While the weather in the US Virgin Islands is usually sunny and high 70’s, it can’t be perfectly sunny every single day. Sometimes the heavens open and sprinkle the islands with warm tropical rain. Thanks to these top rainy day activities in the US Virgin Islands, a few showers won’t put a damper on your trip!
Whether you are newlyweds on your honeymoon or on a family vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are plenty of things to see in St. John. Among the many popular tourist sites, Annaberg Plantation is a favorite.
What is Annaberg Plantation?
As of 1780, Annaberg Plantation was one of 25 working sugar-producing factories on St. John. Annaberg also produced rum and molasses. Slave labor was used to clear the dense forested hillsides and to terrace the slops to make farming possible. In addition to clearing trees, slaves also planted, harvested and processed sugarcane on the plantation.
After slavery was abolished, the 518 acres that housed the thriving sugar plantation was divided into smaller farms. Now the city is appreciated for the ruins and history that still prospers.
How is the plantation today?
Today, the plantation ruins are protected by the Virgin Islands National Park and are open to the public. With trails leading through the factory ruins, windmill, slave quarters and other remains, the plantation makes an interesting and educational day trip. In addition, the signs and placards along the trails describe how the sugar was produced. This helps visitors gain insight on the plantation life in Annaberg and on St. John as well.
Another of the many things to see in St. John are the thirty-four foot wide, twenty foot tall windmill at Annaberg. For many years, it was one of the largest windmills on the islands. So if you’re a history lover, we highly recommend touring Annaberg. It will be a true treat that you’ll never forget, and you might even learn something too!
If you’re interested in the history and want to visit the Annaberg Plantation on your stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, consider staying at a hotel or resort in St. John, so you’re close to the action.
Nothing beats a 360 degree view of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix that you get to experience from the sea. But before you set sail on the pearly blue, here’s a sneak peek on how to do cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
When cruises port in St. Thomas, all of the activities and sites to see can be overwhelming. A popular spot to start at is the capital itself. Charlotte Amalie is the heart of activity and home to over 51,000 residents. While docked at this largely mountainous city, you can enjoy hikes along the beaches or through historic homes and inns with panoramic views of the whole island and ocean wherever you look. For those who want to spend even more time on the water, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are options as well.
Perhaps the most special things about cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands is having different things to do on each island. Unlike the other islands, St. John houses the Virgin Islands National Park. It protects over 7,000 acres of its 12,5000 acres making up the entire island. Also, hiking trails and tours through the historic sugar plantation ruins are another fun and interesting change in scenery. Aside from nature, Cruz Bay and Coral Bay are very popular stops due to the shopping, restaurants and fantastic views. So as you can see, this island offers something for everyone.
When your cruise ship reaches St. Croix, be sure to take in the breathtaking views. Being the largest island, it is 84 square miles total and houses three national parks. As you can imagine, there is a variety of nature things to partake in, such as marine gardens and pre-historic ruins. Also, you can take a load off and hit the green with a round of golf or enjoy jeep tours and a outdoor jazz concerts before you get back on the boat.
You won’t be disappointed on any of the cruises in the U.S. Virgin Islands. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with any of our amazing islands! For more things to do in the U.S. Virgin Islands, click here.