Virgin Islands (U.s.)
St. Thomas, USVI
The USVI, also known as the Virgin Islands is characterized as subtropical, with easterly trade winds, minimal variation in seasonal temperature and a rainy season usually between September and November. The USVI is a key location along the Anegada Passage, an important shipping lane for the Panama Canal. The prevailing language is English with Spanish, French Creole or Spanish Creole spoken by approximately 15% of the population. The capital, Charlotte Amalie is located on St. Thomas. In addition to St. Thomas, the USVI is made up of St. Croix, St. John and Water Island. Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for an overwhelming majority of both GDP and employment. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, rum distilling, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. USVI has two major airports: the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix.
There are no sales tax or state income taxes in the Virgin Islands. Residents pay income tax to the USVI government. USVI is a U.S. territory, run by an elected governor and under the jurisdiction of the president of the United States of America. A passport is not required to travel to the USVI and residents are American citizens.
St. Thomas, while only 32 square miles in size, offers a plethora of activities. Shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining are among the favorite activities of tourists as well as 52,000 residents. The island’s world-renowned golf course, picturesque beaches and spectacular nightlife offer something for everyone. St. Thomas is also home to one of the best natural deep water harbors in the Caribbean. Those interested history can tour the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.