The U.S. Virgin Islands is made up of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. St. Croix has diverse landscapes along with its rich collection of historical ruins amid sugar plantations. St. Croix’s two major towns are Christiansted and Frederiksted.
At the southwestern tip of the island Sandy Point offers tranquil waters and miles of white sands; it is also a nesting place for endangered leatherback and green sea turtles. Diving and snorkelling are excellent at the 47 dive sites around St. Croix. Deep-sea fishing, parasailing, and skydiving are also available.
Two-thirds of St. John is a national park maintained by the U.S. National Park Service. You can enjoy St. John’s natural beauty by embarking on trail hikes, coastal walks, snorkelling excursions and kayaking trips. Here you will find world-famous Trunk Bay Beach, the site of the National Park’s underwater snorkel trail. Cinnamon Bay is also a popular favourite. Smaller and quieter is Hawksnest Beach, another good choice for snorkelling.
St. Thomas is home to a bustling duty-free port, Charlotte Amalie. In St. Thomas you will find some of the most sophisticated restaurants in the Caribbean, featuring everything from local Caribbean dishes to French and Continental cuisine. When it comes to nightlife and culture, there’s always something going on in St. Thomas. The island is a thriving arts centre, with plays, concerts, and art exhibitions year round. Spend the evenings dancing till dawn at a nightclub, listening to tunes at a piano bar, or just hanging out at a local watering hole.
New Year’s Day (01Jan); Three Kings’ Day (06Jan); Martin Luther King Day (19Jan); Presidents’ Day (14Feb); Holy Thursday (24Mar); Good Friday (25Mar); Easter Monday (28Mar); Memorial Day (23May); Danish West Indies Emancipation Day (03Jul); US Independence Day (04Jul); Hurricane Supplication Day (25Jul); Labor Day (05Sep); Columbus Day (11Oct); Virgin Islands Thanksgiving Day (17Oct); D Hamilton Jackson Day (01Nov); Veterans’ Day (11Nov); US Thanksgiving Day (24Nov); Christmas Day (25Dec).
Passports for U.S. Citizens are not required for the U.S. Virgin Islands, but you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving (such as a birth certificate and photo ID). Citizens of countries other than the U.S. should follow U.S. travel regulations. Travel outside the U.S. Virgin Islands requires a birth certificate or valid passport. Health certificates are not required if you're entering from the U.S. or Puerto Rico; citizens entering from other countries should follow the same guidelines as for the mainland U.S.
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Area
347.1 sq km (134 sq miles)
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Capital
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Currency
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Head of state
President Barack H. Obama
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Language
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Population
108,708 (2005 estimate)
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Status
Territory of the US
Virgin Islands (U.S.) Telephone codes