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The US Virgin Islands or USVI, are a group of islands in the Caribbean. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The USVI consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and many other surrounding minor islands. Saint Thomas is an exotic island in a modern jungle, popular for its diving and amazing restaurants. Although in the US, the locals are diverse and one can find delicious one-of-a-kind delicacies here. Do note that the USVI is a left-side drive nation. US locals do not need a passport when entering but it is recommended as valid identification. 

he territory's capital is Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas. The U.S. Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 km east of Puerto Rico and immediately west of the British Virgin Islands. The combined land area of the islands is roughly twice the size of Washington, D.C. Most of the islands, including Saint Thomas, are volcanic in origin and hilly. The highest point is Crown Mountain, Saint Thomas at 2100 feet above sea level. This spot is perfect to hike to and also, the Mountain Top gives visitors the best views of the Islands. Saint Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, lies to the south and has a flatter terrain. The U.S. Virgin Islands lie on the boundary of the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate. Natural hazards include earthquakes and tropical cyclones.

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Currency in US Virgin Islands

USVI accepts all major cards and there are no shortage of ATMs. Although the exchange rates in the city are very high and it is advised to exchange the cash before arriving in the city. The rates keep fluctuating so consult before exchange.

Exchanging Money in US Virgin Islands

It is advised to exchange the currency before arriving in the city and consult about the rate of exchange in few shops/banks as they keep fluctuating and the rate of exchange in the city are very high.

Daily Budget for US Virgin Islands

This is to give an estimate of the amount of money a traveller should carry. Try and give separate ranges for a shoestring budget travel, comfortable travel and luxury travel. Short, objective information expected.

Religion of US Virgin Islands

Only 7% population of USVI are non-Chritian. Other than Christanity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Rastafarianism are the religions followed by the people in USVI.

US Virgin Islands Customs

The population in the USVI is largely made up of Caribbean people whose ancestors were Africans and Europeans. You will find people from all across the Caribbean living in the Virgin Islands as well as Americans from the mainland, Europeans and Hispanics.While visiting the islands take your time to appreciate the local arts, events and music. Definitely try some local food, deserts and drinks, you will enjoy them. Visitors wishing to immerse themselves in a profound cultural experience can enjoy historical tours, culinary encounters, artisan fairs, parades, storytelling and other special presentations.

Language of US Virgin Islands

Official language of Virgin Islands is English. Spanish and French are two languages heard other than English.

History of US Virgin Islands

The USVI is located in the Lesser Antilles of the Eastern Caribbean (between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea), the USVI are actually approximately 50 islands and cays, the largest of which are St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, respectively. Early inhabitants of the Virgin Islands included the Ciboney, Arawaks, and Island Caribs. Danish trading posts were set up on the islands, trading in sugar, slaves and other goods. Sugar cane cultivation was a major economic activity for many years, with slaves used as one of the labor sources. The islands were purchased from the Danish by the United States in 1917 under the Treaty of the Danish West Indies.

Nightlife in US Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands does not have much of nighclubs/discos, but has bars. People of VI meet up at bars to relax themselves and not enjoy much of the dancings. Few bars are on the beaches while the rest are around the corner of the streets. Duffy's Love Shack, Woody's Seafood Saloon, Epernay are few bars.

Shopping in US Virgin Islands

Havensight Mall, Bamboula, Yacht Haven Grande, Tillett Gardens, are few of the shopping areas of VI. The different islands have different shopping places to entertain its tourists. Many malls and markets give amazing choices to shop from the markets.

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How to Reach US Virgin Islands

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Flight is the best option to reach USVI. Although you can reach there by waterways.

How to reach US Virgin Islands by flight

Travelling through plane is the most convenient mode of transport. The U.S. Virgin Islands has two major airports - the Henry E. Rohlson Airport on St. Croix and the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. There are non-stop and connecting flight available from the U.S. Mainland to St. Croix and St. Thomas.

How to reach US Virgin Islands by road

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How to reach US Virgin Islands by train

No railways.

How to reach US Virgin Islands by bus

no bus route

How to reach US Virgin Islands by waterways

You can reach USVI by waterways. The option of heading to St. Thomas on a cruise ship or availing the reliable, regular ferry service is the only option.

Local transport in US Virgin Islands

The best way to get around in USVI is by car, rented or your own or even a cab.

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What is the best time to visit Us virgin islands?

With very little rainfall, the months from April to June give the visitors a pleasant, moist weather to roam around in the city. Though the peak months, December-March, of the city are little breezy in the evenings. The worst months of the city are from July-October when the hurricanes hit the city.
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What is the local food in Us virgin islands?

The foods of the Virgin Islands include many different dishes, and focus on ingredients such as mangoes, limes, potoatoes, curry, beans, corn, onions, garlic, peppers, breadfruits and okra. The usual meal might consist of spiced mea, starches and a little bit of vegetables. Dumpling, Fungi, Roti, fish and meat, are the famous dishes served in the USVI.
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What is the best way to reach Us virgin islands?

Flight is the best option to reach USVI. Although you can reach there by waterways.
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What are the places near Us virgin islands?

The top places near to Us virgin islands are Puerto rico which is 179 km from Us virgin islands, New york city which is located 2636 km from Us virgin islands, Las vegas which is located 5282 km from Us virgin islands, Los angeles which is located 5537 km from Us virgin islands, San diego which is located 5427 km from Us virgin islands

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