Our IslandsU.S. Virgin Islands: Shared History, Appeal and Attratctions
In addition to picturesque beaches, the U.S. Virgin Islands share a rich history from colonial forts, restored plantations, greathouse museums, and contemporary art galleries displaying the work of local artists.
Seven flags have flown over St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix since their discovery in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. The islands have been ruled in succession by the Spanish, English, French, Knights of Malta, French (for a second time), the Danish, and now, of course, the islands are part of the United States. This eclectic historical path has influenced the development of all three islands, particularly during the Danish reign. Street, town and area names, architecture and former plantations all reveal the vast influence on the islands still remaining after 251 years under Danish rule.
The U.S. Virgin Islands offer year-round warm temperatures with averages of 77°F (25°C) in winter, and 82°F (28°C) in summer. St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas are within the Atlantic Standard Time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (except during Daylight Savings Time).
For information about the United States Virgin Islands, call 800-372-USVI (8784) and visit www.visitusvi.com. As a United States Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require proof of citizenship from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.