Guide To The Virgin Islands: Which Island Is For You?

Virgin Islands

Finding the perfect destination can be a daunting task. Even finding the perfect destination in the Virgin Islands can be overwhelming. Between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, there are many islands to choose from, with seven main islands that are popular for tourists. Not sure which one to pick based on your travel group, budget and other preferences? We got you covered! We’ve gathered the basics you need to know about each island to make your destination decision.

The U.S. Virgin Islands consists of three main islands, St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Each very different with its own perks! And remember, if you’re a U.S. Citizen, you don’t need a passport to visit these exquisite islands!

St. Thomas 

Also known as “Rock City” for its hilly terrain, St. Thomas is the most visited island and home to the capital, Charlotte Amalie. Though only 32 square miles, this fun filled island will keep you entertained! Explore any of its white-sandy beaches or spend the day on the water with a sailing, snorkeling or diving trip. St. Thomas boasts of luxury, duty-free shopping, exciting nightlife, and amazing views. If you love shopping, fine dining and enjoy tourist attractions, then St. Thomas is for you! Explore St. Thomas rentals.

St. Croix

South of St. Thomas lies St. Croix, the largest and flattest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. Take time to explore the culture and history of St. Croix, including sugar cane plantations and rum distilleries. St. Croix also features fine dining, a casino, golfing, and of course, stunning beaches. If you love history and culture, then you should stay on St. Croix! Explore St. Croix rentals.

St. John

Just a short ferry ride from St. Thomas lies the smallest of the islands, St. John! Ideal for nature lovers and those who seek luxury and privacy, this island is home to 7,000 acres of dedicated National Park. Spend your days soaking up the sun on pristine beaches, snorkeling through reefs or hiking on one of many trails! If a tranquil, nature filled vacation is your prerogative, then St. John is for you. Explore St. John rentals.

The British Virgins are a must see on your vacation. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or spending most of your vacation there, you can’t go wrong with spending time on one or all of the islands.


Tortola is the British Virgin Islands largest and capital island. Swim or stroll through dozens of beaches, enjoy water sports and fishing in its protected anchorages or surf at Cane Garden Bay! Like many of the islands, the diverse history is one to explore through museums, distilleries, and the botanic gardens! Water sports enthusiasts and visitors looking for the ideal experience will love Tortola. Explore Tortola vacation rentals.


Known for being the flattest of the islands, Anegada is the only coral island in the Virgin Islands volcanic chain. Full of wildlife throughout, this secluded island is home to beautiful coral reefs and the critters that inhabit it, flamingos, rare rock iguanas that are native to the island, and much more. If a calm and quiet vacation is what you’re looking for, Anegada is for you!

Virgin Gorda

When Christopher Columbus discovered Virgin Gorda, he named the island after its distinct shape of a reclining woman or “Fat Virgin”. The third largest BVI at 8.5 square miles attracts travelers with its yacht clubs, luxury resorts, and quiet coves. Nature lovers alike will love exploring the protected national parks or hike to Gorda Peak for a panoramic view. Beach bums will love the unspoiled beaches. Be sure to spend time exploring the world famous Baths while there! Nature lovers and travelers will find their stay on Virgin Gorda quite magnificent. Explore Virgin Gorda vacation rentals.

Jost Van Dyke

The smallest of the BVIs is Jost Van Dyke is home to only 300 inhabitants! Even if you don’t stay on Jost, a day trip to this fun-filled island is a must. Stop at Soggy Dollar Bar, as made famous by Kenny Chesney, or explore the trails and beaches! Party animals should definitely consider this island for their party filled vacations, especially for Halloween and New Years. If you’re down to kick it at the beach without the need for attractions to keep you busy, you’ll love your stay or visit on Jost Van Dyke.

Scrub Island

While not considered a major island, Scrub Island is home to Scrub Island Resort, a luxurious and popular vacation resort! Scrub Island Resort is the ideal location for your fairytale destination wedding or those looking for privacy and luxury. Explore Scrub Island rentals.

Take your vacay to the Virgin Islands! Still not sure which island is best for you and your group? Explore more of these islands with the British Virgin Islands Tourism or USVI Tourism. Contact us today and we are more than happy to help you find the perfect place to stay!