Interesting and Useful Facts About the Virgin Islands

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These useful facts about the Virgin Islands will help you in planning your trip and in enjoying your stay once you get there.

Want to get the most out of your trip? Or maybe you're just looking for information?

You'll find facts about the history, physical features, geography, weather, and people of the islands.

Here are some basic facts about the Virgin Islands which you'll find useful:


Area Code:
The telephone area code throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands is 340, followed by the seven digit local number.


Zip Codes:
St. Thomas- 00802 for physical addresses and 00801, 00803, 00804, and 00805 for PO Boxes
St. Croix- 00820 for physical addresses and 00823 and 00824 for PO Boxes
St. John- 00830 for physical addresses and 00831 for PO Boxes


Time:
The time zone of the Virgin Islands is Atlantic Standard time, which is one hour later than Eastern Standard time. Noon in New York means 1:00 PM in the islands.

When Daylight Savings Time is in effect in the U.S., time is the same on the East Coast of the U.S. and in the Virgin Islands (there is no Daylight Savings Time change in the USVI).


Weather:
Of course, one of the most appealing aspects of the Virgin Islands is the nearly perfect climate and weather.
For information on weather in the Virgin Islands, click here.


Money:
The money of the Virgin Islands is the U.S. Dollar; U.S. currency is used throughout the islands and credit cards are accepted by almost all businesses.


Electricity:
110 volt, 60 hz AC, just like in the U.S., with the same outlet/plug configuration.


People:
The population of the U.S. Virgin Islands is about 118,000, with about 60,000 people on St. Thomas, about 52,000 on St. Croix, and about 6,000 on St. John.

About seventy-five percent of the people are descended from African ancestors who were brought to the Caribbean as slaves to work on the sugar plantations.

The remaining twenty-five percent are immigrants from North America, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Europe, India, the Middle East, and elsewhere; as well as people descended from old Virgin Islands families of French, Danish, English, and Dutch backgrounds.


Physical Features:
Without a doubt, the U.S. Virgin Islands are one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world! Find out about the unique qualities and physical facts about the Virgin Islands that make them such a stunning destination.

To learn more about the physical features and geographical facts about the Virgin Islands, go to the Virgin Islands Physical Features page here.


History:
The historical facts about the Virgin Islands are fascinating, and touring historical sites and ruins can make for one of the most appealing aspects of your visit to the Virgin Islands.

For a detailed description of the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands, visit the History of the Virgin Islands page here.







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