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Travel Information

Excursions

St Croix 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

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

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...

St Croix

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...

Christiansted

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...

Charlotte Amalie

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...

Tourist Information

Embassies & Consulates St Thomas: Danish, T7741780. Dominican Republic, T7752640. Dutch, T7760656. Finnish, T7766666. French, T7744663. Norwegian, T7761780. Swedish, T7761900. St Croix: Dutch, T7737100. Norwegian, T7737100. Local Tourist Office St Thomas: Very good tourism information centre and hospitality centre (to hold packages etc) behind the...

Communication

Telephone Services Local telephone calls within the USVI from coin-operated phones are US$0.25 for each five minutes. Privately owned payphones charge for local calls, even 800 numbers. Vitelco does not make extra charges. Radio Shack offers pre-paid cellular service, T7775644, 7741314, so does Cellular One, bring your own phone or buy one of theirs, US$0....

Getting Around

Air There are lots of flights between St Croix and St Thomas. Seaborne Aviation (T7736442) has a daily service between Christiansted Harbour and Charlotte Amalie, nine times a day, arriving at the dock in 18 minutes, US$55 one way for non-VI residents. St Thomas: The Cyril E King (STT) airport; the taxi stand is at the far left end of the new terminal, a...

Getting There

Air From the USA: Tthere are scheduled flights to St Croix and/or St Thomas with American Airlines (Baltimore, Boston, Miami, New York), Delta (Atlanta, Detroit, New York), United Airlines (Chicago, Washington DC), Continental (New York), US Air (Philadelphia). From Europe: There are no direct flights, connections can be made via Miami or Puerto Rico, St...

Before Travelling

Climate The climate in the Virgin Islands is very pleasant, with the trade winds keeping the humidity down. The average temperature varies little between winter (25°C or 77°F) and summer (28°C or 82°F). Average annual rainfall is 40ins. On 17 September 1989, Hurricane Hugo ripped across St Croix causing damage or destruction to 90% of the buildings and...