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: