Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/Achim BaqueSt. JohnSandy Spit, British Virgin Islands                  Beautiful St. Johns

Families will love:

  • Easy accessibility from the states
  • Beautiful beaches and great snorkeling
  • No need for passports to enjoy the Caribbean

Along with beautiful beaches, first-rate snorkeling, Caribbean culture and easy accessibility from the states, the U. S. Virgin Islands come with a reassuring sense of familiarity; after all, English is the primary language, the U.S. dollar is the currency and U.S. citizens do not need passports. Yes, the U.S. in USVI stands for the United States and provides all the comfo ... more
Along with beautiful beaches, first-rate snorkeling, Caribbean culture and easy accessibility from the states, the U. S. Virgin Islands come with a reassuring sense of familiarity; after all, English is the primary language, the U.S. dollar is the currency and U.S. citizens do not need passports. Yes, the U.S. in USVI stands for the United States and provides all the comforts of the mainland set in the tropical Caribbean islands. St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John constitute the three principal islands, with most families arriving via plane on St. Thomas, as well as by cruise ship, where ships dock in St. Thomas' capital or visit St. Croix. As the main island, St. Thomas offers a bustling city with shopping and dining, and an array of resorts that line its beaches. St. Croix, the largest of the islands, is more remote and requires a puddle jumper plane ride to visit, but because of its distance, provides a quiet place for families to get away. St. John, the closest to the British Virgin Islands, is made up most of a national park and is heavily forested, with fewer resorts nestled on its beaches. (Tiny, residential Water Island -- a good place for bicycling -- is the "4th Virgin," and the least visited.) Whatever island you choose, each offers a range of accommodations from plain to fancy and each island keeps kids happy with gorgeous sand and great snorkeling.

Be sure to check out our exclusive Caribbean Vacation Guide for Families, offering plenty of useful information about various Caribbean islands!

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