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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 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 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 IslandsRenaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 

Estate Davis Bay
Kingshill 00851
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $229 - $309 / night

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Location. Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa is located on the beach in Kingshill, close to Mount Eagle, Cane Bay, and Carambola Golf Club. Carl and Marie Lawaetz Museum is also a point of interest near this spa resort. Resort Features. Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. The resort serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a spa tub and a fitness facility. The property's… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsMarriott's Frenchman's Cove 

7338 Estate Bakkeroe
St Thomas 00802-3011
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $297 - $729 / night

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Location. Marriott's Frenchman's Cove is located on the beach in St. Thomas, close to Morningstar Beach, Magens Bay, and Emancipation Garden. Other points of interest near this hotel include Fort Christian and Blackbeard's Castle. Hotel Features. Dining options at Marriott's Frenchman's Cove include 4 restaurants. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a children's club. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

U.S. Virgin IslandsWindward Passage Hotel 

Veterans Drive Charlotte Amali
Po Box 640
St Thomas 00804
U.S. Virgin Islands

Price (US$): $299 - $349 / night

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Location. Windward Passage Hotel is located in St. Thomas's Charlotte Amalie neighborhood, close to St. Thomas Synagogue, Fort Christian, and Emancipation Garden. Nearby points of interest also include Blackbeard's Castle and Magens Bay. Hotel Features. Windward Passage Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon. This… 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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