Virgin Islands (U.s.)
About St. John, 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.
60% of this island is comprised of an unspoiled national park making St. John is as far away one can get from civilization. Accessed exclusively by boat, St. John is home to approximately 4,000 residents. The Annaberg Sugar Plantation located on the island often hosts exhibitions, concerts and the grounds of this plantation offer a glimpse into the rich agricultural history of the island.