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Bar Hopping Through Bustling St. Thomas

St. Thomas is a secluded slice of Caribbean paradise with a rich colonial history. Established in the 1600s as a bustling port for traders in the sugarcane industry and pirates alike, today the island is a thriving commercial port and popular stopover for luxury cruise ships visiting the US Virgin Islands. The island is divided into three distinct parts: The lively port and downtown area of Charlotte Amalie, the East End with resorts and quiet beaches and the North Coast and Magens Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This 31-square mile (83-sq-km) island is a secluded home to…

Commemoration of United States’ Purchase of the Virgin Islands

The United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark March 31, 1917 for 25 million dollars. Transfer Day, the official holiday commemorating the sale, is celebrated on St. Croix every year on that date by all of the islands. The main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, but there are other smaller islands. While the leading source of income is tourism, the production of rum is a close second, and there has been a recent resurgence of farming. The primary language is English, but a small percentage of the population speaks French and Spanish. It is a…

The No Longer Unclear History of St. Thomas

The No Longer Unclear History of St. Thomas St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is known for being one of the top resort and vacation destinations in the world. Contrary to popular belief, the island territory was actually settled around 1500 B.C. by the Ciboney tribe, then the Taino, Carib, and Arawak tribes. On Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World in 1493, he “discovered” St. Thomas en route to Puerto Rico. The Pirates Arrive After Columbus’ report of St. Thomas reached the European nations, several discovery expeditions followed, and the unguarded island natives succumbed to disease and famine as…

Find Romance in the US Virgin Islands

Find Romance in the US Virgin Islands Whether you’re planning a wedding and honeymoon, anniversary, or just wanting to spend some romantic time away with your other half, the US Virgin Islands are the perfect getaway destination to enjoy the trip of your dreams. The islands are packed full of beautiful sights and opportunities for adventure, where lush hills and untouched beaches provide the most perfect picturesque romantic backdrop. Known around the world as one of the most romantic places to visit, there is something for every couple to enjoy at this exotic locale. St. Johns is for Lovers Two-thirds…

Valentine’s Day In The US Virgin Islands

Are you tired of the same old Valentine’s Day? If you are, then why not travel to some place exotic like the US Virgin Islands. There are a lot of fun and exciting activities to to do while you visit, and it can be refreshing to get away. Below are a few of the top activities to do on your visit.   Beaches   If you’re a beach goer, then this is the perfect place! The beaches around St. John and St. Thomas are the kind that you see in post cards – white sands, blue water, palm trees, and…

The 16th Annual St. John Arts Festival

St John Arts Festival

If you’re looking for something fun and unique to do in St. John, check out the St. John Arts Festival in Cruz Bay. This festival has been happening for sixteen years, and it features music, dancing and displays of arts and crafts.   The St. John Arts Festival takes place over five days, and each day has different performances from local musicians and dancers. The festival kicks off on Saturday, February 13th, with Children’s Day. You can see a concert put on by the Love City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra. Or, you can listen to a talented children’s choir….

Around St. Croix: Stunning St. Croix Marathon

“Around St. Croix” is the name of a picturesque marathon that’s located on St. Croix, the Caribbean island. The marathon spans 50 miles total. It’s a popular marathon for a number of different factors. Many people love participating in Around St. Croix because it gives them the opportunity to revel in the sheer beauty and splendor of the island. Many people love participating in the marathon because of the physical benefits. Running and jogging can do wonders for the body and help keep it in peak physical condition. A lot of people also love the marathon because of the sense…

Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair

“Journeys and Pathways”, the 2016 Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair, will be held on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands on April 21 to 23. This second annual event will celebrate and highlight literature’s role in society and culture. This is your chance to take part in an enjoyable celebration, meet authors in person, and at the same time support literacy and books and learn more about the importance of literature in inspiring a love of reading. Keynote Speaker International popular author Salman Rushdie will be this year’s keynote speaker. He is the author of twelve novels…

X-mas in Virgin Islands

Desiring to venture to a warm, tropical climate need not mean missing out on holiday fun and festivities while visiting the Virgin Islands. Much like families across the United States, the islands also celebrate with a number of traditional events. Thanksgiving   The holiday is commemorated both on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas with turkey dinners and all the trimmings. St. John additionally hosts the annual Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta. Boats of all shapes and sizes travel to Coral Bay the day after Thanksgiving for the two-day event that involves boat races by day and parties featuring…

Virgin Islands Children’s Parade

If you’re lucky enough to attend the Children’s Parade on the Virgin Islands, you’ll surely have a grand time seeing what the young people from the North American island group can accomplish together.  Children can sign up to take part in the Children’s Parade as long as they’re at least 2 years in age. The beaming children show off their physical skills, with lots of marching, leaping and dancing around in the streets. They truly appear to be joyous and full of vitality during these eye-catching displays. Rainfall sometimes occurs for short periods in the middle of these parades. While…