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Welcome to US Virgin Islands on the Paradise Islands website. The USVI consist of three large isles of which the main one is Saint Thomas with it's capital Charlotte Amalie; a busy working port and one of the most popular cruise stopovers in the Caribbean.

Charlotte Amalie was named after a Danish Queen and the town has the best shopping opportunities in the USVI on the busy main street which full of quaint stores, together with the colourful harbour front lined with old Danish buildings. The other two large isles are Saint Croix and Saint John.

US Virgin Islands

 

There are seven main isles within the whole VI group which are divided in ownership between the United States (St Thomas, St Croix and St John) and the British (Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada). The US and British Virgins lie just a few miles apart and around 90 miles east of Puerto Rico within a larger group known as the Caribbean Leewards. The USVI covers an area of some 134 square miles with a population of around 110,000.

Charlotte Amalie

St Croix

Aerial photograph of Charlotte Amalie

Tranquil beach scene on Saint Croix

 

The most well known of the USVI is St Thomas (population 51,000) which is a major port of call for most cruise lines operating in the Caribbean as well a tourists arriving by air at the Cyril E King Airport. The airport acts a hub for all of the VI chain with connecting flights to many US cities and routes around the World. Notable landmarks include Magens Bay, Blackbeard's Castle, Buck Island National Wildlife Reserve and Fort Christian.

Saint Croix is actually the largest of the USVI (28 miles long and 7 miles wide) and lies 36 miles south of Saint Thomas. Saint Croix has two main towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted and a population of around 53,000.

Saint John is the smallest of the main three USVI and lies just 4 miles east of Saint Thomas; covering an area just under 20 square miles with a population of 4,000. Serviced by a regular ferry from Charlotte Amalie (every hour to Cruz Bay); the island is a popular day trip for cruise passengers. Most of Saint John is under developed and a National Park with many notable landmarks including the world famous Trunk Bay. 

St Thomas US Virgin Islands

The region was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named after Saint Ursula and her many followers. The US Virgin Islands have been under various European control over the years including the British, Spanish, French and Danish. The Danish settled in 1672 and held control until 1917 when a sale was agreed to the US Government and United States citizenship was granted to the islanders in 1927.
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Quick Facts

Capital
Charlotte Amalie

Main Airport
Cyril E King

Main Port
Charlotte Amalie

Language
English

Currency
US Dollar

Government
Unincorporated
Organized US Territory

Island Size
134
 Square Miles

Population
110,000
 

Map of St Thomas USVI

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas

Charlotte Amalie

St Thomas Cruise Port

Cruise Port
Saint Thomas

Map of St John USVI

Cruz Bay St John

Cruz Bay Saint John

Trunk Bay St John

Trunk Bay St John

Map of St Croix USVI

Buck Island St Croix

Buck Island
St Croix