Places in US Virgin Islands

Top events in US Virgin Islands

April
10

Conceived as a way for local restaurateurs to showcase their menus, the annual Taste of St Croix is one of the most popular culinary events on the...

May
01

This gruelling event sees athletes compete in a multi-disciplinary race which includes a 2km (1.24 miles) swim, a 90km (56 miles) biking course,...

July
17

Home to a large community of French descendents who came to St Thomas from the French Caribbean island of St Barthelemy, the island marks Bastille...

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US Virgin Islands Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

346 sq km (134 sq miles).

Population

104,737 (2013).

Population density

302.7 per sq km.

Capital

Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas).

Government

US External Territory (Unincorporated). Gained a measure of self-government in 1954. Although US Virgin Islands residents are US citizens, they cannot vote in presidential elections - one elected delegate represents the islands in the US House of Representatives. The 1954 Organic Act created an elected 15-member Senate for the islands. Since 1970, executive authority has been vested in an elected governor who serves a four-year term.

Head of state

President Barack Obama since 2009.

Head of government

Governor John de Jongh since 2007.

Electricity

115 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins (with or without round grounding pin) are used.

The result of the US Virgin Islands' history and location is a unique blend of Danish heritage and American modernity combined with a relaxed and friendly attitude typical of the Caribbean. Add to this miles of glistening beaches, first-class diving facilities and verdant tropical vegetation, and there is more than enough to seduce any visitor.

The Danes' legacy is evident in Christiansted, on the largest island, St Croix, whose historic sites include Fort Christiansværn (dating from 1774) and the Old Custom House. St Thomas too retains much of its Danish influence; in the capital, Charlotte Amalie, converted warehouses now house stylish boutiques. Those seeking unspoilt natural beauty should head to St John. With no airport, and two-thirds of the island's deep valleys set aside as a national park, this is an ideal Caribbean retreat.

Travel Advice

Most visits to the US Virgin Islands are trouble-free but visitors should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tel: 020 7008 1500.
Website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

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