St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John comprise the US Virgin Islands. Their close proximity to Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands make the larger of the islands, St. Thomas, a popular cruise destination but that does not change the laid back feel that each of them displays in earnest. Each of the US Virgin Islands has distinct characteristics all their own:
St. Thomas - Considered the most cosmopolitan, St. Thomas still retains much of the secluded nature and rustic charm it has had for centuries. Only 32 square miles, St. Thomas offers visitors just enough activity to keep them interested if they choose to engage and enough privacy to relax the days away. For an active yet relaxing excursion, take the 99 steps of Charlotte Amalie and treat yourself to incomparable views of the island.
St. Croix – The largest of the US Virgin islands, St. Croix maintains its small village appeal. An island steeped in culture and history, visitors will find much in the way of art, dance, and music at any given time. Do as much or as little as you want on this island – diving, ecotours, and boating abound, if you choose to indulge.
St. John – This island provides the absolute definition of private vacation. About 60% of the island is a national park, celebrating St. John’s natural beauty. The tranquility this island provides is a welcomed respite form the hustle and bustle found in other tourist destinations in the Caribbean.
Water Island – This 491 and a half acre island is about a half mile off the short of St. Thomas. Populated by less than 200 people, this little getaway island offer seclusion and relaxation, exploration and camaraderie. It isn’t uncommon to make friends with the residents and enjoy a meal or movie with them on a comfortable evening.
The US Virgin Islands were originally the home of the Ciboney, Carib, and Arawak Indians. After changing hands frequently between the, French, British, and Spanish, the US Virgin Islands was sold top the United States in the early 1900s.
The US Virgin Islands offers much tot e the interested traveler. Visitors can island hop to see and feel the different perspectives or choose one island and explore what it has to offer. The choice is yours. In the US Virgin Islands, no matter what you choose, you will be in paradise.
Size: St. Croix: 84 square miles, St. Thomas: 32 square miles, St. John: 20 square miles
Demonym: Virgin Islander
Government: Unincorporated Organized Territory of the United States
Currency: US dollar (US$)
Main City: Charlotte Amalie
Main Airports: St. Croix: Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport and St. Thomas: Cyril E. King International Airport
Telephone Country Code: 340
Local Rum: Cruzan Rum & Captain Morgan Rum
National Dish: Kallaloo
Entry Visa: All visitors to the US Virgin Islands will need to have a valid passport (not to enter the US Virgin Islands if you are coming form the US, but travel returning to the US mainland increasingly requires a passport) and an onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for citizens of the United States, Canada and most European Union countries.
When To Go: The weather in the US Virgin Islands is warm year round. The temperature ranges between 73°F and 89°F. Mid-April to early May is a popular time to visit St Thomas as their carnival is in full swing. Mid-December until early January is popular for St. Croix during the Cruzan Christmas Fiesta.
Marriage Requirements: Couples looking to get married in the US Virgin Islands will need to apply for a marriage license from the Superior Court of the US Virgin Islands in St Thomas or St Croix. The couple will also need to submit a letter stating dates of visit, length of stay and preferred wedding date, if they would like to have the marriage ceremony performed by a judge.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 21, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Residency Requirement: Couples will need to be on island 8 days from receipt of notarized application unless paperwork is completed prior to arrival.
Fees: Marriage Application: US$100, Marriage Ceremony: US$400 and Marriage License: US$100.
Witnesses: Two people are required to witness the marriage.