When traveling to the Virgin Islands, visitors have the option of going to St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, one of the smaller islands, or any combanation of them. In total their are over fifty islands, each with a distinct style all its own, allowing every type of vacationer the ability to find the perfect vacation spot for them.
|Currency||As U.S. territories, the U.S. Virgin Islands use the U.S. Dollar as their main currency.|
|Electricity||The electrical system is the same 110-volt system used on the U.S. mainland; visitors from other countries may need converters.|
|GDP Per Capita||The average annual household income is $38,500(USD).|
|Island Size||The combined landmass of the three main islands is about 135.6 square miles.|
|Language||English is the official language of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but Spanish and Creole are both very common.|
|Population||The residential population is about 122,600, and the island sees about 592,000 tourists annually, 87 percent of which come from the U.S. mainland.|
|Entry Requirements||U.S. and Canadian citizens need only proof of citizenship and a photo ID to enter the country. All other visitors, including those from the Caribbean should follow the same procedures as if they were visiting the U.S. mainland.|
The US Virgin Islands are a part of the Greater Antilles, and are the easternmost islands in the chain. There are three main and 50 small islands, encompassing 133 square miles. Each island is unique, and topography ranges from lush and hilly with miles of beaches, to rugged and rocky with jutting mountain peaks.
The U.S. Virgin Islands' residential population is widely diverse. Those who are Virgin Islanders by heritage are mostly descended from the African population who worked sugar cane plantations before abolition. Recently, the population has grown immensely, with many people from other parts of the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands to live comfortably in the islands' relaxed atmosphere. Puerto Ricans have especially taken to the island, bringing with them a Spanish lilt.
Like many other Caribbean islands, the Virgin Islands are situated in a subtropical climate zone. This means that the Virgin Islands experience warm winters (averaging temperatures between 69 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit) and hot summers (with temperatures running from 75 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit). May through November is the rainy season, and the islands see approximately 54.4 inches of rain during the entire year.
The Baths... mysterious site houses a collection of enormous granite boulders...
St. John, USVI is the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast.
St. Croix is the largest island. St. Croix is brightly colored by its many pastel buildings that were influenced by the Danish settlers, and is famous for its Cruzan Rum Distillery. Christiansted is really the hub of all activity on St. Croix – shopping, walking history tours, and a lively nightlife keep the city busy. Vacationers on St. Croix can partake in a number of thrilling activities like sailing trips to Buck Island, diving adventure at The Wall, visiting historic plantations and exploring the Christiansted National Historic Site.
St. John, USVI is the perfect destination for any outdoor enthusiast. Two-thirds of the island has been designated as the Virgin Islands National Park, making hiking and camping here a particular treat. Check out the Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins for a bit of history, or spend a day shopping in Mongoose Junction to pick up some handmade souvenirs. Other ideas include beach hopping along the North Shore Road, exploring the snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay, shopping at Cruz Bay and more. Tourists seeking a tranquil stay will enjoy the undeveloped atmosphere of St. John, where the dirt roads lead to humble shops operated by pleasant locals. In 2014, St. John was ranked at number eight in a top ten list of the best Caribbean islands as created by USA Today. It has also been included on Conde Nast's list of "Top 30 Islands in the World" because of its gorgeous marine life, lack of development, and idyllic nature.
Finally, St. Thomas, USVI boasts one of the most visited ports in the Caribbean, and the island itself is always alive with the comings and goings of new vacationers. On a consistent basis, cruise ship travelers descend upon the city of Charlotte Amalie for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Fort Christian and the Butterfly Farm are the island's must-see attractions. Alternative vacation destinations on St. Thomas include yacht charters, golfing at the Devil’s Triangle, and relaxing seaside at Magen’s Bay.
Adventuring through the Virgin Islands is sure to build up a hefty appetite. Vacationers will be tempted by the many local dishes that give a true taste of island flavor. While more traditional Continental fare is available for picky tourists, it is highly recommended that you check out some of the local eateries. Travelers can sample unique dishes like salt-fish salad, cornmeal dumplings called ‘fungi’, fresh seafood concoctions and the region’s famous johnnycakes. Before or after a delicious meal, adults should sample the infamous Cruzan rum that is sure to knock your socks off. Click here to read more about the culinary styles of the Virgin Islands.
Most visitors have no problems with tap water in the U.S. Virgin Islands since it is clean and well-filtered but, as usual, those with more sensitive stomachs should stick to bottled water.
If variety is the spice of life, the Virgin Islands have enough to entice even the pickiest palate. Whether you are looking to relax on a private beach, explore the sites, or learn about local flora and fauna, there is an island for everyone.
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