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US Virgin Islands

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Country rank: 21 out of 23 Places To Visit In Usa

Sub-Region: Northern part of theæLesser Antilles


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: April-June, December- March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: St Thomas  (Check Flights)

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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.

United States Virgin Islannds are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and many other surrounding minor islands. The territory's capital is Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas. The Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawaks. Over the next two hundred years, the islands were held by many European powers, including Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, and Denmark-Norway. 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. 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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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