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Where are the U.S. Virgin Islands: Geography

USVI & BVI

The Islands of the USVI

 St. Thomas

St. Thomas is home to about 48% of the total US Virgin Islands population. It is approximately 31 square miles in size and is home to Cyril E. King Airport. Many travelers enjoy flying into St. Thomas to catch  a ferry into the British Virgin Islands or to the neighboring US Virgin Island of St. John. St. Thomas is the most populated of the US Virgin Islands and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

St. Croix

St. Croix is the largest of the US Virgin Islands and is approximately 83 square miles. St. Croix’s nickname is “Twin City”, named for the two main towns at the opposite ends of the island. Frederiksted is on the western end of the island and Christiansted is on the east. Christopher Columbus landed on St. Croix on November 14, 1493.

St. Croix is  home to the Cruzan Rum Distillery as well as Captain Morgan.

St. John

St. John is the smallest of the main US Virgin Islands and is located about 4 miles east of St. Thomas. It is approximately 19 square miles large and about 60% of the island is protected as a National Park. Although, No cruise ships dock in St. John, it is 1 of the more popular tourists destinations for it Natural Beauty and hiking trails.

Ferry Services run hourly from the east end of St. Thomas to Cruz bay in St. John.

Water Island

Water Island is the smallest of the main islands in the US Virgin Islands at approximately 1 square mile in size. There is a population of about 200 people living on island and there are regular ferry services that run from St. Thomas to Water island. Honemoon Beach is 1 of the main attractions of Water Island and is located on the west end of the island.

 

During World War II, Fort Segarra was built on Water Island as a defensive strategy but the war ended prior to completion.