Virgin Islands are characterized by a mountainous, rugged and hilly terrain and the area experiences occasional earthquakes from time to time. Recently, the Virgin Islands have been characterized by hurricanes and frequent floods and severe droughts. Saint Croix is the largest Island on Virgin Islands. The more relaxed by stunningly beautiful island of Saint John houses a tiny town, several resorts and the Virgin Islands National Park that covers almost two thirds of the territory. The most populated and liveliest island is Saint Thomas which as serves as the capital. Notable holidays observed in Virgin Islands are the Transfer Day when US gained control of the territory from Denmark and the Emancipation Day.
The Buck Island Reef National Monument is one of the key destinations on Virgin Islands that were established with the aim of preservation of marine gardens. The Christened National Historic Site was built to preserve five historic structures and there a national historic park at Salt River Bay that houses large mango forests, submarine canyon and coral reefs. Virgin Islands is well served by a reliable bus service and taxi services and visitors can still rent scooters and cars to tour around the island.
The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument is made of submerged lands and it is definitely worthy some few minutes of your time. There are many galleries in Virgin Islands where you can buy fine pieces of art. Virgin Islands is duty free meaning that shopping is not an expensive activity and you can find numerous items ranging from gold and diamond jewelry to tanzanite and rums along other items that you might be looking for.
Driving in Virgin Islands is on the left and you need to be careful when driving around. While traffic might not be very heavy to give you a hard time as such, you need to be careful not to hit pedestrians and cyclists on the way. Also, despite the fact that Virgin Islands are relatively safe, visitors are advised to be very cautious at night. Currently, the problem drug trafficking and related crimes have become quite popular nowadays. While tourists have never been targets of these crimes, they are nevertheless easy to prey on and most of the thieves usually take advantage of this to rob tourists. Even some restaurants are not safe and if you have to travel at night, it is highly recommended that you call a taxi.
Tourists are also not safe at the secluded beaches like Salt Pond Bay and must never leave their valuables unattended. Even though there health risks on the islands are rare, it is also important that you are a little cautious especially when drinking water or eating at the restaurants. However, Virgin Islands are like a paradise and you definitely don’t have to worry about that. The greeting system followed by islanders in Virgin Islands follows time of the day and greeting people is customary. All in all, Virgin Islands islanders are very hospitable and friendly to tourists and you can expect to take home a memorable experience.