Tuesday, August 4, 2020

U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)

Photo Credit: Josh Duncan

The U.S. Virgin Islands consists of three islands: St Croix, St John, and St Thomas.
  • Coolest Season: January
  • Humid & Hottest: June - August
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: Mid April - Mid December

Hurricane Season is June - November, their impact usually occurs between September - October.

  • A precious resource on the islands is water. Do your part to help conserve it during your visit!
  • Don't take shells, coral, or other marine life from the water as they are part of a fragile, threatened ecosystem. Only pick up shells from the beach.

  • In 1916, the U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million with interest in a submarine base to protect Panama Canal interests.
  • In 1927, became unincorporated U.S. territory.
  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus was greeted Carib Tribe with shooting arrows. Upon his retreat, he named (St Croix) Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).
  • Until 1671, St Thomas was largely uncolonized with only a few stopover pirates and settlers.
  • In 1694, Denmark finally claimed St. John.
  • In 1867, St Thomas was struck by an earthquake, a hurricane, and a 27-ft tsunami.
  • In 1956, Laurence Rockefeller donated his land owned to the U.S. with the stipulation it must be protected from development.
  • In 2000, the first casino opened Divi Carina Bay Resort (St Croix).

Fun Facts
  • The islands are part of the Leeward Islands, Islands of the Lesser Antilles chain.
  • Cruise ships visit St Thomas more than any other Caribbean Island. Averaging four to seven ships per day. There's no cruise ship dock on St John.
  • While rum manufacturing is significant, Tourism remains its primary economic source.
  • Christopher Columbus named the islands for Saint Ursula and her virgin followers.
  • For hundreds of years Denmark-Norway, France, Great Britain, and The Netherlands have fought to rule the islands.
  • St Croix is the largest and flattest terrain of the islands.
  • Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas) was named in honor of the wife of King Christian V of Denmark.
  • Virgin Islands are citizens of the U.S.; however, they can't vote in our Presidential elections. As a U.S. territory, they have one delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • In 1830, Camille Pissarro was born. An Impressionist Painter.
  • The "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" is hosted on September 19th annually (originated by St Croix) and has evolved to a global affair.
  • St John has no traffic lights.

Good to Know
  • Trade winds keep both the humidity and temperatures moderate most of the year.
  • The only U.S. jurisdiction to drive on the left side of the road.
  • Danish influence can be seen in the island's architecture.
  • These islands are prime sailing and yachting destinations.
  • Generous American duty-free allowance on merchandise and liquor.
  • You may be inspired to visit after watching: Four Season (1981) and The Big Blue (1988).
  • You may wish to read: The Pelican Brief (written by John Grisham and Adrift (written by Rebecca Hale).
  • Country music singer, Kenny Chesney has a home on St John.
  • "Blue Bitch", refers to a local building stone.
  • Coral World Ocean Park (St Thomas) has an underwater post-office box.
  • U.S. Citizens are not required to present a passport.

Why visit St Croix ("Twin City")?
For beautiful beaches, casinos, culture, diversity, duty-free shopping, endangered sea turtles, history, scuba diving, snorkeling, and water-sports. A popular Honeymoon destination!

Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Customs House, Fort Christianvaren, The Buck Island Reef National Monument, Government House and Steeple Building.
Museums: Apothecary Museum, Caribbean Museum Center for The Arts, Estate Whim Museum, Fort Frederik, Lawaetz Museum, Little La Grange Farm, Musée du Domaine Whim de Frederiksted, Myron G Danielson Post 85 and The House That Freedom Built.
Popular Attractions: Annaly Bay Tide Pools, Buck Island, Captain Morgan Visitors Center, Christiansted, Christiansted Harbor, Frederiksted, Cruzan Rum Distillery, Gallows Bay Dock, Mount Eagle, Point Udall, Reef Golf & Beach Resort, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge and St George Village Botanical Garden.
Special Events: AGRIFEST-St. Croix Agricultural & Food Fair (Mid February), St Croix Landmark Society (February-March), St Croix Food & Wine Experience (April), Emancipation Day (July), Crucian Christmas Festival (Mid December) and Three Kings' Day (Early January).

Why visit St John ("Love City")?
Ideal for affluent traveler featuring beautiful beaches, hiking, nature lovers, snorkeling, underwater nature trail, unspoiled landscapes, and tropical flora. Also, a popular honeymoon destination.

Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Annenberg Plantation and Catherineberg Ruins.
Popular Attractions: Bordeaux Mountain, Caneel, Cinnamon Bay, Coral Bay, Cruz Bay, Maho Bay, North Shore Road, Trunk Bay and Virgin Islands National Park.
Special Events: Valentine's Day Free Marriage & Vow Renewal Ceremony (February 14th), 8 Tuff Miles Race (End February), St. John Folklife Festival, St John Folklife Festival (Late Februrary), Wagapalooza (Late May), Beach to Beach Power Swim (End May), St John Festival (Early June - Early July), Annual Landsharks Love City Triathlon (Late Summer) and St John Christmas Music Festival (December).

Why visit St Thomas ("Rock City")?
One of the U.S. Virgin Island most developed offers beautiful beaches, culture, diving, duty-free shopping, golf, historical buildings, nightlife, and snorkeling. A cruise ship mega-hub with easy access to other surrounding Caribbean Islands.

Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Fort Christian and St Thomas Synagogue.
Museums: Fort Frederik, French Heritage Museum, Haagensen House Pirates Treasure Museum, Seven Arches Museum, St Thomas Historical Trust Museum, The Virgin Islands Children's Museum
Popular Attractions: Blackbeard's Castle, Charlotte Amalie, Coki Beach, Coral World Ocean Park, Crown Mountain, Drakes Seat, Magens Bay, Magens Bay Beach, Mahogony Run Golf Course and Mountain Top.
Special Events: University of the Virgin Islands: Afternoon on the Green (February or March), St. Thomas International Regatta (Late March - Early April), Carnival (Late April or Early May), Bastille Day (July 14th), Annual Texas Society Chili Cook-Off (August) and Basketball Tournaments (November).

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