Idyllic and attuned to tourism, the allure of the Virgin Islands in US lies in its solid tourism infrastructure and its beautiful settings. In 1493, when Columbus spotted the archipelago, named the islands 'Las Once Mil Virgenes,' inspired by the legend of St. Ursula and her 11,000 martyred virgins. An archipelago of over 60 islands, cays and islets lying east of Puerto Rico, the hub of activities is concentrated in three Islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Accommodations are quite easy to find!
Almost a century of US control has ensured that the indigenous culture is layered under American influence. Inhabitants are mainly African descendants along with a small percentage of Europeans - predominantly English and Danes. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy contributing about 80% of the GDP, so you can get there only with a lot of cash.
Sea food is the main dish liked by the people of US Virgin Islands. Lobsters, wahoo, mahi mahi and tuna form the main menu of most of the restaurants and other eating joints. But there's a dish that suits every palate, every pocket and every stomach (gastronomically speaking). Go find yours!
As on other Caribbean islands, music is an essential part of life. You'll hear it blaring over the sound of horns as you stroll down the streets. The highlight of festivities is the April carnival that dates back to the days of slave importation. The traditional African custom has been changed around to fit the customs of Christianity.
July to October is the 'Hurricane months,' so better don't plan your trip around that time. The peak tourist season is December through April when the festive mood is inviting though the prices and crowds aren't. The Islands are as lively at night as in the morning! Steel- pan orchestras, rock and roll bands, piano, jazz, disco, karaoke, you name it and they've got it.
A number of airlines offer passage from various places in the North America to the USVI. However there are no direct flights from Europe. There's a regular ferry service between the British Virgin Islands and USVI as well as a weekend ferry between Puerto Rico and USVI. As for travelling within the islands, you can rent a car out, pick a cab or better opt for the public transport. However, for safety reasons always travel in a taxi at night.