Planning a destination wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway to the U.S. Virgin Islands? We dug up seven fun fast facts to make your trip to this culturally rich area even more intriguing!
Four, Not Three! The United States Virgin Islands actually consists of four islands (not three!): Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas and, the lesser-known residential Water Island, which is also the smallest. Saint Croix is the largest by both square miles and population.
AKA:The three largest islands are also known as “Twin City” (St. Croix), “Love City” (St. John), and “Rock City” (St. Thomas). The combined area of these three main islands is about two times the size of Washington, D.C.
Temperate All Year Long: With low humidity and minimal seasonal change, the USVI have an amazing subtropical climate. On average, the summer and winter temperatures vary only by about five degrees Fahrenheit, with a short rainy season from September to November.
Underwater National Park: Rated one of the best snorkeling locations in the Caribbean, the Underwater Trail in Trunk Bay, St. John is marked with underwater signs and is easily accessible to swimmers of all levels.
A Shopping Mecca Since 1607! Before arriving in present-day Virginia, the Jamestown settlers stopped off in Charlotte Amalie in 1607 to stock up on supplies. Today, “the Duty-Free Capital of the World” has more jewelry shops and perfume vendors than anywhere else in the Caribbean and is known for its outdoor Vendors’ Plaza.
Stay to the Left: The USVI is the only place in the United States where you drive on the left side of the road.Despite being considered a part of the U.S., a few European customs are still followed today.
Water Everywhere! The only US Territory to be bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the USVI is a watersports-lover’s heaven! Being surrounded by all that water means there’s a plethora of water activities to chose from including diving, sailing, kayaking, sport fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing and kite boarding.
For even more information about the United States Virgin Islands, visit VisitUSVI.com.