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Home > Destinations > U.S. Virgin Islands > General Information

U.S. Virgin Islands - General Information

Capital: Charlotte Amalie

Climate: There are no great differences in seasonal temperature in U.S. Virgin Islands. There is less than a 5 degree Fahrenheit difference in temperature from winter to summer. Warmer days are cooled by pleasant trade winds.

Yahoo weather forecast for St. Thomas, USVI.

Coordinates: 18 20N, 64 50 W.

Currency: Currency is the U.S. dollar. Traveler's checks and major credit cards are honored. Need exchange rates? Try our currency converter.

Credit cards are accepted and have the additional feature that they can be used to obtain cash from ATMs if you have a PIN#. Since you can't be certain which card is accepted where, it's preferable to carry more than one card, if you have more than one.

ATMs are available in Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas) and Christiansted (St. Croix) and Cruz Bay (St. John).

Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles, the same as in North America.

Official Language: English.

Political Status: A territory of the United States.

Population: 108,612 (Census 2000).

Shopping: The U.S. Virgin Islands are a duty-free port, with no sales or luxury taxes on items such as watches, cameras, fine jewelry, china, and leather goods. Christiansted's King's Alley on St. Croix offers handmade goods and designer fashions. Mongoose Junction on St. John is a shopper's paradise, featuring jewelry, clothing, crafts, and artwork. Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas has been hailed as the best shopping port in the world. In short, you're sure to find unique, inexpensive shopping no matter what island you're on.

Time: The U.S. Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic standard time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern standard time (during daylight savings time only).

 
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