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5 things the Virgin Islands are famous for

Scuba diving is a popular activity in the islands.
Scuba diving is a popular activity in the islands.
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The Virgin Islands are the western group of islands of the “Leeward Islands,” which form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. From a political standpoint, the eastern islands are called the “British Virgin Islands” whereas the islands to the west are known as the “Virgin Islands of the United States.” However, the official currency of both the British and American Virgin Islands is the U.S. dollar. Interestingly, mostly all the Virgin Islands require that drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road—which is the norm in England.

The Virgin Islands were overtaken by European colonists in the 1600s and 1700s. The lush landscapes made the islands ripe to start sugar plantations and tobacco plantations. Slaves were brought from Africa to work these plantations and today most Virgin Island natives are the descendants of these African slaves.

The quality of life on the Virgin Islands is quite high since most of the islands are economically stable tourist destinations with little crime (especially the British Virgin Islands). All the islands are famous for their beautiful beaches, spicy cuisine and spirited music (notably the steel drums which take their tradition from African songs).

Below is a list of five things that the Virgin Islands are associated with:

Beaches
Beaches Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Beaches

The Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean and so, like most places in that area, every island is known to have beautiful beaches full of soft sand and crystal clear waters.

Nice Weather
Nice Weather Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nice Weather

The Virgin Islands are regaled for their beautiful weather. The temperatures rarely drop below 70 degrees—although it can sometimes get very hot, well over 100! There is no snow in the islands but there are occasional instances of rain. The only major weather problems come from hurricane season which generally hits the area in the months of August and September.

Resorts
Resorts Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Resorts

The Virgin Islands are excellent places to take a vacation so they are hotspots for tourists. Every year thousands of people come to the islands to relax in the sunny atmosphere. Therefore, the islands are known to have many beautiful resorts that include state of the art facilities to enhance visitor’s experiences.

Cruises
Cruises Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Cruises

Cruise ships are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to travel and cruise trips to the Virgin Islands are especially popular. Thus, it is very common for cruise ships to dock at a port on the islands and let passengers out to explore the location on foot.

Scuba Diving
Scuba Diving Ed Giles/Getty Images

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is a popular activity for people who are on holiday in the islands. The Caribbean waters offer many opportunities to see exotic and colorful fish and coral. Hence, scuba diving trips, usually with a guide, are available on most of the islands.