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Each of our island carnivals is one heck of a party.

Marvel at costumes that are heavy enough to be supported by wheels and soar as tall as a house. Watch moko jumbie dancers whose stilts are taller still. See parades of people dancing for hours, transported by calypso and soca music blasted from colorful floats by local bands. And catch the competitions for Calypso King and other carnival royalty. It’s all launched by J’Ouvert, a wild sunrise street dance. You’ll discover that our various carnivals celebrate everything from freedom to the joy of Christmas and hope for the coming new year.


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St. Croix Festival, Dec. 26 , 2023 - Jan. 6, 2024

J’Ouvert heralds the start of this holiday carnival, a treasured tradition since the 1800s. Be part of Frederiksted’s pageantry from late December to early January. Stroll the Festival Village, cheer children’s and adult parades, taste local flavors, and hear live music that ranges from Latin to reggae beats.

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Crucian Christmas Festival

This celebration has roots in the days when slaves joined in Christmas celebrations, as well as Puerto Rico’s celebration of Three Kings Day. From late December through early January in Frederiksted, enjoy J’Ouvert, a parade, food and music.

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St. Croix Jump Ups

During these mini carnivals held in Christiansted four times a year, the streets are closed to vehicles and filled with people, a variety of vendors and music. The biggest Jump Up is held annually on Valentine’s Day.

Crucian Christmas

Mango Melee - Early July

This early-July celebration of the marvelous mango is held annually at St. George Village Botanical Garden. It features chefs and mixologists using the golden-fleshed tropical fruit in every way imaginable, plus a mango-eating contest and music by top local bands.

St. Croix Carnival

St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March

It might seem odd to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on this island in the Caribbean, but it’s a parade and party that has been held annually in Christiansted for more than 50 years. Come join the fun, Irish or not.

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We welcome you to come and witness the excitement. The festival with a twist of comedy is the perfect all in one weekend package for visitors and residents to enjoy a complete experience of Caribbean and American culture.

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St. Thomas Carnival 2024, April 26 - May 4, 2024

Enjoy a month-long April celebration featuring a waterfront J’ouvert street dance with bands on trucks, children’s and adult parades with elaborate costumes and a variety of pageants. Don’t miss the food fair and carnival village, where you’ll find local eats along with calypso and reggae nights.

St. Thomas Carnival

St. John Celebration - June 10th - July 4th

Celebrate a colorful and cultural jamboree for St John Celebration from June 10th - July 4th.

Smaller and more intimate than other carnivals, this event marks the end of slavery on the islands on July 3, 1848, as well as the founding of the United States on July 4, 1776. Its parade is just as fun, albeit smaller than others. And the lines for food and drinks are shorter!


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As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport for U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. 


Good hospitals with well-trained doctors and medical professionals are available on St. Croix and St. Thomas.


Please use only mineral sunscreen. It's the law in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

When to Visit

The U.S. Virgin Islands is a year-round destination; however, you may find the best bargains on hotels and attractions during the summer months.

Cruise Ships

St Thomas is the most popular cruise ship destination in the Caribbean, with more than 500 arrivals each year. These ships pull in to the West Indian Company dock in Havensight on the eastern edge of St Thomas Harbour, and to Crown Bay Marina to the West.

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