Cheap flights from US Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands of the United States is a group of islands that is part of the Virgin Islands archipelago in the Caribbean, and is an insular area of the United States. The islands, also known as United States Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Virgin Islands, or USVI, are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It consists of three main islands, Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and includes several other surrounding minor islands. The Virgin Islands has a territory of 346.4 km2. The capital Charlotte Amalie is located on the island of Saint Thomas.

Where to go

Coral World Ocean Park

Inaugurated in the 1970s on the island of Saint Thomas, Coral World Ocean Park is a marine park that has since become one of the top attractions in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It utilizes an open-water system, in which water can freely flow in and out between the exhibits and the ocean. Exhibits in the ocean park include the Caribbean Reef Encounter, Marine Gardens, Shark Shallow, and a Stingray Pool, among others. There is also an Underwater Observatory Tower that goes 20 feet under the ocean, with glass windows so visitors can watch ocean life in its natural habitat.

Blackbeard's Castle

Blackbeard's Castle, formerly called Skytsborg Tower, is a National Historic Landmark located in the city of Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas. The castle was built in 1679 by the Danes on the highest point on Government Hill. It served as a watchtower, from which the Danish soldiers could spot enemy shops, to protect the harbor and Fort Christian.

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

The Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve on Saint Croix contains the beach where members of the Columbus expedition first arrived on the islands during his second voyage in 1493. It is the only known site where Christopher Columbus set foot on what is now a territory of the United States. This was also the site where Columbus encountered a Carib Indian tribe, and where the first documented conflict between Native Americans and Europeans took place. The park and reserve preserves upland watersheds and mangrove forests, as well as estuarine and marine environments.

Most of the short-haul destinations from the US Virgin Islands are other islands in the Caribbean, such as Dominica, Nevis, Saint Barthélemy, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda. Dominica is a nice place to visit, especially for eco-tourists who are into hiking. Dominica offers opportunities to go hiking in the rainforest. Some of its other tourist spots include the Indian River in Portsmouth, and the world's second-largest boiling lake, located in Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

The only long-haul destinations from US Virgin Islands are Copenhagen, via Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, and Washington, via Cyril E. King Airport. Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, the top attractions of which include the sculpture called The Little Mermaid, Strøget shopping street, Amalienborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, the world's oldest amusement park, Dyrehavsbakken, and National Aquarium Denmark, Den Blå Planet. Copenhagen also has several interesting museums and galleries. Washington's attractions include the National Air and Space Museum, Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, the White House, and the Washington Monument.

How to get out

There are two main airports serving the US Virgin Islands. Henry E. Rohlsen Airport is located on the island of Saint Croix, 10 km southwest of Christiansted. The airport mostly provides inter-Caribbean service, with flights to Saint Thomas, San Juan, Dominica, Nevis, and Sint Eustatius, provided by Cape Air, Coastal Air, Hummingbird Air, JetBlue Airways, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, and Sea Flight Airlines. American Airlines provides flights to Miami, and Norwegian Air Shuttle has flights to Copenhagen. The other airport serving the islands is Cyril E. King Airport on the island of Saint Thomas, located 3 km west of Charlotte Amalie. It is served by Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Hummingbird Air, JetBlue Airawys, LIAT, Seabaorne Airlines, Sea Flight Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Tradewind Aviation, United Airlines, and US Airways, with flights to Charlotte, Newark, Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Antigua, Dominica, Atlanta, San Juan, New York, Saint Barthélemy, Nevis, Tortola, Anguilla, and Virgin Gorda, in addition to domestic flights.

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