Come to this Caribbean paradise for a tropical escape, but stay for its world-famous beaches, full history, and endless opportunities for adventure.

By Lauren Phillips
August 31, 2017
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Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Coastal National Park is Virgin Islands National Park, in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Filled with sloping hills, green valleys, and sun-soaked beaches, Virgin Islands National Park’s 7,000+ acres are easily a tropical paradise. Located on St. John, just a short trip from the mainland U.S., this national park is truly spectacular—and you don’t even need a passport to take it all in.

The park boasts history—think the legacy (and ruins) of more than 1,000 years of civilizations—and active opportunities in equal measure. Spend a morning observing cultural demonstrations, then head out for adventure or simply kick back on Trunk Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. However you choose to fill your days on this stunning island, it’s all time well spent.

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Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Seaside Inn, Anchorage 1770 in Beaufort, South Carolina! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in our final Best of Summer 2017 competition! For a recap of this summer’s competitions, check out our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule!

Congratulations, Virgin Islands National Park!