United States Virgin Islands
Welcome to United States Virgin Islands
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Need To Know
- Pirates were a big deal here in the late 1600s. A few of the notables include Captain Kidd, Tempest Rogers and Black Sam Bellamy.
- There are two bioluminescent bays in the US Virgin Islands: Salt River Bay and Altona Lagoon. A local tour guide can best help you see these glowing marine plankton and jellyfish.
- Tiny Water Island, off the south coast of Saint Thomas, recently joined the USVI’s three main islands. It’s just 492 acres and gets its name from its many freshwater ponds.
- Quelbe folk music originated in the US Virgin Islands. Islanders call it “scratch band music” and players use all manner of household objects (anything that can be “scratched up”) to tell stories through music.
- The second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere is in Charlotte Amalie. The Synagogue of Saint Thomas was built in 1833 and sits on a hill in the center of town.
The United States Virgin Islands’ official language is English.
When To Go
The best time to go to Turks and Caicos is April and May, when the prices are lower and the crowds are fewer. Hurricane season runs June to November.
Rohlsen International Airport, St. Croix
Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas
No passport required for US citizens
Visa Required By US Citizen?
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting the United States Virgin Islands: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.
Power plugs and sockets: types A and B. Standard voltage: 110V. Frequency: 60Hz.
Official local currency: United States Dollar
The best way to get around in the United States Virgin Islands is by rental car or taxi. Ferries run between St. Thomas and St. John.
A valid US driver’s license is required.
US Embassy Info
Local Visitor Info
US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
St. Thomas 00802
Tel: +1 340-774-8784
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
General Emergency: 911
Safety and Security
Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occasionally occur. Do not leave valuable unattended and avoid walking along, particularly at night.
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