Each and every visit to the Caribbean is like no other. There is always something new to learn, places to go or things to do. Sculpted by nature, the islands are ever-changing and evolving. With so many islands to choose from it is never easy to decide on where to stop.
We want to introduce you to our beautifully unique islands. Make sure you stay a while, take your time! In the Caribbean there’s no rush, let’s just ‘go with the flow’.
The more you learn, the more you will want to know, so relax and discover
The flag of the US Virgin Islands was adopted on 17th May 1921.
A simplified version of the United States coat of arms is displayed between the letters V and I. This is because the islands are part of the territories of the United States of America. The lettering stands for Virgin Islands.
The eagle holds an olive branch in one claw and three arrows in the other, the latter depicting the three major islands that make up the US Virgin Islands. The white background of the flag is said to represent purity.
Referred to as the seal of the United Stated Virgin Islands, it featured the three main islands that make up the archipelago. In the centre is the Bananaquit, the flags national bird. The flags of the United States and of Denmark also feature, this symbolises their status as a self-governing territory of the United States and its former status as a Danish colony.
The seal reads ‘Government of the United States Virgin Islands’.
Venture into the west end tropical forest of St.Croix and be sure to visit Mount Pelier Domino Club, a bar owned by Norma George. However, it is much more than just a bar and Norma is the reason why. Her almost constant smile and welcoming nature makes you feel right at home. All your worries and cares seem to slip away as you sit at the bar under the thatched roof with a gentle and cooling breeze. Well looked after by Norma, it’s somewhere locals frequent and visitors can’t wait to return to. The bar is also home to the infamous beer drinking pigs, be sure to buy them a beer (non-alcoholic) if you happen to stop by!
Located in the beautiful city Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas is one of several ‘step-streets’ originally built by the Danes in the mid 1700s. The bricks were brought over from Denmark and if you count as you climb them you will soon realise there are actually 103 steps. What is unique about these steps is that once you reach the top, you will be faced with another set of stairs which lead to Blackbeard’s Castle. The Castle is one of five National Historic Landmarks in the US Virgin Islands.
Virgin Islands National Park encompasses over two-thirds the island of St. John, and almost all of Hassel Island. Much of the prehistoric past and over a hundred historic sites comprise one the most comprehensive and undisturbed Caribbean landscapes.
Significant prehistoric sites are present on almost every beach and in every bay within the park. These archaeological sites date from as early as 840 BC to the arrival of Columbus in 1493. First came the Archaic Period sites of the early nomadic hunter-gatherers, followed by chiefdom villages, then complex ceremonial sites. Each had its own burial ground. These sites have given us a greater understanding of the region’s prehistory, along with the religious and social development of the Taino people who greeted Columbus.
Official Website: www.nps.gov
Drake’s Seat offers one of the best panoramic views of Magens Bay and the US and British Virgin Islands which lie to the east. It is said the British explorer; Sir Francis Drake used this area as a vantage point. Whom he was keeping an eye on is debateable, he is said to either have been spying on enemy ships of the Spanish fleet or keeping watch over his own fleet. The spot is marked by a seat, hence the name, located across the road from the parking area.