Travel to Virgin Islands



travel-to-virgin-islandsThe U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. It was formerly known as the Danish West Indies. Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago. The islands natural resources are sun, sand, sea, and surf. If you are planning travel to Virgin Islands than you must know more about it as follows:

Climate
Tropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November. Has experienced several hurricanes in recent years as well as frequent and severe droughts and floods.

Terrain
Mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land. There are occasional earthquakes.

Highest point
Crown Mountain 474 m

Location
Is in an important location along the Anegada Passage – a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deep water harbors in the Caribbean

History
During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands’ economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848

Get around
Getting around any of the Virgin Islands is fairly easy. All of the islands have bus service and/or a regulated taxi service. Upon docking at Cruz Bay, taxis, rental cars, and scooters are available.

Talk
English is the official language but there is a local dialect. You may also find Spanish and French Creole being spoken.

Work
As a US territory, Americans can come here and work with no special visa. Foreigners must go through the rigorous process of obtaining a US work permit.

The economy is quite seasonal, based mostly around cruise ship calls, which taper off from May through September and peak in December and January.

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