U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: U.S. Virgin Islands

Where is it?: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

Why do people go here?: More the haunt of yacht goers with deep pockets and time to kill than backpackers, but its proximity to the United States makes the Virgin Isles a popular getaway.

What are the main entry points?: Flights from the US are numerous.

Currency used: US dollar (USD)

Country Code: 1-340

Religion: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%

Population: 100,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 78%, white 10%, other 12%. West Indian 81% (49% born in the Virgin Islands and 32% born elsewhere in the West Indies), US mainland 13%, Puerto Rican 4%, other 2%

Government: Unincorporated, organized territory

Languages: English (official), Spanish, Creole

Travel Information

Major Cities: Charlotte Amalie

Attractions: Yachting, Proximity to the US, Beaches

Accommodation: Virgin Islands Hostels, Virgin Islands Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: US Virgin Islands- Division of Tourism St. Croix P.O. Box 4538 Christiansted, USVI 00822 +1-809-773-0495;; FAX +1-809-778-9259; www.usvi.net

Health Issues: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Summertime is balmy, but with better diving and less tourists.

Specific Events/Holidays: Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March (1917)

Getting Around: Boats are the best way to move between the islands, and renting a car is the best way to get around on them.

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are two international airports serving U.S. Virgin Islands. These are Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport and Cyril E. King International Airport. Choose the airport that is near your trip destination to obtain cheaper flights.

Need more information?: Check out the U.S. Virgin Islands travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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