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5 things you must see in the U.S. Virgin Islands

What do you get when you combine pristine white sand beaches, colorful wildlife, rain forests, colonialism, and a rich local heritage? If you answered the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’re correct!

Today we’re going to share 5 things you must see on your visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

U.S. Virgin Islands must-see #1: Hike to Peace Hill Windmill on St. John Island

By just looking at it, you might not know that Peace Hill Windmill was once a sugar cane plantation called Denis Bay. The windmill itself was one of only five on the entire island that used wind in its sugar production.

Peace Hill Windmill

While time and hurricanes have worn it down to a ruin, the rich history and incredible 180-degree views of North Shore Beaches still make it a must-see. Because of it’s convenient location, this site is easy to incorporate into your beach day. Located right off North Shore Road, the uphill 100m hike to the Peace Hill Windmill is easy to get to and well worth the short trip.

U.S. Virgin Islands must-see #2: Hit up the nightlife on St. Thomas

Of all of the islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas definitely has the most active nightlife scene. If you’re looking for live music, karaoke, or dancing, you will be able to find something for you. Happy hour specials at bars and restaurants on the island are common and a good way to start a fun evening or have a casual drink with friends.


U.S. Virgin Islands must-see #3: Tour the Cruzan Rum Distillery on St. Croix

Get a taste of island life—literally!


Sample Cruzan Rum directly from the source by going on a tour at its distillery in Frederiksted. Tour guides at the rum headquarters will teach you about the distilling and bottling processes. Vacationers have noted that the tour is fun and informative without taking up an entire day. You can expect it to last about 30 minutes. After the tour wraps up, enjoy a cocktail mixed up for you by your tour guide. Cheers!

U.S. Virgin Islands must-see #4: Learn about sea turtles on St. Croix Island

Have a passion for beautiful beaches and conservation efforts? Several beaches on St. Croix are known turtle nesting beaches. The St. Croix Environmental Association and other environmental groups in the area monitor the beaches and the turtle’s activity to protect and preserve their population. Environmental groups offer turtle watches and educational trips at various times during the year. We recommend contacting groups to learn more about availability.

Sea turtle

U.S. Virgin Islands must-see #5: Go shopping at Mongoose Junction on St. John Island

Located in Cruz Bay, Mongoose Junction is a premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination on St. John. The building gets its unique look from Danish architecture created with local stone, brick and coral. The tropical foliage provides beautiful scenery as well as shade from the Caribbean sun. Shop for souvenirs and mementos such as jewelry, art and apparel.

Mongoose Junction


This list is just a handful of options available to you during your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. At Sail Play Dine, we help you put together your dream yacht charter vacation. When you travel by a chartered yacht, you get unique vantage points and insider knowledge from the captain and crew. Contact us and we can discuss your ideal destination, preferences, budget, who will be joining you, and what you would like to see and do.

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