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The easternmost outpost of the United States, the US Virgin Islands consists of three islands and about 50 islets, most of which are uninhabited.
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The capital of the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, is located on the island of St. Thomas.
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Brief Virgin Island History
The Caribs were stronger than the original Arawak Indians and had overran them by the 15th century.
Christopher Columbus visited the islands on his second voyage, in 1493, and named them after St Ursula and the virgin martyrs associated with her.
Denmark colonised St. Thomas in 1666, and The Danish West Indies Company controlled the group until Frederick V, King of Denmark, bought the islands in 1755.
Great Britain blockaded St. Thomas during the Napoleonic Wars, but the island was soon returned to Denmark.
The sugar cane economy nose-dived after the abolition of slavery in 1848, and in 1917 the United States finally bought the Danish West Indies for $25 million; twenty times that was spent by tourists in 1986.
The Lesser Antilles
Located in the Lesser Antilles chain of the West Indies, east of Puerto Rico, the three main islands of USVI are St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix; each with an unique character of its own.
If you are a US citizen and wish to travel to the US Virgin Islands no passport is required as it is a US Territory.
The two major airports in the US Virgin Islands are Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) on St. Croix.
The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) owns and manages the two airports in the United States Virgin Islands.
Fun things to do in the US Virgin Islands range from a few hours kayaking through the mangroves and snorkelling around historic Hassel Island in the Virgin Islands National Park, to a full-day tour of the beautiful island of St. Thomas aboard an open safari truck.
From world-class hotels and resorts to cosy inns, charming bed & breakfasts and stylish villa rentals there's bound to be an ideal accommodation to suit your budget and taste in the US Virgin Islands.
Whether you’re looking to explore the culture and history of St. Croix, kick back on St. John, or discover the cosmopolitan island of St. Thomas, the perfect U.S. Virgin Islands hotel awaits you.
Boasting one of the best natural, deepwater harbours in the Caribbean, St. Thomas also offers stunning views of the Caribbean from Crown Mountain.
As one of the most visited ports in the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie has its fair share of elegant dining options, exciting nightlife, and duty-free shopping.
The Westin Beach Resort at Frenchman's Reef: 5 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
An award-winning Caribbean resort, Frenchman's Reef Marriott Resort in St.Thomas, USVI offers guests an affordable luxury experience in an incredible location; complete with infinity pool and some of the best dining in St Thomas.
Guests at the The Westin Beach Resort at Frenchman's Reef liked the tasty breakfast and wonderful staff; when they weren't out shopping.
St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan of the US Virgin Islands, yet it still retains the distinctive atmosphere of a Caribbean paradise.
For families or couples, St. Thomas is packed with opportunities for smiles and surprise.
St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Iislands, is a lovely, relaxed Caribbean vacation destination.
St. Croix's Danish influence can be felt in the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted; with their quaint shops and pastel-coloured buildings a fine sight for tourist eyes.
Sunny beaches abound on this wonderful Caribbean paradise; of which all are accessible to the public, including the ones at resorts.
They may charge a fee for use of some beach facilities and on private property there may be certain restrictions but St. Croix Beaches are all for public enjoyment according to St. Croix law.
St. Croix beaches USVI are considered some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and there’s a good reason why. You can find fine soft white sand to sink your toes into, warm crystal-clear turquoise waters, and intimate, secluded coves surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.
St. Croix dive sites are amongst the best in the Caribbean for both amateur and professional divers alike.
It might just be the greatest variety of diving on offer. After all, where else can you dive a reef, shipwreck, pier, and wall; all in the same day?
With so many gorgeous places to stay in St Croix, you'll never want to leave.
Tamarind Reef Resort: 5001 Tamarind Reef, Christiansted, US Virgin Islands.
Located on a spectacular snorkelling beach, the Tamarind Reef Resort is a 40-acre property with seaside swimming pool, four tennis courts, a lovely 154-slip marina and an indulgent spa.
Guests at the Tamarind Reef Hotel enjoyed the stunning pool, fantastic bar and superb dining.
Villa Margarita: 22 Salt River Rd, Christiansted, US Virgin Islands.
If you're looking to escape the crowded resorts and overdeveloped islands, staying at a private beachfront villa might be the right choice for you.
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Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark and the United States all played a role in shaping St. Croix.
Rich in cultural diversity, St. Croix has a past filled with a fascinating history; a tranquil tropical destination for vacationers, honeymooners, meeting attendees and adventure-seeking scuba divers.
Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year.
Kent and Dawn Vreeland liked St. Croix so much that after a rum-filled evening looking at the beautiful views they decided to buy a property on St. Croix.
They now try to help tourists discover St.Croix through their website.
On the smallest of the Virgin Islands, nature takes care of itself.
Virgin Islands National Park is comprised of 7,259 acres of terrestrial habitat. The park also includes 5,650 acres of adjacent submerged lands.
Go beyond Virgin Islands National Park's stunning white-sand beaches.
Hike to historic plantation sites to learn about a challenging past when sugar and enslaved labor dominated life on the island.
Visit the Indigenous Taino's ancient petroglyphs.
Snorkel coral reefs to discover hidden marine life.
Even if you can only visit the island for a day, its stunning views and beaches (Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay) will make the effort rewarding.
Just a short walk from the public ferry dock, heading north a couple of blocks on route 20, the Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open daily from 8:00 to 16:30.
Gallows Point Resort: 3 AAA Gallows Point Road, Saint John, US Virgin Islands.
Nestled on a beautifully landscaped tropical peninsula and surrounded by the blue, pristine waters of the Caribbean, Gallows Point Resort is the ideal blend of luxurious living in perfect harmony with St. John's spectacular natural beauty.
Guests at the Gallows Point Resort liked the good-sized beds and its great location; good for shopping.
Though it is the smallest of the three U.S Virgin Islands, the unspoiled beauty of St. John is perhaps the greatest found anywhere in the Caribbean.
With two-thirds of the island designated as a national park, St. John has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, like the much-beloved Trunk Bay; renowned for its crystal sands and underwater nature trail.
Established in 1972, the St John Tradewinds is dedicated to providing community-focused news for St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Visiting The Virgin Islands
Although the U.S. Virgin Islands is a year-round destination, the best deals on hotels and attractions may be found during the summer months.
Avoid sunscreens that contain the 'Toxic 3 Os' of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands.
Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA.
Cruise ships visiting the US Virgin Islands dock at the West Indian Company and Crown Bay facilities in St. Thomas, and at the Fredriksted Pier in St. Croix.
In St. Thomas ships also drop anchor in the outer or inner harbour, sending tenders to shuttle passengers to and from Charlotte Amalie (Waterfront) Pier.
Ships also drop anchor in Cruz Bay, St. John and tender passengers to the Pier.
Carnival in St Thomas pulsates during the month of April. First staged in 1912, during the final years of Danish occupation, Carnival was revived in 1952; after lapsing during World War I.
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