Caribbean Tourism

US Virgin Islands

Accommodation - St John

LL Caneel Bay Resort, PO Box 720, T7766111, F6938280, www.caneelbay.com Lots of packages available in a variety of rooms or cottages, 166-room resort built in the late 1950’s by Laurance Rockefeller, since 1993 managed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, several restaurants, bars, dress smartly after sunset, 11 all-weather tennis courts, complimentary...

Accommodation – St Croix

Best resorts LL Buccaneer, PO Box 25200, on Gallows Bay, north coast, T7732100, F7788215, www.thebuccaneer.com 132 luxury rooms, 340 acres, 3 beaches, sports including golf (see above), tennis, fitness centre, health spa, watersports centre, several restaurants, lots of packages available, and LL-L Sunterra Resorts Carambola Beach, on Davis Bay, PO Box 3031...

Accommodation

There is an 18% tax on all forms of accommodation in the US Virgin Islands. Hotels may also charge a US$1 per night Hotel Association charge and/or a 2½-3% energy tax. High season is mid-December to mid-April, but higher prices are sometimes into May despite lower hotel occupancy.

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...

The US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands The US Virgin Islands, in which the legacies of Danish ownership are very apparent, contain three main islands: St Thomas, St John and St Croix. There are 68 islands in all, that lie about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, although most of them are uninhabited. They have long been developed as holiday centres for US citizens and because of that are distinct...

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas

These islands, 60 miles east of Puerto Rico and under the American flag, are home to the Caribbean's largest commercial charter fleet, offering ferry rides, day sails, glass bottom boat and sunset cruises, deep sea fishing, crewed or bareboat power and sail boat charters. St. Croix, the largest, declares Danish ancestry with insignias on government...