US Virgin Islands
(Virgin Islands of the United States, USVI)
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- Capital: Charlotte Amalie
- Language(s): English, French
- Total Area: 347 sq km
- Population: 110,575
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Rum punch is by far the most popular.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: Not available
- Most Popular Drink(s): Rum, beers, wines
The United States Virgin Islands is unique in the sense that it is a territory of the United States of America but it has an unincorporated status. Located in the eastern portion of the Greater Antilles and is not too far from Puerto Rico, a state in free association with the United States. The United States Virgin Islands is an archipelago of three large islands and around 50 smaller ones (islets). In addition to these, there are some cays scattered around too. Many of these geographical formations do not have any permanent residents. Charlotte Amalie (which is also the largest settlement) is the capital city and is located on Saint Thomas Island. Of all the islands, the largest in area is Saint Croix (while Saint John is the smallest) and you will be impressed with the encircling coral reefs. With a soothing tropical climate and beautiful vegetation, it comes as little surprise that many tourists always include the United States Virgin Islands in their itinerary.
It was more of a pleasant surprise to discover that around four-fifths of the islanders had African roots or a mixed heritage. Those from the neighboring Spanish communities (Latin American nations) and North America form the other ethnolinguistic communities. In various parts of the United States Virgin Islands, English is widely spoken and in other communities, you will hear French, Spanish and Creole. Many of the islanders are engaged in tourism, manufacturing and fishing, contributing to the local economy.
Staying on these islands means you have access to international cuisine and the rates are pretty affordable. Conch in butter sauce is one of the most popular preparations and you also have to taste the delicious and spicy chicken roti.
- Tourists can take time to scuba dive and explore shipwrecks off the coast.
- Delicious mangoes are specially cultivated.
- Sportsfishing is allowed on the islands.
- Although small, there is actually a national park that vacationers and tourists can always visit while on a majestic tour of the islands while on a majestic tour of the islands.
- The islands were named Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgenes by Christopher Columbus and it is believed that he did so in order to honor St. Ursula and the thousands of martyred virgins.
- The United States Virgin Islands is just a ferry ride from the British Virgin Islands.
- Initially, the United States Virgin Islands belonged to the Danes and the United States had to purchase them.
- There is a United States military base on Saint Thomas.
- The United States Virgin Islands were said to have been discovered by Christopher Columbus.
- Virgin Islanders are citizens of the United States.
- Saint John is also called Love City.
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