US Virgin Islands
The three principal islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. St. Croix is the largest and lies 45 miles south of St. Thomas - capital Charlotte Amalie - in the Caribbean Sea. St. John, 2/3 of which is a national park, is three miles east of St. Thomas.
Named after the legendary St. Ursula and her beautiful 11,000 Virgins,...
St. Croix, the largest (84 sq mls) is the easternmost Atlantic point of the United States and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. St. Thomas (32 sq mls) and St. John (19 sq mls) are next to each other 35 mls north of St. Croix. They lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Highest points above sea level are: Mt. Eagle St. Croix 1,165...
St. Croix has two tourist information offices. One is in Christiansted, the other in Frederiksted. Both are located close to the forts of each city. Their mailing addresses are:
St. CroixTourist Information Office
Frederiksted Custom House Building
Strand St., Frederiksted, St. Croix
United States Virgin Islands 00840
St. Croix: Banco Popular of Puerto Rico. Bank of Nova Scotia. Bank of St. Croix. Chase Manhattan Bank. Virgin Islands Community. First Bank of Puerto Rico. Merrill Lynch. Charles Schwab.
St. John: Bank of Nova Scotia. Chase Manhattan Bank.
St. Thomas: Banco Popular of Puerto Rico. Bank of Nova Scotia. Citibank. Chase Manhattan Bank. Virgin Islands...
Bohlke International Airways.
Continental Connections (Gulfstream).
Four Star Aviation (Commercial).
Seaborne Aviation Inc.
US Airways. Vieques Airlink.
Restaurants available: Continental. Chinese. French. Scandinavian. Steak houses. Mexican/Tex-Mex. Mediterranean. Thai. Vegetarian. Italian. Gratuity is 15% is most restaurants.
St. Croix: Jazz, disco, calypso/reggae, Latin and rock 'n roll nightclubs. Karaoke. Cultural entertainment: Steel pan music, limbo dancing, and street mini...
Agriculture was long the staple of the economy, cattle and sugar the main activities, and today there are the ruins of numerous sugar plantations with their Great Houses and windmills.
Estate Whim is restored to the way it was under Danish rule in the 1700s and is well worth a visit; it is a beautiful oblong building housing a museum of the period...
St Thomas rises out of the sea to a range of hills that runs down its spine. The highest peak, Crown Mountain, is 1,550ft. On St Peter Mountain, 1,500ft, is a viewpoint at Mountain Top.
Various scenic roads can be driven such as Skyline Drive (Route 40), from which both sides of the island can be seen simultaneously, and Mafolie Road (Route 35) that leaves...
St John is covered with steep hills and is hot. The roads are steep and rocky and require four-wheel drive to get to many places. A drive from Cruz Bay across to Coral Bay is a worthwhile experience and allows you to appreciate how much land is owned by the park, though there is not much in Coral Bay.
Skinny Legs is where the old hippies and liveaboard...
At the east of the island, St Croix is rocky and arid terrain, the west is higher, wetter and forested. Columbus thought that St Croix looked like a lush garden when he first saw it during his second voyage in 1493. He landed at Salt River on the north coast, which has now been approved as a national park encompassing the landing site as well as the rich...
The old town square and waterfront area of Christiansted, the old Danish capital, still retain the colourful character of the early days. Overhanging second-floor balconies designed by the Danes to shade the streets serve as cool arcades for shoppers. Red-roofed pastel houses built by early settlers climb the hills overlooking Kings Wharf and there is an...
The harbour at Charlotte Amalie capital of St Thomas and also of the entire USVI, still bustles with colour and excitement, although the harbour area can be a startling contrast for the visitor arriving by sea from the British Virgin Islands. As the Fort Christian Museum puts it, “Oversized, architecturally inappropriate buildings have marred the scenic...
Charlotte Amalie is packed with duty free shops & shoppers of all description. If you want to shop seriously, then this is the cheapest island of the three and has the largest selection. Nevertheless it is a good idea to have done your research at home and know what you want to buy.
NB The prices you see on the shelves of supermarkets and what you are...
Scattered around Cruz Bay and concentrated in Wharfside Village and Mongoose Junction are shops selling souvenirs, arts and crafts and jewellery. Right in the Park is Sparkey’s, selling newspapers, paperbacks, film, cold drinks, gifts. The St John Drug Center Inc, open 7 days a week.
For groceries: Starfish Market and Marina Market in Cruz Bay, Joe’s...
St Croix Leap (Life and Environmental Arts Project, PO Box 245, Frederiksted, T7720421), on Route 76, the Paved Rain Forest Rd, is a non-profit woodworking centre, from which the artefacts may be bought direct. They take orders for custom made work and will ship finished work, anything from totem poles to salad servers in a variety of woods. Many Hands, Pan...