St. Thomas is a wonderful destination with nice beaches, friendly locals, fun local restaurants to try out, beautiful scenery, great weather and everything else that you can name when you are thinking of your perfect vacation destination.
Whether you want to spend a long weekend in St. Thomas or longer than a week, traveling to the island is very possible no matter what your time frame is. However, a longer time frame is always better since there is so much to do that will fill up your time very quickly!
Traveling to St. Thomas or the other islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands is relatively easy if you are a U.S. citizen. You most likely do not need a passport (read further below) and the flight to the island is relatively short from certain areas in the United States.
DO YOU NEED A PASSPORT?
Citizens of the U.S. or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the other islands within the U.S. Virgin Islands. You do not need a passport or birth certificate when departing from your local airport to St. Thomas, but you do need some form of identifications when leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands by airplane.
Usually just two forms of identification such as your drivers license and birth certificate are sufficient. Providing both forms of identification will make leaving for your flight on time a much more simple process.
There are several flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands each day. There are flights from New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and several other cities in which routes are serviced by major airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue and also several smaller commuting planes.
American Airlines and U.S. Airways also offer non-stop flights from locations such as New York, New York and Miami, Florida directly St. Thomas. No annoying layovers. You can hop on a plan in the morning and hopefully be in the wonderful sunshine around noon and still have a long day ahead of you to enjoy.
A flight from Miami, Florida to St. Thomas is approximately 2.5 hours, New York, New York to St. Thomas is 3.5 hours and San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas has a flight time of 30 minutes.