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U.S. Virgin Islands

Background

U.S. Virgin Islands

During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

About

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. It was formerly known as the Danish West Indies. Together with the British Virgin Islands, to the northeast, the territory forms the Virgin Islands archipelago. The islands natural resources are sun, sand, sea, and surf.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin IslandsCaneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort 

North Shore Rd
St John 00831
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $351 - $882 / night

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Location. Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort is located on the beach in St. John, close to Caneel Bay, Hawksnest Beach, and Honeymoon Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Trunk Bay and Mongoose Junction. Resort Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a health club. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms, facials, and body treatments. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, and… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsThe Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas 

6900 Great Bay
St Thomas 00802
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $769 - $1059 / night

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Location. The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas is located on the beach in St. Thomas's Red Hook neighborhood, close to Secret Harbour Beach, Coki Beach, and Sapphire Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Lindquist Beach and Mangrove Lagoon. Resort Features. The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsThe Palms at Pelican Cove 

4126 La Grande Princess
Christiansted 00820
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $212 - $265 / night

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Location. The Palms at Pelican Cove is located in Christiansted, close to Protestant Cay, Fort Christiansvaern, and St. Croix Government House. Nearby points of interest also include Scale House and Holy Cross Catholic Church. Hotel Features. The Palms at Pelican Cove features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 3.5 star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. Complimentary… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsBest Western Plus Emerald Beach Resort 

8070 Lindbergh Bay
St Thomas 00802
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $318 - $319 / night

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Location. Best Western Plus Emerald Beach Resort is located on the beach in St. Thomas's Charlotte Amalie neighborhood, close to University of Virgin Islands, Emancipation Garden, and Fort Christian. Other points of interest near this resort include Blackbeard's Castle and St. Peter Greathouse Estate & Gardens. Resort Features. Best Western Plus Emerald Beach Resort features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsMarriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort 

5 Estate Bakkeroe
Po Box 7100
St Thomas 00802
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $409 - $820 / night

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Location. Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort is located near the beach in St. Thomas and close to Morningstar Beach, Magens Bay, and Emancipation Garden. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Fort Christian and Blackbeard's Castle. Resort Features. This resort offers both all inclusive and room only rates. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some… more »

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Full name
Virgin Islands of the United States
Capital
Charlotte Amalie
Location

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates

18 20 N, 64 50 W

Area comparative

twice the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

188 km

Climate

subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November

Terrain

mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Crown Mountain 474 m

Natural resources

sun, sand, sea, surf

Population

109,750 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census)

Religions

Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%

Languages

English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9% (2000 census)

Government type

NA

Independence

none (territory of the US)

National holiday

Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 31 March (1917)

Chief of state

President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009)

Head of government

Governor John DeJONGH (since 1 January 2007)

Internet country code

.vi

Internet users

30,000 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, Cruz Bay, Frederiksted, Limetree Bay

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