785||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Swashbucklin Tours||(340) 244-8600||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Take It Easy||(340) 677-1320||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Treazzure Sailing Adventures||(340) 690-2735||Red Hook, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Tribal VI Day Sails||(340) 998-7767||2.2 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie||Water Island|
|VIBE Charters||(340) 626-2875||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Wasabi Sailing||(340) 344-5429||1.6 mi. East of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas|
|Wayward Sailor||(340) 473-9705||Cruz Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Wish Upon a Star Charters||(631) 946-9292||Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
If you'd like to find out about charter operators and marinas visit this page.
Shopping on St. Thomas is considered to be some of the best in the world. Not only can luxury items be purchased at deeply discounted rates, but shopping is duty free in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Shopping on St. Thomas is especially popular among cruisers, whose ships make port in the island's waters. St. Croix has some great shopping locales as well, Christiansted for example, but the less developed St. John is more eco-driven than shopping friendly.
If you have some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they can explore some of the 90 retail stores in the area. If you want to discover more about shopping in the USVI, you can do so on this page.
Yet another great option for visitors is enjoying the area's sights and natural environment. Among other things, the area has historic sites and a distillery. Those visitors who like the open air frequently enjoy visiting the area's waterfall, outdoor parks, and botanical gardens. Those wanting to get more information about area sightseeing opportunities can do so here.
The following chart has information on a firm that will help you have a great time enjoying the local sights.
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 774-2992||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|CHANT Tours||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 719-5455||0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Caribbean Adventure Tours||Kayaking Service||(340) 778-1522||4.0 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(340) 776-3650||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 719-1111||East End||St. Croix|
|Ecotours Hassel Island||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 779-2155||Frenchtown, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 779-2155||1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas|
|Hidden Reef Eco-Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 513-9613||2.3 mi. East of Central Coral Bay||St. John|
|Iron Horse Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 514-6388||1.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(340) 775-7292||The US Virgin Islands|
|Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||(340) 778-9491||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 514-0054||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Sea Thru Kayaks||Kayaking Service||(340) 244-8696||3.3 mi. East of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
|Kayaking Service||(340) 201-6069||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
|Kayaking Service||(340) 474-9332||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||(340) 474-9332||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Sweeny’s St. Croix Safari Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 773-6700||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|Tan Tan Tours||Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 773-7041||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 778-1636||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|VI Ecotours||Nature Tourism Service||(370) 779-2155||0.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Virgin Kayak Tours||Kayaking Service||(340) 514-0062||3.3 mi. East of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
If spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in the USVI. You can go to this extended discussion which is all about snorkeling if you want to get better details.
Going to a spa just might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 21 different spas in this area. To visit our detailed page about spas, see this page.
If you are the active type, there are plenty of ways to remain so in the Virgin Islands. Hiking trails, lap pools, beach volleyball, and tennis courts are all places to get your heart rate up. Meanwhile, the avid golfer won't want to pass up a chance to hit the links. For a real challenge, schedule a tee time at Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas to play the "Devil's Trio," a series of holes located cliff-side. Click here to read more about golf in the Virgin Islands.
If you like playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 15 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table summarizes some key facts. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Island||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas||0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Red Hook||St. Thomas||2|
|Buccaneer||1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix||8|
|Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa||1.3 mi. East of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas||3|
|Caneel Bay Resort||1.0 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John||10|
|The Westin St. John Resort||0.8 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cruz Bay||St. John||6|
|Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||2|
|Tamarind Reef Hotel||2.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix||4|
|Magens Point Resort||1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas||2|
|Crystal Cove||2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Maroon Town||St. Thomas||4|
|Sugar Beach Condominiums||1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix||2|
For example, Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.
Information concerning lots of other activities can be seen in the following table.
|340 Water Sports||Jet Ski Rental Service||(340) 690-3390||2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Massage Therapist||(340) 719-1804||Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Aqua Adventure||Watersports Operator||(340) 777-3549||Frenchtown, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Arawak Expeditions||Watersports Operator||(340) 693-8312||Cruz Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Beach Massage and Bodywork Delivered||Massage Therapist||(340) 513-8440||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Bluewater SUP Safaris||Watersports Operator||(340) 244-9455||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Captain Nautica||Watersports Operator||(340) 775-9360||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Carolina Corral||Horseback Riding Site||(340) 693-5778||Coral Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Scenic Trail||--||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||Maroon Town, Northern part of the USVI||St. Thomas|
|Tennis Club||--||Downtown Cruz Bay||St. John|
|Cruz Bay Watersports||Watersports Operator||(340) 776-6234||Cruz Bay, Northern part of the USVI||St. John|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Horseback Riding Site||(340) 513-4873||0.9 mi. South West of Central Cane Bay||St. Croix|
|Independent Sea Tours||Watersports Operator||(340) 344-6397||St. Thomas||St. Thomas|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||--||Downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Kite St. Croix||Watersports Operator||(340) 643-5824||0.4 mi. North of Central Cotton Valley||St. Croix|
|Movie Theater||(340) 776-3666||Downtown Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Watersports Operator||(340) 773-2628||Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Paul And Jill's Stable||Horseback Riding Site||(340) 772-2880||1.9 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Sporting Event Venue||--||0.4 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers||(340) 775-7877||Anna's Retreat||St. Thomas|
|Horse and Dog Racetrack||(340) 713-7228||6.7 mi. South West of Central downtown Christiansted||St. Croix|
|Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers||(340) 693-1559||3.0 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie||St. Thomas|
|Watersports Operator||(340) 227-0682||0.5 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
|Massage Therapist||(340) 774-5808||The US Virgin Islands|
|Bowling Center||(340) 778-3994||St. Croix||St. Croix|
|West End Watersports||Jet Ski Rental Service||(340) 277-8295||1.3 mi. North of Central Frederiksted||St. Croix|
The fun doesn't stop here. As you explore the Virgin Islands you are certain to discover more activities that spark your interest. Get out there, do the things you enjoy, try new things, and make the most of your vacation The memories you make during this time will last a lifetime.
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