Our Heritage, Culture, and Customs
The USVI is a paradise with so much more to offer than the traditional beach vacation.
Immerse Yourself in a new Culture
Visitors wishing to immerse themselves in a profound cultural experience can enjoy historical tours, culinary encounters, artisan fairs, parades, storytelling and other special events.
Walking tours on St. Thomas and St. Croix feature diverse architecture, evidence of the nations that colonized the islands during the 17th and 18th centuries. If you’re feeling energetic, walk one of the many street steps, the most famous being the 99 steps on St. Thomas, once a common way of getting to higher ground.
Your cultural journey continues with a look at the life and creations of artisans and crafters who earned a living creating functional and decorative pieces. Restored greathouses now serving as museums, like Haagensen House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum on St. Croix, preserve this past, displaying masterfully created mahogany pieces, delicate linens and original art.
Local craft cooperatives and art galleries present the works of today’s tradition-bearers. Annaberg Plantation ruins in St. John’s National Park offers daily cultural demonstrations, including cooking the old-fashioned way – on a coal pot over an open flame.