Assistant Commissioner of Tourism: Judith Watson Phone: (340) 774-8784 Fax: (340) 774-4390
Vital Statistics The U.S. Virgin Islands' principal islands are St. Croix (the largest), St. Thomas, and St. John. The temperature averages 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with low humidity. Some form of photo identification, such as a driver's license, is essential for entry, and while passports are not required, they are recommended. The islands are on Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard. The currency is the U.S. dollar. Though American in many ways, islanders follow the English custom of driving on the left. Carriers servicing the islands include Delta, American, US Airways, Air St. Thomas, and LIAT. The islands have approximately 2,500 first-class hotel rooms.
Recent Developments Marriott Beach Resorts, Frenchman's Reef and MorningStar, on St. Thomas is slated to complete its $40 million reconstruction in December 1997. In November 1997, an extensive renovation of the former Hyatt Regency will be complete and the resort will reopen as the Westin Resort, St. John. King's Alley Walk on St. Croix has added new shops and hotel suites.
Meeting Venues The large number of USVI resorts equipped to handle meetings or incentive groups includes Blue-beard's Castle; The Buccaneer; Caneel Bay; Doubletree Sapphire Beach Resort; Elysian Beach Resort; Gallows Point Resort; Hotel on the Cay; Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and MorningStar; Renaissance Grand Beach; The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas; Westin Carambola; Westin Resort, St. John; Windward Passage; and Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club and Resort.
Sights to See There is duty- and tax-free shopping. From jazz clubs to island festivals, the nightlife hops. Numerous international dining options, including local West Indian cuisine, are available. Some unusual sightseeing options include Coral World, an underwater observatory and aquarium, and Paradise Point Tramway, which features a bird's-eye view of Charlotte Amalie. Additional attractions include Annaberg Plantation Ruins, Drakes Seat, Buck Island Reef Underwater National Park, Estate St. Peter Botanical Gardens, and Cruzan Rum Distillery.
Special Events & Theme Parties Popular group events include chartered sailing trips, snorkeling or scuba excursions, barbecue beach parties, and themed dinner events. Most hotels offer Caribbean nights, complete with colorfully costumed stilt dancers known as Mocko Jumbies.
Recreation The U.S. Virgin Islands offer water sports galore, which include guided kayak tours, parasailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, and jet skiing. Horseback riding, hiking, tennis, mountain biking, and golf are favorite land-based activities.