Experience your “Paradise Dream” in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Apr, 26 2019
Paradise, USVI, Attractions, Investing

Did you know there are four islands to choose from? Let’s take a look at the main differences!

You may not know the four U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) comprise of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island. Each comes with their unique personality, traditions and activities. A United States territory, USVI is collectively known for its white sandy beaches, many bays and reefs, unique restaurants, and hilly landscapes, except for St. Croix which has a flatter topography. This variety of environments and lifestyles allows you to pick and choose locations based upon your personal preferences.

What are the two most asked questions on Google about the USVI?

    •    Which island is the best to visit?

    •    Which island is the best to live on?

And what about the cuisine and libations?

The food and drink options available in the USVI are also extensive. Some of the traditional drink favorites include an array of local rums, artisanal cocktails and hand-squeezed margaritas. After a relaxing day at the beach, you can choose from an array of dining and nightlife experiences––from fine dining to inexpensive and fast food joints. Enjoy stunning views with your favorite glass of wine and discover what some might find to be a surprising amount of local agriculture and history.
Of course, the warmth of the Caribbean sun and endless views of the ocean are standard in the USVI.

Let’s take a closer look at the four islands below:

St. Thomas

If you long for daily activities, an active nightlife and the best selection of restaurants and bars to go along with world-renowned beaches like Magens Bay that offer stunning views, St. Thomas may be for you. Home to Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is the most populated and the most diverse layout of the four islands, but there are many parts of the island that give you a sense of peace and serenity as well.

St. Thomas is home to many events and daily activities for “on the go” residents:

  • The annual St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) is one of the world’s most famous yacht races
  • The island’s deepwater and large harbor makes St. Thomas the commercial center of the USVI, and an accessible cruise-ship port.
  • There is a plethora of beach bars, yacht rock-and-roll events and a noticeable U.S. Southern lifestyle that permeates the island.

It offers a backdrop of towering emerald hills with a mysterious volcanic history overlooking numerous bays with white beaches.

All of this gives St. Thomas views that can’t be mirrored anywhere else in the USVI. 

Just a 3-mile ferry ride away from St. Thomas you will find St. John, allowing you to enjoy the lifestyle differences of each island if you choose to live on one and visit the other. Yachting and boating around both islands are spectacular and is considered the most exceptional sailing in the world. However, there are no marinas on St. John, therefore making St. Thomas the island of choice for diving, fishing, sailing and cruisers.


St. John

St. John is the most exclusive island in the USVI. Roughly 60 percent of St. John is protected by Virgin Islands National Park, giving it an added flair of exclusivity. With fewer than 5,000 residents, it’s accessible by a ferry ride from St. Thomas and offers a quieter lifestyle beloved by nature enthusiasts and those looking for a more peaceful getaway.

St. John captures a sense of tranquility. It’s not uncommon to find worldwide celebrities on the island as it has become a preferred destination for the rich and famous. Several restaurants offer romantic settings and live music while still embodying the idyllic island living that St. John is known for.


St. Croix

As the agricultural capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, some would say that St. Croix combines the bustle and variety of St. Thomas with the exclusivity and privacy of St. John. It’s the largest of the four Virgin Islands but is known for its fresh produce and farm-to-table food offerings, giving it a localized culinary flair that will delight any palate. St. Croix is home to a pair of charming Caribbean towns named Christiansted and Frederiksted.

Biking and horseback riding are popular in St. Croix due to its flatter terrain. On these rides, residents can spot vestiges of sugar mills and large, historical homes dotting this island’s landscape.

St. Croix is both luxurious and affordable, which makes it a highly desirable option for owners who also plan to rent their vacation home for part of the year.


Water Island

The smallest island in the USVI, Water Island has less than 200 residents and covers less than 500 acres. It provides visitors a feeling of authenticity, with fewer tourist traps and plenty of exceptional opportunities to relax on the beach, kayak or hike. Remnants of old military fortifications will delight any history buffs. It is accessible by a ferry from St. Thomas.

So get ready to drive on the left side of the road, and understand that there are no limits to what you can do or experience in the USVI. John Foster Real Estate has been working with families to find their dream getaway for more than 30 years, making us the real “island experts.” We employ seasoned, long-time USVI residents with years of experience and passion as our realtors.

Start your search here for the island of your choice.

After all, when you’re pursuing your dream, experience matters. Contact us to learn more and start living that dream today. John Foster Real Estate can help you invest in leasing or purchasing property to live here year ‘round. Start your search here. (link to properties)