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The Virgin Islands are made up of 60 islands many of stunning beauty and with lots of island hoping ferries and day trips, you can explore them to your hearts content. See images below to explore the top Virgin Islands resorts.
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The US Virgin Islands are Caribbean islands, which sit in-between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean and have an area of 135 square kilometres. The islands contain a total of around 120,000 people, who are mainly of African, US, Puerto Rican and Danish descent and Catholic, Baptist and Episcopalian religion. The inhabitants speak Spanish, English, French and Castilian and make their living from first and foremost tourism and oil refining trading mainly with Puerto Rico and the USA.

Back in the 17th century, these three islands were divided into two territorial divisions, one being Danish and the other being English. During the early 18th and 19th centuries, sugarcane was the US Virgin Islands’ main profit maker, with slaves being made to work in the fields for many hours per day. In 1917, the United States bought the Danish section of the islands, which, after the 1848 abolition of slavery, was under much financial distress.

The most popular of the 60 islands are St Croix, St Thomas and St John, each with its own interests. St Croix is the biggest but the farthest away, so less travelers flood this island, unless they come by ship from the islands’ ports, to see St Croix’s historical structures and artifacts, modern shopping malls and snorkeling and diving regions. The island of St Thomas is a true tropical paradise filled with many stunning white, sandy beaches, surfing opportunities and its capital of Charlotte Amalie, is a very pretty region, which is very americanised with lots of trendy shops and cafes. The island of St John, the baby of the three islands, is a hikers haven, full of natural wilderness, whose National Park, is interestingly half on land and half underwater, with many walking trails and various tranquil beaches, where visitors can enjoy a bit of windsurfing.

Most people get from island to island by boat, with regular ferries traveling between all three islands. The ferries on St Thomas set off from Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie to St John Island and to reach St Croix, there is a seaplane, which fly’s to the island regularly, taking only 20 minutes each way. Once on an island, car hire is a good way to travel about, especially by jeep for those far out places. The bus service is slow but safe on St Thomas and St Croix, with a small bus service running frequently on St John. Visitors will also never be short of a taxi on any of the islands, which will take tourists wherever they please at a set rate, decided upon by the amount of passengers in the cab.

Flying to the US Virgin Islands is direct from the USA, with flights from Europe having to connect in San Juan or Miami. Passengers will usually land in St Thomas first and then carry on to St Croix. The high time for tourists is usually from December to May, so to avoid the crowds, travelers are best arriving before or after this period, which is also when accommodation prices fall dramatically.

Economy of Virgin Islands:
The economy of the Virgin Islands has been largely based on tourism and related activities since the 1960s, when the tourism industry began to take off. With its white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and year-round warm climate, the US Virgin Islands have become a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world. In addition to tourism, the economy is supported by traditional industries such as fishing, agriculture, and light manufacturing.

The US Virgin Islands have a thriving tourism industry. The islands are home to a number of resorts, hotels, and restaurants, as well as a range of attractions including beaches, lagoons, parks, and historic sites. In addition, the islands are popular for sailing, snorkeling, and other water-based activities. The US Virgin Islands are a popular cruise ship destination, and many of the major cruise lines have regular stops in the islands.

Agriculture is also an important part of the economy, with small family-run farms producing a variety of food, including vegetables, fruits, spices, and livestock. The islands are also home to a number of light manufacturing companies, which produce items such as furniture and apparel.

The US Virgin Islands also benefit from a number of incentives offered by the US government, which make the islands an attractive place to do business. These incentives include tax benefits, as well as favorable labor laws and regulations. As a result, the US Virgin Islands are home to a number of international companies, including pharmaceutical companies, banks, and oil and gas firms.

Overall, the economy of the US Virgin Islands is diverse and vibrant, and it continues to grow and develop. The islands’ strategic location in the Caribbean and its strong infrastructure make it an attractive place to invest and do business. With its combination of tourism, traditional industries, and international business, the US Virgin Islands is well-positioned to continue to thrive in the future.

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