If your idea of the perfect vacation includes beautiful beach and water vistas without having to worry about learning a new language, currency or culture, the US Virgin Islands are an ideal destination to visit. St John, St Thomas and St Croix are easily accessible from the United States and Canada, and offer plenty of snorkeling, water sports, hiking trails, pristine beaches and world-class duty-free shopping. In short, there's something for every age and interest there.
Casual elegance is the vibe in the USVI. This includes a fantastic selection of luxury villas, resorts and beach house rentals, some of which are located on hilltops overlooking the harbor at Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas and others are just steps away from white sand beaches.
Imagine having your morning coffee watching the sun rise over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. US Virgin Islands houses and villas for rent offer most of the amenities you'd find at a 5-star USVI resort; however, these types of accommodations also give you room to spread out. The full kitchens make it easy to prepare at least some of your own meals.
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The US Virgin Islands offer vacation rentals for most any taste. If you're looking for a place where you can walk right out onto the beach, Magens Bay on St Thomas and the North Shore on St John offer luxury villa rentals where the beach is your front yard.
If you'd prefer a little seclusion and a dramatic hilltop view, the Mahogany Run area on St Thomas and the area overlooking Charlotte Amalie harbor are home to unique, luxury villas. Most Virgin Island rental villas have amenities including private swimming pools, and some even feature fitness rooms and tennis courts.
If you long to walk right onto the white sand from your luxury rental villa, then the US Virgin Islands is a perfect destination for you. From Turquoise Bay on St Thomas to Cruz Bay on St John, there are a large selection of beachfront villas and houses, perfect for that idyllic getaway.
Imagine sipping a glass of Chardonnay while watching the sun set over the harbor at Charlotte Amalie or enjoying your morning coffee with the peaceful sound of the waves lapping up on the shore in St. John. WIMCO Villas' collection of US Virgin Islands vacation options include beach house rentals, villas to accommodate large groups and family reunions and private hideaways for two.
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For those who desire the type of on-site services and amenities that a resort hotel delivers, St Thomas and St John both offer several excellent five-star luxury resorts. Preferred hotels in the USVI include legendary Gallows Point Resort in Cruz Bay on St John and the Ritz Carlton on St Thomas.
If you are seeking a smaller hotel experience, try Bolongo Bay on St Thomas or the legendary Caneel Bay on St. John. Some of the luxury Virgin Island luxury resorts offer villas with five-star hotel amenities, such as the Westin on St John.
Of course, The greatest things about a USVI luxury hotel are the many services you'll find right at your fingertips, such as swimming pools, spa services and multiple eateries and bars. Whatever your taste and style, there is a Virgin Islands luxury resort that's right for you.
The decision of whether to reserve rooms at a luxury US Virgin Island resort hotel, or rent a private villa is a personal one. Both are wonderful options. A Virgin Island luxury villa is great for larger groups, couples who want a little privacy and an easy way to spend time with their families. Villas give you a little more room as well as a full kitchen where you can make at least some of your meals and as opposed to having to meet in a hotel restaurant three times a day.
On the other hand, a five-star USVI luxury resort offers nightlife, amenities and restaurants, just steps away from your suite. Remember, that no matter which USVI vacation home you choose, WIMCO VIllas can make all the arrangements, setting-up any type of service you desire, including regular housekeeping and laundry service, a private chef, restaurant reservations, in-villa spa services, chauffeurs and more.
The US Virgin Islands are located just east of Puerto Rico, and only a few miles west of the British Virgin Islands. The three islands --St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix-- are part of the Leeward Island chain.
The US Virgin Islands are a US territory and combine both American culture and Caribbean beauty, food and climate. When flying in from the US, you don’t even need a passport to visit.
St. John is the least developed of the three US Virgin Islands. More than half of the island is preserved as a National Park. The Virgin Islands National Park includes a stretch of beaches along the north shore that are world renowned for their beauty. St. John is best known for its natural beauty, its beaches, the excellent snorkeling right off shore, the charming town of Cruz Bay and its miles of scenic hiking trails.
St. Thomas is known for its 40 beautiful beaches, notably Magens Bay and Sapphire Beach; the picturesque harbor town of Charlotte Amalie; its duty-free shops and historic sites, such as Bluebeard's Castle and Fort Christian.
St. Croix is smaller than St. Thomas, but also has beaches, including Cane Bay, as well as historic sugar plantations and the Cruzan rum distillery.
The US Virgin Islands are lovely year round. The driest season is between November and April, when high temperatures hover in the 80s and lows are in the mid to low 60s.
The least crowded time of year is between May and October. Accommodations are also somewhat less expensive during this period.
Vacationers to the US Virgin Islands fly into either Cyril E King Airport on St Thomas or Henry E Rohlsen Airport in Christiansted on St Croix. St John is accessed by a short ferry ride from one of two ports in St Thomas. There are many non-stop flights to the USVI from cities in the United States and Canada, including New York City, Miami, Detroit, Toronto, Atlanta and Houston.
Visitors from the United States are not required to have a passport, although you will need one if they plan to travel to the nearby British Virgin Islands such as Virgin Gorda or Tortola – which are only a short ferry ride away from the USVI.
Travel from Canada requires a change of plane en route. Flight time to the USVI is approximately 4 hours from New York City, 2.5 hours from Miami and 6.25 hours from Toronto. Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport that has at least 180 days validity left on it. No visa is required for Canadian citizens staying 90 days or less.
There are so many fun and exciting things to do in the US Virgin Islands, you'll want to reserve your luxury USVI villa for at least seven days. Stay two weeks and you still won't be able to do and see everything. Just a few of the most popular things to see and do on St John, St Thomas and St Croix include:
USVI National Park takes up more than 60 percent of the island of St John. This 5,500-acre park is easily accessible by ferry from the Red Hook port in St Thomas and is well known for its public beaches, and scenic hiking trails through the tropical rainforest.
The three islands of the US Virgin Islands have a long and varied history. You can learn more about the islands' past at the many historic sites and museums there, including the Annaberg Sugar Plantation on St John, the French Heritage Museum on St Thomas, and Fort Christian on St Croix.
The US Virgin Islands are well known for their good buys on luxury consumer goods and spirits. Not only are goods exempt from import duty, but US citizens have a greater customs limit when they visit these islands than they do when they return from most other parts of the world. Good buys include wine and liquor, perfume, jewelry and designer clothing.
The three US Virgin Islands have dozens of extraordinary beaches. There are quiet, romantic beaches; vibrant active beaches for families and even a couple of clothing-optional beaches. Whatever your idea of the perfect beach is, you'll find it here in the USVI. Some of our favorites include Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay on St John, Magens Bay on St Thomas, and Cane Bay on St Croix.
One of the highlights of any trip to the USVI is sampling the many restaurants on the islands. Although the atmosphere on the islands is casual, you'll find fine dining establishments as well as casually chic beachfront eateries and local "shacks" with some of the best, fresh seafood on the islands. We particularly like The Beach Bay, Extra Virgin and The Longboard in Cruz Bay on St John, the Twisted Cork Cafe on St Thomas and Rum Runner on St Croix.
If you are looking for the perfect, carefree vacation, we have you covered. All you need to do is make the call, and we will take care of everything. The knowledgeable and friendly staff at WIMCO Villas will not only make arrangements for your luxury USVI villa or five-star resort, but they can also help make your airline reservations, book that waterfront table for dinner, organize a birthday party and make sure all of your favorite food and drinks are waiting for you in your villa.
Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make your vacation memorable and enjoyable. Feel free to contact us at your convenience to start planning your dream vacation.