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US Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico

St. Thomas  |  St. John  |  St. Croix

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St. Thomas


 

St. Thomas Travel Information

Driving

Motorists drive on the left side of the street. All U.S. drivers can drive for up to 90 days with a current driver’s license. Driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

 

Cell Phones & Driving

Virgin Islands law prohibits the use of cell phones without an earpiece while driving. Please use an earpiece or you will be ticketed.

 

Dress Code

Dress is casual, but proper attire (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas. Bathing suits are worn at the beach and pool only.

 

Street Smarts

Visitors should exercise the same safety precautions used when traveling anywhere else in the world. Lock your hotel door or car when you exit. Don’t answer the door in a hotel without verifying who it is. Place all valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly after dark, and stay in well-lighted areas.

 

Problems While Visiting

Emergency: 911
Department of Tourism Helpline:
St. Croix (340) 772-0357
St. John (340) 776-6450
St. Thomas & Water Island (340) 774-8784

 

Sun Protection

Although constant trade winds help to keep you cool it’s very important to protect yourself from the intense Caribbean sun.  Be sure to apply sunscreen frequently and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, skin and eyes.

 Ideal For: Beach Bums, Divers, Families, Value

 

 

Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.

St. John


St. John Travel Information

Driving

Motorists drive on the left side of the street. All U.S. drivers can drive for up to 90 days with a current driver’s license. Driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

 

Cell Phones & Driving

Virgin Islands law prohibits the use of cell phones without an earpiece while driving. Please use an earpiece or you will be ticketed.

 

Dress Code

Dress is casual, but proper attire (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas. Bathing suits are worn at the beach and pool only.

 

Street Smarts

Visitors should exercise the same safety precautions used when traveling anywhere else in the world. Lock your hotel door or car when you exit. Don’t answer the door in a hotel without verifying who it is. Place all valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly after dark, and stay in well-lighted areas.

 

Problems While Visiting

Emergency: 911
Department of Tourism Helpline:
St. Croix (340) 772-0357
St. John (340) 776-6450
St. Thomas & Water Island (340) 774-8784

 

Sun Protection

Although constant trade winds help to keep you cool it’s very important to protect yourself from the intense Caribbean sun.  Be sure to apply sunscreen frequently and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, skin and eyes.

 Ideal For: Beach Bums, Divers, Families, Nature Lovers, Value

 

 

The natural beauty of the Caribbean, St. John offers visitors pristine splendor amid modern luxuries. Originally settled by the Arawak and Carib Indians, the island has a history as rich as its landscape. The United States purchased St. John from the Danish West India and Guinea Company in 1917, and in 1956, Laurance Rockefeller donated over 5,000 acres of land to the National Park Service. With two-thirds of the island designated as national forest, St. John has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, like the much-beloved Trunk Bay. This blue flag-rated and ADA-accessible beach is renowned for its crystal sands and underwater nature trail, and visitors have an array of nearby accommodations from which to choose, including upscale resorts and intimate eco-tents. Come to St. John for its unspoiled beauty, and stay for the unforgettable memories.

St. Croix


St. Croix Travel Information

Driving

Motorists drive on the left side of the street. All U.S. drivers can drive for up to 90 days with a current driver’s license. Driver and front seat passengers must wear seat belts at all times.

 

Cell Phones & Driving

Virgin Islands law prohibits the use of cell phones without an earpiece while driving. Please use an earpiece or you will be ticketed.

 

Dress Code

Dress is casual, but proper attire (shirts and shoes) should be worn in public areas. Bathing suits are worn at the beach and pool only.

 

Street Smarts

Visitors should exercise the same safety precautions used when traveling anywhere else in the world. Lock your hotel door or car when you exit. Don’t answer the door in a hotel without verifying who it is. Place all valuables in the hotel’s safe deposit box. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly after dark, and stay in well-lighted areas.

 

Problems While Visiting

Emergency: 911
Department of Tourism Helpline:
St. Croix (340) 772-0357
St. John (340) 776-6450
St. Thomas & Water Island (340) 774-8784

 

Sun Protection

Although constant trade winds help to keep you cool it’s very important to protect yourself from the intense Caribbean sun.  Be sure to apply sunscreen frequently and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, skin and eyes.

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Culture, Divers, Families, Value

 

 

Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark and the United States all played a role in its past and brought their influence to the native Arawak and Carib peoples. Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year.

But these are only a few of the things you can enjoy on the island.  St. Croix provides gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino, and golf.  Although only 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, the landscape of St. Croix is surprisingly diverse. Visiting just the two main towns of St. Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history—from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.

 

 

Puerto Rico


Puerto Rico Travel Information

Entry Requirements:

There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, which mean that US citizens can travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico such as a current driver’s license or a photo-identification card issued to non-drivers by a state’s motor vehicles department.

 

Courtesy and Dress:

Puerto Ricans are a gentle and friendly people. The island feels more like Latin America than the United States. Swim wear is fine for the beach and leisure wear for the resorts, but elsewhere a little dressing up is in order. Night time in San Juan is somewhat informal. Light and loose cotton clothing is the best bet year-round for Puerto Rico’s warm tropical climate. Pack a sweater for cool season evenings or if you plan to visit the mountain regions.

 

Money Matters:

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US and uses the dollar. The US dollar is often referred to as the “peso”. All major credit cards are widely accepted: American Express, Visa, Diner’s Club, Discovery, Master Card and other Bank credit cards. You can also access your money at thousands of ATMs throughout the island. Puerto Rico has a 5.5% sales tax. Municipalities have the option of imposing an additional sales tax of up to 1.5% (effective on November 15, 2006). In addition, in the event that the governor determines an insufficiency in collections for the general fund an additional 1% to the central government will be imposed.

Tipping is much the same as in the States. In hotels, major restaurants and nightclubs services charges are usually included. However, many inexpensive restaurants do not add service charge. If it isn’t, tip between 15% and 20%

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Food Snobs, Value

 

 

Rich in history and filled with natural wonders, enchanting Puerto Rico has it all: world-class resorts, 300 miles of shoreline, fine dining and nightlife that sizzles. Golfers have the option of playing on courses that face the Atlantic, the Caribbean or the lush foothills of the rainforest. Tour Old San Juan, the oldest city in the US, the historic town of Ponce and the 400-year-old forts at San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal.

Recently there has been a surge of recent investment in places like San Juan, Dorado Beach, and the nearby island of Vieques. On the small satellite island of Vieques, the new El Blok is shaking things up with bold design and cuisine from Puerto Rican top chef José Enrique, whose namesake restaurant in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan still draws lively crowds with his contemporary-tropical menu.

 

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