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view of the Islands of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Panoramic view of Charlotte Amalie and Saint Thomas' natural harbor known as "Taphus", US Virgin Islands.
Image: © Sunil Pereira
 
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Location map of the Virgin Islands. Where in the Caribbean are the Virgin Islands?
Location map of the Virgin Islands
 
Destination US Virgin Islands, a virtual travel guide to America's Caribbean Paradise. The group of islands and islets are part of the Lesser Antilles located in the eastern Caribbean, 63 km (39 mi) east of Puerto Rico and 1,770 km (1100 mi) southeast of Miami.


The three main islands are the hilly, volcanic islands of St. Thomas and St. John, which border the North Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, and St. Croix in south, the largest island of USVI is entirely in the Caribbean Sea. The archipelago has a combined land area of 347 km² (134 sq mi). Highest point is Crown Mountain on Saint Thomas at 474 m (1555 ft).

Moderated by easterly trade winds, the Virgin Islands enjoy a pleasant tropical climate with relatively low humidity.

The islands are home to about 107,000 people, its population is made up of 76% Afro-Caribbean/Black and 16% White people. Spoken languages are predominantly English and English creole, others are Spanish, French and French creole.

Other neighboring islands are Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
 

US Virgin Islands

Country Profile




Background:
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.

Today tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 30% of the local GDP and 27% of employment (in 2014 official website). The islands host about 2.5 million visitors a year, four-fifth of them visit on cruise ships.

Related countries: USA, UK, and Denmark
 








Official Name:
United States Virgin Islands
short form: Virgin Islands
former: Danish West Indies

ISO Country Code: vi

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sun-Dec-11  00:12

Country Calling Code: +1 340

Capital City: Charlotte Amalie (on St. Thomas)

Other Towns: Frederiksted and Christiansted on St. Croix.

Government: Organized, unincorporated territory of the USA with policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior.

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico.
Area: 347 km² (133 sq mi)
Terrain: Mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land.

Climate: subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November.

People:
Nationality: Virgin Islander(s)
Population: 106,000 (2010 census)
Ethnic Groups: black 75%, white 13%, Asian 2%, other 6%, mixed 4%
Religions: Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian
Languages: English 76%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 17%, French or French Creole 7%
Literacy: NA

Natural resources: Sun, sand, sea, surf

Agriculture products: Fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle.

Industries: Tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics.

Exports partners: USA, Puerto Rico

Imports partners: USA, Puerto Rico

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

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Official Sites of US Virgin Islands

The Government of the United States Virgin Islands
Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Office of the Governor

Senate of the US Virgin Islands
Legislature of the US Virgin Islands.


U.S. Embassies around the world
U.S. representations in foreign countries, links to the American embassies.



Maps

Map of Virgin Islands
Political map of the Virgin Islands.
profile Map of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Reference map of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Virgin Islands Maps
Map based Virgin Islands website.
Google Earth Google Earth Virgin Islands
Searchable satellite view of Virgin Islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Charlotte Amalie
Searchable map/satellite view of US Virgin Islands' capital.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

 

News

Virgin Islands Daily News
Virgin Islands Newspaper.

Island News and information
St. Thomas Source
St. Croix Source
St. John Source
 

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Arts & Culture

Caribbean Island Art & Soul
Artists at Caribbean Museum Center. 
Reichhold Center for the Arts
Culture and performance center on the island of St. Thomas.
 
US Virgin Islands - St John
Leinster Bay and Water Lemon Cay, St. John
© Photo: Don Hebert

Business & Economy


St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce
Official site of the Chamber of Commerce.

U.S. Virgin Islands Yellow Pages


Transport
Cape Air
With a fleet of over 50 Cessna 402's Cape Air serves destinations at Cape & Islands, in the Caribbean, Key West and South Florida and Micronesia.
 
 
Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Destination US Virgin Islands - Travel and Tour Guides


Discover US Virgin Islands: America's Caribbean Paradise, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond Bay, Crown Mountain, Coki Beach.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, boating, cruising, kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, submarine rides and much more.

Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Official travel guide for St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas.

United States Virgin Islands Tourist, Vacation and Business Guide
St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John: America's Caribbean Paradise.

Virtual VI Guide to St. John
All about the island of St. John.

Virtual VI Guide to St. Thomas
Site about the island of St. Thomas.


Coral World
Ocean Park a tourist attraction in St. Thomas.  
 

Education

UVI Libraries
Site of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Libraries.

University of the Virgin Islands
A liberal arts, land-grant institution with campuses at St. Croix and St. Thomas.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Virgin Islands National Park
Virgin Islands National Park covers approximately 3/5 of St. John, and nearly all of Hassel Island in the Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas.
Virgin Islands National
A comprehensive guide to St John and the National Park.
 
 

History

Virgin Islands - History and Geography
Brief VI history at Congresswoman Donna Christian-Christensen site.
Virgin Islands Digital Collection
Sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture at UVI Libraries.
Virgin Islands History
Danish National Archives' website on the history of the Danish West Indies, 1671-1917.

 
 

Additional Information on US Virgin Islands


LANIC US Virgin Islands

Open Directory Project: US Virgin Islands

Wikipedia: US Virgin Islands

The World Factbook -- US Virgin Islands

 
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Other Political Divisions of the United States:
US States | American Samoa | Guam | Northern Mariana Island | Puerto Rico

Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico
| Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad and Tobago
 
 
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